William Forde was born in Ireland and currently lives in Haworth, West Yorkshire with his wife Sheila. He is the father of five children and the author of over 60 published books and two musical plays. Approximately 20 of his books are suitable for the 7-11 year old readers while the remainder are suitable for young persons and adults. Since 2010, all of his new stories have been written for adults under his 'Tales from Portlaw' series of short stories. His website is www.fordefables.co.uk on which all his miscellaneous writings may be freely read. There are also a number of children's audio stories which can be freely heard.
He is unique in the field of contemporary children's authors through the challenging emotional issues and story themes he addresses, preferring to focus upon those emotions that children and adults find most difficult to appropriately express.
One of West Yorkshire's most popular children's authors, Between 1990 and 2002 his books were publicly read in over 2,000 Yorkshire school assemblies by over 800 famous names and celebrities from the realms of Royalty, Film, Stage, Screen, Politics, Church, Sport, etc. The late Princess Diana used to read his earlier books to her then young children, William and Harry and Nelson Mandela once telephoned him to praise an African story book he had written. Others who have supported his works have included three Princesses, three Prime Ministers, two Presidents and numerous Bishops of the realm. A former Chief Inspector of Schools for OFSTED described his writing to the press as 'High quality literature.' He has also written books which are suitable for adults along with a number of crossover books that are suitable for teenagers and adults.
Forever at the forefront of change, at the age of 18 years, William became the youngest Youth Leader and Trade Union Shop Steward in Great Britain. In 1971, He founded Anger Management in Great Britain and freely gave his courses to the world. Within the next two years, Anger Management courses had mushroomed across the English-speaking world. During the mid-70's, he introduced Relaxation Training into H.M. Prisons and between 1970 and 1995, he worked in West Yorkshire as a Probation Officer specialising in Relaxation Training, Anger Management, Stress Management and Assertive Training Group Work.
He retired early on the grounds of ill health in 1995 to further his writing career, which witnessed him working with the Minister of Youth and Culture in Jamaica to establish a trans-Atlantic pen-pal project between 32 primary schools in Falmouth, Jamaica and 32 primary schools in Yorkshire.
William was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List of 1995 for his services to West Yorkshire. He has never sought to materially profit from the publication of his books and writings and has allowed all profit from their sales (approx £200,000) to be given to charity. Since 2013, he was diagnosed with CLL; a terminal condition for which he is currently receiving treatment.
In 2014, William had his very first 'strictly for adult' reader's novel puiblished called‘Rebecca’s Revenge'. This book was first written over twenty years ago and spans the period between the 1950s and the New Millennium. He initially refrained from having it published because of his ‘children’s author credentials and charity work’. He felt that it would have conflicted too adversely with the image which had taken a decade or more to establish with his audience and young person readership. Now, however as he approaches the final years of his life and cares less about his public image, besides no longer writing for children (only short stories for adults since 2010), he feels the time to be appropriate to publish this ‘strictly for adults only’ novel alongside the remainder of his work.
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A 1990s book is designed to inform the reader of details of ’The Second World War.’ Butterworth’s Brigade is a story within a story about the education of children who rebel in the classroom and in particular, how a mad-cap Brigadier positively affects their life and attitudes when he engineers their compulsory education in which the action of ’The ‘Second World War’ is played out daily.
Tales From The Allotments
‘Tales from the Allotments’ is suitable reading for any teenager and adult. Although set in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it is a timeless story that is just as relevant today as it was 150 years ago. It tells of the transition of 18 redundant coal miners to 18 allotment workers after their sole employer in the village, the pit is closed down and their families become poverty stricken.
Tales of Bernard
Tales of Bernard tells of the exploits of a stray pack of pedigree hounds. It deals with issues relating to homelessness, bullying and loss and is ideal for child discussion. The book is suitable for any reader aged nine to ninety and particularly all dog lovers.
‘Greed’ contains two stories: one set in the days of ‘The Californian Gold Rush’ and the other in Wigan during the 1950’s. Both stories illustrate the triumph of the good person over that of the greedy one who seeks to get what want through thieving, cheating, lying and bullying. The stories have a thief, cheat, liar and bully and an honest person as characters whose lives impact on each other.
Two Crude Dames and Horace Catchpole
Horace Catchpole is a man whose life is totally controlled by two monstrous women: his mother and his wife. Horace is a wimp of a man who has had his bark beaten into submission by his cruel and greedy mother. As he approaches 30, she decides to sell her son into marriage with another cruel and greedy woman. All three start living together and life worsens for Horace until the worm turns.
Four Crude Dudes and The Land of Hope
'Four Crude Dudes and the Land of Hope’ tell the story of how the lives of a thief, a bully, a cheat and a liar converge and negatively impact upon each other during the days of the ‘Californian Gold Rush’ in the lawless wild west of America; leaving the hero of the story, Farmer Hope, with all the wealth. It is a story that espouses the triumph of ‘Good’ over ‘Bad’ and ‘God’ over ‘Greed.’
The Bes Omnibus
‘The Bes Omnibus‘ is a four-story book suitable for a child who is starting school at the age of 5 years. It can be read by them progressively as their reading ability develops until the age of 13 years as they move up through ‘Middle’ to ‘High School.’ The four stories are about an angry bear, an enquiring elephant, a rebellious sheep and a New Millennium spirit. They all have a unified theme.
‘Bes’ is a story suitable for the 9-13 year old reader. It is the first day of a New Millennium and the ‘maker of all time’ who is disappointed with the humans of the earth, sends a three dimensional spirit called ‘Bes’ to the earth that is part bear, part elephant and part sheep. If Bes can persuade the animals to live in ‘peace and love’ the animal world will be given supremacy over humans.
Solo and Solomon
Solo and Solomon’ is a story about a rebellious sheep who wants to go her own way and to flout the rules of the flock. Solo comes into conflict with the flock leader, Solomon. It is an ideal story to use as a discussion starter with pupils in the classroom. The message reminds the reader that in every ‘Solomon’ can be found a ‘Solo’ as in every ‘leader’ can be found a ‘rebel’ and vice versa.
Elephants Cry Too
‘Elephants Cry Too,’ is written for the 7-9 year old reader. It is told through the eyes of a small, Indian boy who is destined to stay small and is constantly bullied by other children. His only friends are the animals of the forest. One day, the boy meets a holy man in the forest who tells him a story about the first herd of elephants. The old man’s story changes the boy’s life forever.
The Forde Fables Omnibus One
These four stories were written to help ease the traumatic experience of separation and loss caused by the absence or death of a parent, along with being the victim of bullying, or a sufferer of cerebral palsy or any other debilitating condition. They tell about the indomitable spirit that exists in all of us and which helps us get through life. The stories are suitable for the 7-11 year old.
The Kilkenny Cat Trilogy
The story is told through the eyes of travelling cats and shows that every country exercises discrimination against some of its citizens. The nature of discrimination may subtly change and vary from one country and situation to another in both shape and form, but it will always be present. Discrimination shows its ugly face most in issues of race, sexism, religion, culture, disability and colour.
Afro-Indian Dreams Trilogy
This book is a compilation of the 3 stories that Nelson Mandela phoned me personally to say were ‘Wonderful’ at their publication in the year 2000. They tell the story of an African, Indian and Jamacian from the individual perspective of three children; one from South Africa, one from the Punjab in India and one from Falmouth in Jamaica, and provide an accurate historical background setting.
Sleezy the Fox and Douglas the Dragon Omnibus
'Sleezy the Fox’ is 4 stories about ‘second chances’ and a thieving fox that gets caught and is reformed. ‘Douglas the Dragon’ is 4 stories about the uncontrollable anger of a dragon and how it is saved by the power of love. These 8 stories used to be read to her 9 and 7 year-old sons by the late Princess Diana. Now all eight stories are brought together in one joint omnibus publication.
The Bear with a Sore Head
‘The Bear with a Sore Head’, is a story to be ‘read to’ and ‘read with’ the 5-7 year old child. Its overall aim is to remind the young reader that ‘how’ one gets out of bed each morning will depend ‘how good or bad a day’ one experiences. It is also hoped that the child will see the benefits that can be derived from being ‘positive’ in attitude at the start of the day.
Sleezy the Fox Play
A play about ‘second chances’ based upon the four 'Sleezy the Fox’ stories that the late Princess Diana used to read to her children, William and Harry when they were aged 9 and 7 years respectively. Written by the founder of ‘Anger Management’ courses in Great Britain in the 70s, the stories were originally written for the purposes of radio transmission and are highly popular with schools.
Two Worlds One Heart
This is an Afro-Caribbean publication containing two stories that Nelson Mandela said was ‘wonderful’. The African story concerns an Africa from the past to the present day and Nelson Mandela’s influence on it. The Indian story is of a girl’s dream of the man she will one day marry. Both stories extol the virtues that the peoples of both proud countries have given to the world.
Indian Dreams Come True
Described by Nelson Mandela as ‘a wonderful story’ this tells of a girl’s dream of the man she will one day marry. It is set in the Punjab and is suitable for any reader over 8 to adult. Read about Kulwant’s trials and tribulations as she travels along the path to choose the husband of her dreams. Compare the gifts of love that each suitor presents her in a bid to be the ‘chosen one’.
One Love, One Heart
This is an Afro-Caribbean publication containing two stories that Nelson Mandela said was ‘wonderful’. The African story concerns an Africa from the past to the present day and Nelson Mandela’s influence on it. The Jamaican story tells the story about the oldest slave capital of Falmouth, Jamaica. Both stories extol the virtues that the peoples of both proud countries have given to the world.
The Valley of the Two Tall Oaks
Many have written about Nelson Mandela, but I wanted to write about his dream; a dream which sustained him through three decades of imprisonment; a dream held by other tribal chiefs in the Africa of old and passed on to the next generation, like a baton until it eventually ended up in the hands of Nelson Mandela, who then gave it to the world. Nelson Mandela described this story as ‘Wonderful’.
Bucket Bill is a story of a Jamaican dream that Nelson Mandela described as 'wonderful'. It's about a safe harbour where the sun shines in equal measure and hope springs eternal in the hearts of all good people and where the river of respect runs deep. Set in Falmouth, the old slave capital of Jamaica, it concerns the quest of a boy who is preoccupied with the question: ’When will I become a man?’
Everyone and Everything
This book contains ten short stories written by William Forde, the founder of Anger Management and a leading Relaxation Trainer in Great Britain for over 50 years. It has been written for the 5-9 year-old reader and provides an ideal 10-minute reading slot fill for children during morning assemblies at school and before going to sleep at night. The stories deal with child problem issues of today.
Maw was born of midget-size proportions. He loves football and wants to live normally. He soon falls foul of the school bully and confronts him. On his 14th year of life, Maw wishes upon a shooting star and life is never the same again. He awakes possessing super human powers of speed and strength, but quickly learns that with power comes responsibility to exercise that power humanely.
The story is about a Prince whose greedy parents plan that one day their son will become the wealthiest and most powerful monarch in the world. When the King and Queen die, so do their dream. The Prince becomes aware of the consequences produced by his parent’s behaviour and seeks to make amends to all those whose blood and sweat was the heavy price paid.
‘Lost Lucy’ is a story for the 4 to 7 year old that tells about a careless girl who is very forgetful. She forgets to do things which are dangerous. She forgets to do things which are unhygienic. She forgets to do things which are inconsiderate. She forgets to do things which are rude and impolite. One day she gets lost and forgets her name and address. Stranger danger issue also dealt with.
Douglas the Dragon Play
‘Douglas the Dragon’ symbolises The Power of Love that lives in each of us, representing the constant struggle between the forces of good and evil in the behaviour we display.
The story is set in a time and place where war is waged between the human emotions of Fear, Anger and Love. The prize at stake is the greatest prize of all: control over the heart, mind and actions of every human being.
Action Annie: The Complete Omnibus
This is a collection of all 12 'Action Annie' stories. Annie is an imaginative and very active seven-year-old whose mind and body is always on the go. She never seems to stop. Even as she sleeps, she is dreaming about the things she plans to do tomorrow. Annie is always thinking up new ideas and inventing things. There's a little bit of Annie in every child. Are you like Annie in any of her ways?
Action Annie: Story Twelve - Annie's Bonfire
Bonfire Night is 400 years old. Along with other seasonal occasions, the special celebration of Bonfire Night in Great Britain is a highlight in the pleasure of a child who is old enough to appreciate it while being young enough to marvel at it. Follow Annie as she makes her own Bonfire and Guy Fawkes, but then becomes attached to Guy and doesn’t want to see him burn on top of the fire.
Action Annie: Story Eleven: Annie's Kite
When I was young, it was common practice for young boys and girls to make kites and then fly them in the park and playing fields. The history of kite flying goes back thousands of years, yet the dreams of all kite fliers remain the same today as they did 3,000 years ago; to loop the loop! Annie makes her first kite and tries to ‘loop the loop,’ but she experiences some set-backs along the way.
Action Annie: Story Ten - Annie and the Magician
The world of every growing child is filled with the ‘magic’ of their wonderful innocence and the extent of their vivid imagination. Follow Annie as she watches the Magician perform on stage and is enthralled by his ability to fascinate his audience. Annie becomes determined to also be a magician and tries to copy the on-stage magic of ‘The Magnificent Marvo,’with startling results. It’s magic!
Action Annie: Story Nine - Annie and the Bullfrog
Annie is playing her violin one summer’s day in her garden when a bullfrog hops over her wall in search of water. The bullfrog makes a big mess in her house and garden. Annie becomes determined to catch this slippery creature that has the ability to jump over her head and make her look a fool as she chases it around and around. Find out if Annie is able to catch the bullfrog. Could you?
Action Annie: Story Eight - Annie's Seaside Surprise
When I was a child though, almost everyone who went on a yearly holiday went to the seaside for a week. Rich or poor, the children occupied their time paddling in the sea, building sandcastles with their buckets and spades, riding donkeys, flying kites and eating ice-cream cornets. This was Annie’s holiday experience. Has it been yours yet?
Action Annie: Story Seven - Annie's Music Box
A music box is there to play wonderful music. However beautiful the notes though, there is no sound as beautiful as the sound of a child’s happiness; no sun is as warm as a child’s smiley face, no song is as sweet as a child’s nursery rhyme, no touch is as satisfying as a child’s embrace, no entreaty is as coaxing as a child’s prayer and no celebration is as instant as a child’s innocent surprise.
Douglas the Dragon: Omnibus Edition
‘Douglas the Dragon’ symbolises ‘the power of love.’ A young orphaned dragon is found and adopted by a young boy and becomes a much-loved dragon in the village. Follow Douglas' adventures in this Omnibus Edition of the 4 stories.
Douglas the Dragon: Book Four: Douglas and Desmorelda
‘Douglas the Dragon’ negotiates the life stages of being orphaned, adopted, accepted, loved, rejected, feared, outcast, reformed and then made redundant. In this final story, he leaves his beloved village and past to seek a new way of life, and finds an angry female dragon whom he eventually changes with his love. He returns to his beloved village, marries her and starts a family of baby dragons.
Douglas the Dragon: Book Three - Douglas Gets the Sneezes
Old age and death are stages in a person’s life that all children find difficult concepts to understand, but this is eased considerably when ‘death’ is associated with the concept of ‘rebirth.’ At a time of separation, bereavement or loss, children become more isolated, non-communicative and vulnerable. Allow Douglas to help them ‘live again’ through his own experiences of illness and near death.
Sleezy the Fox: Omnibus Edition
‘Sleezy the Fox’ is a book of four stories about the overarching theme of ‘second chances’. On the surface it deals with the immigration of a married couple and their seven children into a strange country, the bullying of neighbours, the ostracizing of offenders from the community as a whole and the alienation that often exists between man and wild beast and beast and wild man!
Sleezy the Fox: Story Four - Gilbert is Reformed
Gilbert Grim, the village bully and sheep rustler, is released from prison and faces life as an ex-con. He is evicted by his old neighbours and decides to steal to survive. Farmer Hans tracks him down and 'reforms' Gilbert.
Sleezy the Fox: Story Three - Snoozy Catches Forty Winks
Sleezy's apprentice is a good sheep fox in all respects except being able to remain 'awake on the job'. The apprentice's catnaps lead to the flock of sheep being stolen and Farmer Hans threatened with ruin. Follow Sleezy and Snoozy as they locate the whereabouts of Farmer Hans' stolen sheep and bring them back home.
Action Annie: Story Six - Annie's Birthday Surprise
A child’s birthday is one of the most enjoyable events to look forward to for both parents and child. The child’s initial excitement and their anticipated present opening is just as anxious a moment for the parent and for the child. Find out how Annie felt and what she did when she received the most unusual birthday present ever! What would you have done if you received a ......for your birthday?
Action Annie: Story Five - Annie's Rainbow
Thousands of children have gone through their childhood, wondering where the rainbow ends. No one has ever found the rainbow’s end or the crock of gold that lies there. I believe that Annie found her very own crock of gold. in her parents' love, inquisitive nature, vivid imagination, perseverance. She is a child of love and action. Are you? Help Annie follow her rainbow and find her crock of gold.
Action Annie: Story Four - Annie's Easter Bunny
Christians rejoice the onset of Easter, the birth of new lambs and seasonal celebrations, including the search for the Easter Bunny and chocolate Easter eggs. Join Annie in her search for her Easter Bunny and help her to solve the Easter riddles that her granddad sets her.
Douglas the Dragon: Book 2 - Douglas the Dragon Gets Angry Again
‘Douglas the Dragon’ was once an angry dragon, but became a much-loved dragon and guardian of the village. When the villagers are threatened by an erupting volcano, it is left to Douglas to save them as he allows his ‘righteous anger’ to defeat the ‘destructive anger’ of the volcano. The young reader learns that the expression of anger is part of a healthy process which is to be encouraged.
Douglas the Dragon: Book 1 - Douglas the Unloved Dragon
Douglas the Dragon symbolises ‘the power of love.’ A young orphaned dragon is found and adopted by a young boy and becomes a much-loved dragon in the village. When the boy is killed by a volcano, the dragon is eventually evicted from the community. The dragon spends 50 years in exile sitting upon his volcano of hate, getting angrier and angrier until his anger explodes and he seeks revenge
Action Annie: Story Three - Annie's Pancake
Annie learns how to make a pancake, but when she decides to ‘toss the pancake’ and do a tipple tails in the air, something very strange happens; Annie loses it! Read about Annie’s attempts to find her pancake.
Action Annie: Story Two - Annie's Snowman
Follow Annie in the snowy month of January when she becomes determined to make her very own snowman, but the sun seems determined to spoil her fun. Annie first gets angry and then, as resourceful as ever, puts her brain into operation. Read about the imaginative answer she comes up with.
Action Annie: Story One - Annie's Christmas Surprise
The story addresses that perennial question that has perplexed the minds of millions of children ever since ‘Father Christmas’ came into their lives. “If there's a Father Christmas, and he visits the home of every boy and girl across the world to give them a present; then why does he always give the most expensive presents to the richest children and the cheapest presents to the poorest?”
Sleezy the Fox: Story One - Sleezy Gets a Second Chance
Each of us shall experience or perpetrate some wrong in our lives. At the critical stage of reconciliation and healing, it is vitally important that we are able to give others and ourselves the benefit of a ‘second chance’. And if you are like I used to be growing up, you may need to receive a ‘second chance’ many times before you eventually get it right.
The Kilkenny Cat Book 3: "Freedom"
The Kilkenny Cat Trilogy is an allegorical story of all manner of discrimination practised throughout the world; particularly in Ireland, Jamaica and England. Told through the eyes and experiences of travelling gypsy cats, it is a 'must' for all cat lovers and students of the 'Northern Riots', Ireland, Jamaica, 'Black v White' and 'Good v Evil. 'It is suitable for reading by teenagers and adults.