Author shows off tricks of the trade in Sunderland

Author Andrew Jenkin was in Waterstones signing copies of his book, The Curse of the Lamton Worm, which he has also illustrated. Here, Andrew is pictured with Georgia, five and Abigail, three and their mum Ashley from Roker.

Author Andrew Jenkin was in Waterstones signing copies of his book, The Curse of the Lamton Worm, which he has also illustrated. Here, Andrew is pictured with Georgia, five and Abigail, three and their mum Ashley from Roker.

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CHILDREN’S author Andrew Jenkin showed off some tricks of the trade at a special signing session on Wearside.

Andrew has written and illustrated The Curse of the Lambton Worm.

He was at Waterstones, in The Bridges, to sign copies of the book as well as demonstrate how he draws the characters which feature throughout his work.

His book tells the famous Sunderland legend of the fearsome dragon the Lambton Worm and Sir John Lambton, who fishes the worm from the River Wear as a boy.

The worm then grows into a monstrous dragon at the bottom of a well and terrorises the surrounding countryside.

But Sir John returns from the Crusades to fight the Worm, but his family is cursed after he is helped by a witch and breaks his promise to her.

Andrew, who retold the story and researched the history of the worm, also illustrated the children’s picture book.

Andrew, who lives in the north Wales, said: “I’ve done a few of these signings now and people’s response to it has always been very good.

“If you’re in Sunderland and just mention the Lambton Worm people instantly smile because it’s the home of the worm

“I’ve done a few little doodles of the worm and the knight fighting the dragon, too.

“It’s been interesting.”

Andrew, 36, is now hard at work creating his next release on the back of successful sales of The Curse of the Lambton Worm.

He warned fans that they may have to wait a while as he cares for young daughter, Violet, with wife Tracey, 35.

“I’m currently researching other dragon myths for a new book,” he said.

“But the Lambton Worm book that I’ve done, the first edition has sold out so we are going to be doing a second edition.

“The second dragon book is still a while away, as I have a two-year-old daughter who I’m busy with.

“Hopefully it won’t be too long before I get it finished.”

Andrew added that he wanted to thank the City Library, in Fawcett Street, for help in putting together The Curse of the Lambton Worm.

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