The North Pole Lockdown
Former OSFC student Danielle Corrigan has written a book aimed at young children, The North Pole Lockdown. The book, which has received amazing reviews so far, is a Christmas rhyming story all about the tricky times we’ve all experienced during Coronavirus restrictions. The story perfectly captures the situation and some of those important memories in a light hearted, fun way that is sure to reassure children Christmas won’t be cancelled! We’re certain it’s set to become a hit and is a lovely keepsake families can look back on for future Christmases.
Danielle wrote the book with her own children in mind while at home during lockdown. A tradition in her home of writing stories each Christmas took on a whole new meaning this year and is now being shared with children and families up and down the country having published her book and making it available to buy on Amazon.
Danielle studied the GNVQ Advanced Leisure and Tourism course at OSFC and achieved a Distinction. Having previously attended Saddleworth School and describing herself as a “true Saddleworth girl”, Danielle knew that OSFC was the right next step for her to explore her interest in travel and people. She describes her time at OSFC with enthusiasm, explaining how “Learning and researching topics to produce detailed assignments was a great way to develop my understanding and I could be as creative as I wanted to be in producing the final piece of work”. As well as meeting lots of new people and benefiting from the excellent transport links to and from the college, Danielle describes her tutors as being “always so engaging, supportive and encouraging me to do my best. I believe Mandy (Amanda Lucas) is still at OSFC!”.
As a naturally creative person too, Danielle shares how she thinks everyone “has a creative side…sometimes you just don’t know it. I’m a firm believer in growth mindset….and so with a little practice, patience and determination you’d be surprised at what you can achieve”. As well as producing work for her course, she honed her passion and creativity helping produce posters, information booklets, videos and student events. “One of the most exciting assignments I had to deliver was a fundraising night. Along with a few others, we planned a band night, sourcing the bands, securing a venue, managing finances, successfully promoting the event through to making sure everything went to plan on the night!”.
Danielle admits she “never set out to be a writer”. After a successful career in travel recruitment and gaining qualifications in Recruitment Legislations and a Diploma in Adult Learning, she went onto set up her own business earlier this year, flexing her creative skills once more. The world of writing and publishing can often be a difficult one to jump into, with encouragement from her family Danielle explored self publishing and after a bit of research and a good lead, found Eloise Attenborough at Bubble Book Press and started the publishing journey. Danielle reflects on her experience so far, going on to say “I never imagined I’d be here now and the whole experience has drawn on some of the skills I developed at OSFC …. time management, effective planning, PR, finance etc”.
We’re thrilled to be able to support The North Pole Lockdown and wish Danielle every success for the future. Hopefully current and future OSFC students will be encouraged by her message that “anyone who has a personal aspiration should keep going, keep trying and all their hard work will soon pay off”.
You can purchase the book here > amzn.to/33PMDtR