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Anneliese Emmans Dean


We are very sad to learn that Anneliese, author of two award-winning books Buzzing! and Flying High!, passed away on 30th May, 2022 after a long illness. Her passion was to bring poetry closer to children using the natural world and vice versa. She especially loved to read her poems to them, bringing to life the character of each animal mentioned in her unique and enthusiastic manner. A wonderful, warm-hearted, fun-loving and highly talented lady, who will be very much missed. We will remember her with much fondness.





Forthcoming Publications


They can be pre-ordered online at a 20% discount about 2 months before the publication date. See more info on Facebook. 




A Weed-lover's Calendar

Rachel Fulcher

Publication Date: 2022


An Invertebrate Fable

Simon Zonenblick

Publication date: 2022




Discovering British Wild Flowers

Deirdre Shirreffs

Publication date: 23rd February 2021


Bee Tiger

Philip Howse

Publication date: 28th June 2021





Dragons and Damsels

An Identification Guide for British and Irish Odonata

Adrian Riley

Publication date: 28th March 2020


Wit and Wisdom

Hugh David Loxdale

Publication date: 9th September 2020







August 16-18th Rutland Bird Fair

Meet us at Marquee 7 Stand 9.


May 18-19th Norfolk Bird Fair at Pensthorpe

We will be at Pensthorpe this weekend, with two signing sessions planned for Edward Giles presenting his books Those with Webbed Feet, and Stuart Medland presenting both his books Rings in the Shingle and The Worshipful Companies which are part of the series Encounters with Norfolk Wildlife. This is the link to the fair.




April 3-5th Aphid special interest group (RES)

Interesting few days at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, with giant aphids on display.




March 12-14th London Book Fair



From left: We will start using Focus software for our publishing business with the help of Bonny Uba; lunch meeting with our marketing team; meeting up with talented illustrators; Brambleby displays at the Poetry Corner




August 29-31st ENTO 18

Conference Royal Entomological Conference at Ormskirk


 Charles Darwin's signature in the RES Fellowship Registar.


August 17-19th  Rutland Birdfair

It was a fantastic experience. With so many visitors. Thank you for coming by. Here are some photos.



 Setting up and decorating the stall



 Ready for the visitors!



 Three Brambleby presenters: Edward Giles (left), Anneliese Emmans Dean and John Lee



 Anneliese performing one of her poems!



 John Lee meeting Chris Packham.


This year Brambleby Books will have a stand at the Rutland Birdfair for the first time. Please visit us in Marquee 7, stand 13. We are looking forward to seeing you there. We will bring a large selection of books, not just birding books. In addition, there will be a prize draw competition to win 50 worth of books, and a book signing and entertaining recital session at our stall. To see more go to


June 22

Launch of The Butterfly Collection by Richard Harrington at the Natural History Museum, London - a full success.


 Photo: Creatix design

(from left: Hugh Loxdale, Brambleby Books; Author, Richard Harrington; Nicola Loxdale, Brambleby Books; Tanya Warren, Creatix design)



Richard Harrington is ready to sign his book The Butterfly Collection for customers at Waterstones in Harpenden.





November 23 - York Culture Awards

Congratulations to Anneliese Emmans Dean. She won!

November 15

Edward Giles's new website goes live introducing his book Those with Webbed Feet.

November 2 - Hugh Loxdale's new poetry website goes live!


12 and 13 August, Shrewsbury Flower Show

If you are in Shropshire in August, don't miss the Shrewsbury Flower Show on the 12th and 13th. Dr Emma Lawrence, author of the children's books 'The Worm' and 'Slugs and Snails', will be there creating a children's trail with the chance of winning a prize.


14 July, Book Launch in The Book Inn, Leigh-on-Sea

Ross Gardner will present his second book - The Greater World of Little Things. At 7-9pm. If you live close by, please join in.


6 July, Lakeland Book of the Year Award 2016

The organisers have invited us to attend as we have submitted the book Walking with Birds by Colin Whittle. How exciting!


8 April, Edinburgh International Science Festival

A funny, fact-filled family show about housefly survival and insect biology performed by Brambleby author and Private Eye cartoonist Mike Barfield, based on his critically acclaimed book SWAT!



November 7


NS Teachers' Book Award:

Anneliese's book Buzzing! wins the award in the Poetry section. Congratulations!





Buzzing! author Anneliese Emmans Dean gave me these photos taken during a school visit in Cambridge at World Book Day.




July 5

Anneliese Emmans Dean and Mike Barfield will be at the Insect Festival in York, introducing young and old kids to the world of insects, both extolling their virtues...and swatting them!





Letter from a Mike Barfield fan, after Mike had visited a school in Hull and presented his SWAT Show.





Hay-on-Wye Festival

Anneliese Emmans Dean with Buzzing and Mike Barfield with SWAT were invited to present their books in a show for children.




17th, Norfolk Bird Fair:

Adrian Riley is signing his book Norfolk Wildlife between 10:30 ad 12:00 at the Norfolk Bird Fair at Manning Hall.


12: 45:

Are you a birder? Or are you a dude? Or are you a "Birduder"? Rob Sawyer tells of the highs and lows of his somewhat hopeless yet always enjoyable bird watching "career" in the UK and explains why he is definitely a Birduder.



David Smith (right), the author, and Hugh Loxdale, the editor, finishing the manuscript African Queens and their kin, ready to be sent off to the layout-team.





December 13: Author Rob Sawyer (Birduder 344) is given the presentation 'What makes me tick' at the Hounsdown Community Centre, Hounsdown, Hampshire at 7:30pm. Should be very interesting and entertaining!


November 4: Royal Society Young People's Books Prize Ceremony in London.


Anneliese Emmans Dean, Nicola Loxdale and Tanya Warren on the left photo; Anneliese amongst all the authors of the shortlisted books, with the winner in the middle (photo on right).


August, Rutland Birdfair:

Brambleby authors Simon Davey (Scilly Birding), Andrew Fallan (Winging it), Bo Beolens (A-Z of Birds) and Rob Sawyer (Birduder 344) ligning up for the book signing session.




July 7: Insect festival at York


Anneliese Emmans Dean signing her book 'Buzzing' and meeting young fans. Author Mike Barfield in a stunning housefly costume, introducing his fun cartoon book 'SWAT-A fly's Guide to staying alive'.


May 17: Royal Society announces that Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans Dean has been shortlisted for their Young People's Book Prize! Fantastic news. Congratulations Anneliese.


March 6-8th: IPG annual Publishing Conference in Oxford


March 9th: Essex Book Fair

Ross Gardner, author of Never a dull Moment, and Andrew Fallan, author of Winging it, will take part at the Essex Book Fair at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park.



Buzzing! on the longlist for the Carnegie's Childrens Book Award! Congratulations Anneliese!


Signing event at Titchwell Marsh RSPB

The naturalist Ross Gardner will be signing his book 'Never a Dull Moment' at the Lackford Lakes visitor centre in Suffolk on Sunday morning, 30th September. If you are around for the coffee morning you shouldn't miss to listen to Ross's fascinating accounts about British wildlife, especially insects and plants.

Signing event at Titchwell Marsh RSPB

Andrew Fallan will sign his book 'Winging it' at Titchwell Marsh RSPB reserve in Norfolk on Saturday 29th September 2012, from 11am to 2pm. This will be a fantastic opportunity to both meet the author and to hear about his birding exploits around the UK.


Scottish Birdfair 19-20 July 2012

You can buy our books at the WildSounds stand.


Author interview

Charlie Moores from Talking Naturally interviewed Andrew Fallan about his latest book, Winging it - Birding for low-flyers.




Another book signing!!

Andrew Fallan will be at a signing session for his book Winging it on Saturday 12th November at the RSPB Visitor Centre Rainham Marshes, Essex.



Book signing!!

Author Andrew Fallan will be signing his book Winging it on Saturday 29th October at the new RSPB Visitor Centre at Wat Tyler Country Park in Basildon, Essex. Make sure you get your signed copy!


Insect Festival at York 3 July at Hospitium

We will have a raffle with fantastic prizes, such as t-shirts printed with insect photos. Join us for a fantastic day.

The day was great fun with having lots of young visitors. Some of them were lucky enough to win the t-shirts and the book What's in your Garden.

Hay on Wye Book Festival
5 June 2011

Signing session of What's in your Garden by author Sir Colin Spedding


Never a dull moment - a naturalist's view of British wildlife

by Ross Gardner


 Ross Gardner during the launch in the gardens of the Royal Entomological Society on 3rd June 2011.


Winging it - birding for low-flyers by Andrew Fallan

Foreword by Chris Packham

Launch on 21 April in Corringham


 The author Andrew Fallan (right) with his niece Kasia (to whom the book was dedicated) and Chris Packham who wrote the Foreword.


This book is all about the enjoyment of birdwatching, begun in childhood, during university time, and later, when the author found his true love.

London Book Fair  April 11-13, 2011


Brambleby Books was there joining the IPG stall.


The Jena Poems

by Hugh D. Loxdale

Publication Date: November 2010

At the Royal Entomological Society Conference at Swansea


 Brambleby Books offering latest selection of their books


What's in your Garden A book for young explorers by Colin Spedding, CBE


This book aims to encourage 7-11 year-olds to discover the abundant animal and plant life in their garden. To order please click here.




Book launch of What's in your Garden held at Butterfly World, St Albans, 4 June 2010; l to r: Nicola Loxdale - Brambleby Books; Isla Woiwod - artist; Sir Colin Spedding - author; Tanya Warren  - book designer; Dr Kate Baker - Head of Science, Melbourn Village College, Cambridge. 




Making Wildlife Ponds
Making Wildlife Ponds

A practical guide on how to create a pond in your garden, big or small.

Flying High!
Flying High!

A Bird book with a difference: it rhymes.
Bee Tiger
Bee Tiger

The Death's Head Hawk-moth story: perception and folklore