Hollywood actor Idris Elba has got a book deal to write a series for children, inspired by his daughter Isan Elba.
The books will be both picture and fiction books which he is making in collaboration with Robyn Charteris, his writing partner.
Charteris’ is known for her BAFTA-winning children’s drama series for CBBC and for creating and writing one of the first original 52-episode pre-school series for the launch of digital channel CBeebies. She has a master’s degree in Playwriting.
The books will be published by HarperCollins. Ann-Janine Murtagh, the executive publisher, said, “Idris Elba is one of the most iconic and multi-talented creatives of his generation and I am delighted that he is joining the HarperCollins Children’s Books list,” she told the The HollyWood Reporter. “From the outset, Idris had a very clear vision of the characters and stories he has imagined, and is passionate about creating books that will appeal to all children.”
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She also praised Robyn Charteris saying she has “a fantastic track record in writing for children.”
She went on to say, “I am hugely excited to also welcome her to the world of children’s books. I feel privileged that Idris has entrusted us to bring his stories to life and I cannot wait to share them with children across the globe.”
“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris, and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins,” Elba posted on Twitter