Reading of a new story by local author at Boutport Street shop on December 23.

HOW do a wonky little tree, a fairy, and a poor little boy and his father find the heart of Christmas?

Find out when first time Barnstaple author Jools Burton gives two live readings of her new story A Little Christmas Fairy Tale on Monday, December 23 at Furniture Magpie in Boutport Street.

“So many people are fed up with the commercialism hiding the central theme of Christmas,” said Jools.

“I wrote my story for people who don’t like Christmas, because they’re lonely, or can’t see the simple opportunities this festive season can bring. It’s usually about who has the best food deals, or adverts for the latest must-haves.”

When given an opportunity by Samantha Baines of Furniture Magpie to re-light an old passion for story-telling, Jools rose to that challenge by creating a fairy story for all ages.

She was even presented with a hand-made fairy, created by Gill Madge: “I was absolutely stunned,” added Jools, “she just gave me a bag with the fairy in it, and I finished the story inspired by her unexpected gift.”

The live readings at 48 Boutport Street will be at 11.30am and 2.30pm on December 23. There will be free milk and cookies for children (who must be accompanied by an adult), and donations are welcome for the Royal British Legion.