A local author who has written a book inspired by nurses around the world has enjoyed her first book signing.
Kayla Woodfine penned Nurses Have Super Flower Powers, inspired by what her sister went through during the Covid pandemic – a time when many selfless NHS staff lost their lives while selflessly caring for others.
She was delighted to meet readers and fans at her book signing at Silcock’s Pier Family Restaurant on Saturday (18th November 2023).
Silcock’s Operations Manager Serena Silcock-Prince said: “Kayla’s first book signing went very well!
“I am really proud of her.
“It was a great turnout and a really positive reaction from people to her new book.
“Her book is a great dedication to the work done by nurses around the world and by the wonderful NHS staff at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, which provided such superb care to Kayla’s son, Kai, when he was born there.”
The book, an illustrated poem, is suitable for children as well as people of all ages.
Illustrated by Reka Kadar, it highlights the similarity in how nurses and flowers are both there with us during happy times and sad.
Just like the flowers we give or receive during the best news or the saddest goodbyes, nurses are there with their super flower powers – caring, healing and comforting.
10% of author royalties from the book are being donated to the Liverpool Women’s Hospital NICU.
Kayla is touched that her book has been chosen to be available in the Royal College Of Nursing Library.
Kayla originally hails from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
After meeting her husband, John, while working on cruise ships, she moved to the UK. The couple has a son, Kai, and daughter, Serena.
Since high school Kayla has had a passion for writing short stories and poetry.
Unable to further her passion by going to university due to her father falling ill, she has finally found the courage to share her work.
She hopes to become a full-time author and share more wonderful stories with readers.
Nurses Have Super Flower Powers is available at outlets including Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith, Hive.co.uk and elsewhere.
Kayla said: “My book is dedicated to all of the nurses we have so sadly lost.
“My sister, Janine, works as a nurse in South Africa.
“Because of my sister, I have always been surrounded by nurses so I know the hardships they go through and the selflessness and courage they possess.
“I have seen how, all over the world, nurses were struggling during the Covid pandemic.
“I saw how much they sacrificed, how much time they spent away from their families, and how many of them were suffering with Covid or dying from Covid which they caught while caring for patients who needed their help.
“The book is aimed at children, but also adults, anyone who is or has been a nurse, anyone who is coping with bereavement.
“It is for anyone who takes care of anyone else.
“The book is available online, in the UK and across Europe as well.
“I was very moved when I heard the book had been given a place in the Royal College Of Nursing Library.
“A tenth of my royalties are going to the NICU at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
“Our little boy, Kai, was born there by emergency C-section. We nearly lost him. The team there saved him.
“Kai was born with a lack of oxygen to the brain but the support the medical staff gave him was incredible.
“You look at him now and you would never know what he went through!
“The work done by the Liverpool Women’s Hospital is just amazing.”