Leeds law firm colleagues have got the write stuff

Steve Conway and Stacey Brook.
Steve Conway and Stacey Brook.
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By day, they are legal eagles at a high-powered Leeds law firm.

Away from the office, however, Stacey Brook and Steve Conway have embarked on an unusual new chapter in their working lives.

They have teamed up to produce a series of children’s books, with Stacey handling the words and Steve providing the illustrations.

Their first collaboration, the intriguingly-named Where The Bogey Tree Grows, was published last year and won acclaim from youngsters, parents and teachers alike.

Now they hope to have their second book, Bridget Scales – Don’t Bite Your Nails!, out in time for Christmas.

And work is already under way on a third title, which features a hero named Crispin Creech.

Stacey, a real estate solicitor at DLA Piper, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I have always enjoyed writing, I’ve been coming up with stories ever since I was in junior school but this is the first time I’ve done anything with them properly.

“If I had to describe these stories then I’d say they are quirky, rhyming tales that have their roots in my efforts to keep my sons [nine-year-old Gabriel and seven-year-old Eliot] out of bad habits!”

Stacey’s creative partner Steve works in records management at DLA Piper’s Leeds office, which is at Princes Exchange near Leeds City Station.

“I just hand my words over to him and he interprets them wonderfully well,” said Stacey.

“It’s great that Steve’s art is getting recognition – he can do pretty much anything, from watercolours to portraits and cartoons.

“The books seem to have been really well received, plenty of our colleagues bought them for their families.”

Where The Bogey Tree Grows is available for purchase on Amazon and can also be ordered from Waterstone’s.

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