Teignmouth artist Laura Wall is about to set off on a new adventure.
The author and illustrator of the Goose series, who has her flagship gallery at the heart of the Arts Quarter in Teignmouth is about to embark on a five-day bike ride as part of her latest project.
Laura will join adventurer Laura Bingham to celebrate the launch of Mountain of Dreams, the first in the One Girl and Her Bicycle series of books.
Written by Bingham and illustrated by Wall, the books tell the story of how Bingham faced a solo 7,000km cycle ride across the continent of South America, over the Andes mountain range in 2016.
The pair, together with publisher Anna Wilkinson, set off from Teignmouth heading to Winchester on Sunday July 7.
It will raise money for Operation South America, a charity that helps vulnerable girls in South America and Read for Good, a UK based literacy charity helping disadvantaged communities and children in hospital.
Laura Wall said: “‘It’s been fascinating working with Laura on this special book. I spoke a lot with her when illustrating it, as I really wanted the artwork to echo her experiences and especially the emotions she felt on this incredible journey. I found myself reflecting on the images as I was creating them and thinking, ‘Wow I can’t believe Laura actually did this.”
Starting at Laura Wall’s gallery in Teignmouth, the trio will cycle through five counties – Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire – to reach Winchester, Laura Bingham’s birthplace, visiting schools along the route to share Laura’s story and inspire a new generation of adventurers.
Mountains of Dreams, the first in the One Girl and Her Bicycle series, follows the challenges and experiences Laura had in Ecuador, the first of the five countries she cycled through. Laura’s wish is that the story of her own extraordinary adventure, illustrated in Laura Wall’s bold and evocative style, will inspire children worldwide to seek their own adventures and to always follow their dreams.
Laura Bingham said: “I wanted to share my experience with children in the hope of inspiring them to live a life more wild, to dream, to explore and interact directly with the environment around them. It’s said that the only limitation is that of your imagination, and the opportunity to inspire a new generation of explorers, adventurers and children intrigued and fascinated by our world is so important to me.
“Research has shown us that playing and learning outdoors can significantly increase a child’s resilience, confidence and well-being, and the benefits of cycling and exercise on maintaining and improving both physical and mental health are well- recognised. If the story of my journey can help children to adopt an adventurous, active approach to life, it would truly fulfil one of my passions.”