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November 04 , 2007

The Runaway Granny


Natasha’s Granny wants to go out and about, play darts and have lots and lots of fun. Natasha’s mother thinks Granny should sit by the fire, be quiet and knit lots and lots of socks. One day, Granny has such fun playing darts she forgets to come home for dinner. When dinner is ruined Natasha’s mother and Granny have a full screaming row. They both say the sort of things that should never be said and after they both go stark staring mad, Granny leaves the house with stream pouring out of her ears.
Later, Natasha and her mother call around to Granny's little house only to find she has left - taking all her belongings with her. Nobody knows where Granny has gone and poor Natasha is left with a broken heart.

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After a while some strange purple letters being to arrive - from Granny and although Natasha is very glad to read that Granny is having the fun and adventure she always dreamed about she still desperately wants her mum and her granny to get together and sort out their differences like grownups should. The problem is they are both too stubborn, as well as too alike. The letters begin to arrive regularly now but Natasha still misses her granny terribly. Even though she loves getting the letters she still worries - if her Granny is having so much fun will she ever see her again?

The Runaway Granny was first broadcast as family story on RTE Radio One in Ireland and has now been transformed into a lively children’s story about family conflict and stubborn grownups.

I live near the ocean in Galway Bay, Ireland, along with my husband, two friendly dogs, ten happy hens and two cranky ducks. I write for both adults and children and really enjoy what I do.
From personal experience I have learned that stories can be a fantastic way to examine family conflict as well as being a wonderful way for parents and children to share an understanding of issues that cause sadness. Stories can provide a safe way to discuss a subject that is comfortable for both child and parent.
I hope you enjoy these stories and if you would like to learn more about these stories and issues you can visit my website on
If you have a question, or query don't hesitate to ask - it might take me a little while but I love to hear from readers and I always answer.
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