Once I Wrote a Book About Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (or OMD as my husband calls them!)

You may have noticed a little flurry of activity recently around a certain little book I have written and illustrated. It’s safe to say I’ve been a bit excited about it!

Why OMD?

I play the electronic drums and synthesiser in a band with my husband. Our band is called Manoeuvres – it’s a tribute to the one and only Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark! I am a MASSIVE OMD fan, to me their music is like no other and you can usually find me in my studio with one of their albums on listening to some obscure electro synth stuff! So when it came to writing something new, alongside my Gillie Can series, I was inspired by my favourite band. As it happens, it turns out sometimes it’s good to meet your heroes. The band have been so supportive and so helpful, not to mention friendly! They’ve even put the book on their website so you can order a copy, which has been amazing.

The Book

I wanted to choose a name that stood out, and that had German origins. OMD are heavily influenced by Kraftwerk, and they love German electronic music, so I wanted a name that had a nod to their German influences. As it happens, Gudrun is actually a name from Norse legend, but a very good friend of mine is called Gudrun, and is German. I thought that was good enough for a main character name, so Gudrun it was! I knew it was going to be a children’s book so had to make the main character young, but someone had to be into OMD. Her parents were the obvious choice! And so the book began to form.

orchestral manoeuvres in the dark

Gudrun’s parents think they can win her over at an OMD concert, but can OMD win over little Gudrun?

Gudrun Magee is six years old and her parents love a band she can’t stand! Her parents are huge Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark fans, and Gudrun just can’t understand it. One day, they take her to an OMD concert. Her Mum is out to catch the eye of her crush, Paul, and her Dad is brushing off his dance moves. Will Gudrun don the geeky tie?

The Signing

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 2 PM – 4 PM

Venue: The Railway, Meols, The Wirral (Part of the Wirral Festival of Firsts and Friends of 632,3003 event)

I’ll be signing copies of my OMD book at the Wirral Festival of Firsts (small plug: we’re also playing there!) and I’d love to see you there! I’m so excited because I’ll be meeting other OMD fans and talking about my book.

I will be selling my books, of course, but there will also be a few extra goodies available on the day! There will be some limited signed/numbered prints, pin badges and other little treasures available for purchase. What more could you want?

**PLEASE NOTE** Cash sales only (I won’t have a card machine with me!)

A few of my previous clients

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  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams