Pendragan

Biography

'Pendragan' is the pen-name for children's fiction-writing duo Penny Williams and Dragan Matijevic. They also write independantly as Penny Williams and Dragan Matijevic (adult fiction, self-help and cookery books).

They launched Pendragan Publishing as an independent, international publishing platform for storytellers around the world. If you would like news about forthcoming publications, or books in the works, or if you have questions about any of the characters, please let us know.

Dragan Matijevic

Dragan started writing during the war that broke up Yugoslavia in the early '90s. Living in England with his one-year old son at the time, Dragan wondered how he could help his people in Croatia. The solution turned out to be magic! Dragan founded a theatre charity called Rise Phoenix, wrote his first puppet play for children, created his own puppets, and together with a bunch of troubadours, jesters and jugglers, drove a truck down to the war zone. In 1993, "Peppe the Magician" began to appear in refugee camps throughout Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. Small puppets and theatre plays gave way to giant puppets and theatre spectacles. Children who had lost everything rediscovered the ability to laugh. Adults slowly joined in. One Croatian soldier shouted from the audience, "Croatia needs puppets, not guns!" Quentin Blake agreed and gave permission for Rise Phoenix to take his Big Friendly Giant to the war zone. Dragan went on to write and perform in many other children's plays, quite a few of which are now stories and novels. When not writing, Dragan teaches at The Artisan Bakery School, and continues to perform as the magician Sol Ray.

Penny Williams

As a child, Penny would row ashore to school from the sailing boat she grew up on with her family. This gave her a quirky view on life, encouraged by the stories she heard from blue-water sailors arriving in Falmouth Harbour. Penny grew up with a hunger for distant horizons and foreign shores. Her explorations took her to Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and even Antarctica. But her biggest adventure, which was falling in love with a Croatian magician (Dragan), happened right on her own front door step in England! So far, their story includes building their own woodfired oven for The Artisan Bakery School, moving to a crazy old cottage in Devon, taking an Invisible Man to Singapore, working with children in Sri Lanka and India and kayaking round the islands of Dalmatia. Penny also runs a professional copywriting, editing and translation business. She and Dragan write together to celebrate the magic that happens in real life.

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Books

Rebel Rabbit - The Great Escape
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,400. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The Great Escape, Part II of the Rebel Rabbit Trilogy is a wild ride of epic, heroic and hilarious proportions. Sunny the Rebel Rabbit, a magician by trade and a king by accident, is back to defend the freedom of his kingdom and his friends, this time against the wicked plans of the huge, evil organisation called the NET. Will they succeed or will everyone become a slave of the NET?
Rebel Rabbit - A Legend is Born
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,320. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
In this Part I of the Rebel Rabbit trilogy Sunny the Rabbit is a lone stranger on a secret mission, a new face in the forest, a threat to the powers that be. He’s got a magic and often deadly touch. As Sunny faces bigger challenges and beasts, he needs all the help he can get. Can the rabbit outwit all the beasts and the wicked Lord Trixalot the Fox and save forest of Satyria from his deadly grip?
The Mole Who Wanted to Fly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The endearingly illustrated and humorous tale of a mole who refuses to give up on her dream! Sky wants to fly. She just doesn’t believe that moles are only meant to dig. Her journey starts as she tries to make friends with the birds. Feathery birds and fantasy birds all fail her. Then one night, Sky dreams up a bird with a difference… the question is, can her dream take flight?
The Cricket's Winter Song
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
In this beautifully illustrated fresh slant on the classic fable of the cricket and the ant, there are twists and turns aplenty on our journey right into the mysterious City of the Ants. Charlie the chirpy cricket and Arthur the hard-working ant are like chalk and cheese; the question is, will their differences unite them, or destroy them? Only the winter will tell!
The King's Bump
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,350. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
This is a fresh and comic tale about a crazy king Hilarious, a spoilt princess, a village idiot, half a dozen dwarfs and a handful of handsome lumberjacks. When the king promises his daughter’s hand to whoever wins the Laughing Tournament, things take an even crazier turn. Who will make the king laugh? Will Princess Bonbon actually marry them? And will the happy kingdom ever be happy again?
A Spark in the Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
A little caterpillar falls into a deep, dark cave. Hungry and tired, Jiggly seeks the light and finds the weirdest and most wonderful cave-dwellers. Some of them greet him, some want to eat him, and down here, nothing is what it seems! Will he find his way out of the cave alive? An action-packed quest for survival, set in the realms of the magical, with hilarious twists around every corner!
Little Red - The Real Story of Red Riding Hood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Forget about that goody two-shoes in the cape! This comic beautifully illustrated version of Red Riding Hood shows the girl in the way you’ve never seen her. In fact, everything in this story is upside down and inside out. Grandma and the Wolf are old friends, the Wolf is terrified of children and Little Red has a very un-angelic streak leading to a very bubbly ending.
How the Wolf Lost His Appetite
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Gobble likes to think he is a very civilised wolf. He plays golf and he adores a Sunday roast with his family. He even enjoys reading books, so long as they are about lambs. But one day Gobble gets too hungry for his own good, and makes the most terrible mistake! A comic and cautionary tale with pictures everyone will enjoy.

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