Sir Lenny Henry has signed a deal to write seven children’s books, the first of which will be published in 2021.
The deal will see the actor/comedian write four fiction titles, and thee picture books.
The first book, which doesn’t yet have a title, will be published in autumn 2021 and will be aimed at 8-12 year olds.
That will be followed by his first picture book,You Can Do Anything, Tyrone, in spring 2022.
Speaking about the deal, Henry said: “This is an incredibly exciting moment of my life; I was a voracious reader throughout my childhood even though there were not that many books in our house.
“I joined Dudley Library at the behest of my Auntie Pearl and from that moment on I was a regular customer, immersing myself in the parallel universes of Just William, Enid Blyton and CS Lewis.
“When I thought about writing for children, all my favourite authors sprang to mind – big respect to all of them. To contribute to such a hallowed canon is the biggest thrill ever. I can’t wait to share my stories with you.”
The comedian has already written a short story to introduce readers to Tyrone, and released this video of him reading it: