This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.
Information about the Book
Title: The Dream of the Tortoise
Author: Nyako Nakar
Release Date: 30th April 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 36
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45360211-the-dream-of-the-tortoise
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Tortoise-Nyako-Nakar-ebook/dp/B07QP2GB4C
More than a year ago, I attended a flute and violin concert at St Michael and All Angels church in Chiswick. Suddenly, enthralled by the music, I began to see images in my head.
They were images of an old tortoise in a forest. They continued to happen, one after another, as if someone was streaming a video in my brain. We went to have a glass of wine in the interval and on my return the turtle continued with his adventures until the end of the concert.
Later I wrote and drew the story as I had seen it.
For me this story is about the pursuit of what might seem like an impossible dream and how strength and the help of others can help to achieve it.
When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class.
I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories.
Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company.
In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes.
I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity.
Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future.
Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.