This trio consists of three characters – one is a pig (Barty), one is a duck (Darcy) and Maurice (Mo) Bird is their creator and author of five children’s books.

Mo is described by Jane Howsam, Bolingbroke Deanery Administrator, as a ‘well known character’ around Spilsby with ‘many a tale to tell’. Mo has supported the church and its Grape Vine publication over many years.

Given his propensity for a yarn it’s not surprising that Mo has spent his life writing. He wrote his first book The Toss of a Coin in 1978 about his experience of cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Known as the ‘End to End Run’ this name inspired the name of his company, End to End Labels Ltd, which he ran for 30 years before handing over to his daughters on his retirement.   He has also penned comedy scripts, adult fiction, commercial material and a pantomime about rubbish! The children’s stories are a latter project and he is working with his daughter Cheryl to turn one of them into an audio book.

Mo’s love of classical music and dance inspired his first book ‘Barty and Darcy: A Small Step for Pig, a Giant Leap for Duck’. The two protagonists are Barty, an operatic tenor and Darcy, a duck that wants to be a ballet dancer. The story is a tale of friendship and of overcoming problems.

Given his skills, Mo was invited by the Assistant Head of New Leake Primary school in Boston to try and inspire the children to read and write stories. It was a great success both for the children and for Mo.  He was able to ask them about what they thought of his stories and whether they understood them and they gave comments and suggestions for illustrations and even checked for spelling.

Mo said: “I have always loved writing and it is wonderful to be invited to talk to the children about stories and to try and enthuse them about reading. The children at the school really are a delight and that must be testament to the teachers. Since going there I have been told there has been an increased motivation towards the editing of their own writing and therefore further improvements in the quality. I have since offered to go to other primary schools around Lincolnshire and to youth organisations to offer encouragement to young people to write.

“The beauty of asking children what they think is they don’t hold back and I received a thorough critique of my stories which was invaluable. If I can inspire just one child to write stories or to take up reading I will consider that one of my greatest achievements.”