The Mixed Museum x Bloomsbury
Supporters of the museum have been helping spread the word about Fablehouse, a new children’s adventure story inspired by the real-life stories of mixed race children born after World War Two.
We’re thrilled to be working with The Mixed Museum and their incredible digital forum to share the story of Fablehouse by E.L. Norry
Grace Ball, Bloomsbury Children’s Publicity
E.L. Norry's magical middle-grade novel Fablehouse
The museum is partnering with Bloomsbury Children's Books to spread the word about Fablehouse, a fantasy adventure book for children 8+, inspired by the real-life history of the mixed race children who grew up at the Holnicote House children’s home in Somerset.
Written by E.L. Norry, who is also mixed race and grew up in the care system, the novel draws on the experiences of Britain's 'Brown Babies’ – those born as a result of relationships between Black American GIs and white British women after World War Two became known.
The history behind Fablehouse
The stories of some of the adults who were children at Holnicote House feature in our exhibition, Brown Babies, which is inspired by the research of Professor Lucy Bland. One of these, Ann Evans, also features in a video on our YouTube channel.
Chamion Caballero, Director of The Mixed Museum, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to support E.L. Norry, who told us her own moving story when we met a few months ago at the Bloomsbury Children's Showcase 2023. Bloomsbury Children's Publishing have generously given early copies to some of our supporters, who will be sharing their reviews in the coming weeks.”
Grace Ball, Bloomsbury Children's Publicity, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with The Mixed Museum and their incredible digital forum to share the story of Fablehouse by E.L. Norry. Whilst being a work of fiction, this book lends itself to the important history and stories of Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’ and The Mixed Museum is the perfect platform to help share this.”
Fablehouse is published on 8 June 2023 by Bloomsbury Children's Publishing, and you can pre-order now on the Bloomsbury site.
We will be running a Fablehouse book giveaway over the summer, as well as sharing an interview with E.L. Norry as part of our In Conversation With series. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter for updates.
Visit The Mixed Museum’s Brown Babies exhibition to learn more about the true stories behind the book.