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Tinsle Tales - Benniebee/Walliewasp

Mark Leah

Benniebee - Benniebee is a story I have written and illustrated for my granddaughter. It is a story about a bee who has lost his memory due to what some scientists believe could be the result of 4G/5G masts affecting bee colonies. It is set in the queendom of Tinsle ( Tintwistle ), which is where we find our forgetful friend, nestled within the hills of the Peak District. With his memory slowly returning, he buzzes around the charming village taking in the sights and sounds that will eventually lead him to where he is the happiest. This is the first of the Tinsle Tales stories.

Walliewasp - This is the second story from the Tinsle Tales series. It is set in the queendom of Tinsle and it follows the bad tempered Walliewasp on his journey to a mystical tree which is in the otherworldly Swallows Wood on the outskirts of the queendom. The story also looks at why wasps are seen, by some, as a nuisance. We get to see a little more of the village and some of the wonderful beauty spots on his adventure. Hopefully, after reading this short story, people will change their minds about wasps and they will realise that it's not just wasps that can change their stripes.


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Mark Leah has been married to his wife, Lindsey, for nearly thirty years and is a father of three and a grandfather of two. He was brought up in "Tinsle" (Tintwistle), within the Peak District, and has many fine memories of his childhood. These memories have been the inspiration for Mark's stories. Mark works as a Kinder/Edale National Trust ranger within the Peak District and has been involved in many conservation projects over his twenty-four years of service. Mark's time in this job has also inspired his writing and illustrations.