Living with autism can bring up many challenges; now a Middle Rasen man has written a book to help create a better understanding of the condition.
Having already produced books of poetry, The House that Talked is the first novel for Colin Pitman.
Have you ever wondered what the mirror is thinking as you comb your hair, or what stories the sofa would reveal if it could?
The House that Talked follows the adventures of a young lad with autism, Scott, who has the ability to hear what his house and the furniture have to say to him.
Colin has experienced autism and the effects it has on the individual and their family at first hand - both through his career as a social worker and in his personal life.
His partner has a grandson, Scott, with autism, the inspiration for the book’s central character and the illustrator for the House that Talked.
Now Colin is working on ‘The Cupboard Under the Stairs ‘ the second book in the planned series of six.
“People are wary of speaking about autism and I hope these books will help open up dialogue and create a better understanding,” said Colin.
Last week, children from De Aston School and Market Rasen Primary School visited Market Rasen library to hear Colin read excerpts from the book.
It was also the opportunity to talk about autism and to take part in some role play.
Colin also set them all a challenge - to draw a part of their house, with the best drawings being included in a future book.
To mark Autism Awareness Day, Colin will be back at Market Rasen Library on April 2 for ‘An Audience with Colin Pitman’ at 6pm.
Tickets for the event cost £1 for adults and 60p for children,; drop in to the library or call them on 01522 782010.