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Hazel Prior

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Hazel Prior is the author of ELLIE AND THE HARP MAKER and AWAY WITH THE PENGUINS (UK title)/HOW THE PENGUINS SAVED VERONICA (US title). She is also a freelance harpist. She lives in Exmoor, in England, with her husband and a huge, ginger cat.

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Hazel Prior Hi Desiree. So glad you loved it! I combined a few different inspirations to write this book. First: penguins! I have a friend who is obsessed with th…moreHi Desiree. So glad you loved it! I combined a few different inspirations to write this book. First: penguins! I have a friend who is obsessed with them and she put this idea into my head. I realised penguins are charming and funny but also have a lot to teach us about resilience and determination. Second: environmental issues. I just love the natural world and I'm concerned about the state of the planet. Third: older people. I've met so many women in their eighties and nineties who are still embracing adventures. I admire their unstoppable spirit and I wanted to give a message of hope for us all in later life. (less)
Hazel Prior Hi Marty! Thank you for your question. Now that I've studied Antarctica I would dearly love to experience the place myself, although I'd probably go i…moreHi Marty! Thank you for your question. Now that I've studied Antarctica I would dearly love to experience the place myself, although I'd probably go in the summer and just to the islands, like Veronica did. Unfortunately, travelling long-distance is bad for the planet, so I would need a good reason (as well as lots of money!) to do it. But I do support WWF who do much to preserve the environment, and have 'adopted a penguin' through them. I firmly believe that every little helps. Warmest wishes to you and yours, Hazel.(less)
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Hesitation, Repetition and Deviation

British people reading this will immediately know that my blog title refers to Radio 4’s programme, 'Just A Minute'. Here's a fact: I’d be absolutely useless if ever I was on the show. To talk, even for 60 seconds, without hesitation, repetition or deviation? I’d lose points straight away by starting with an Ummm… errrr…

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“People say that certain sounds can melt a heart of stone. If there is anyone who has that sort of a heart―which I doubt (as far as I am aware hearts are made of fibrous materials, fluid sacs and pumping mechanisms)―if anyone does have a heart composed of granite or flint and therefore not at all prone to melting but just conceivably meltable when exposed to very beautiful sounds, then the sounds made by my cherrywood harp, I am confident, would do it. However, I had a feeling the heart of Ellie the Exmoor Housewife was completely lacking in stony components. I had a feeling it was made of much softer stuff.”
Hazel Prior, Ellie and the Harpmaker

“They’re not just full of wrinkles, they’re full of . . . stories. And so often we don’t bother to appreciate them till they’re gone.”
Hazel Prior, How the Penguins Saved Veronica

“There are three types of people in this world, Very. (He called me Very.) There are those who make the world worse, those who make no difference and those who make the world better. Be one who makes the world better, if you can.”
Hazel Prior, How the Penguins Saved Veronica

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