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The Promise front cover shows a picture of a girl planting acorns.
Date and Time: 
15 March - 25 April 2014
World Land Trust gallery, Halesworth

The Promise is a simple story by Nicola Davies with an important message about our power to transform ourselves and the world around us. 

The exhibition of The Promise at World Land Trust (WLT) gallery displayed some of the book’s original illustrations by Laura Carlin along with excerpts from the book. 

Laura Carlin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of several awards, including the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has featured in Vogue, the Guardian and the New York Times. She illustrated The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was published in 2010 and awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category. The Promise, published in 2013, is her first picture book.

The Promise is by children’s author and WLT ambassador Nicola Davies. The book tells the story of a girl who plants trees all over the grey, run down city where she lives, at the same time transforming herself and her environment.

Some of the inspiration for the book came from another famous story, The Man Who Planted Trees, written by French author Jean Giono and first published in 1953, 60 years before the publication of The Promise. The fictional story of a French peasant who plants trees across a desert region of southern France had a huge international impact, inspiring real tree planting and encapsulating the spirit of the emerging environmental movement.

“I hope that The Promise will inspire a new generation of tree planters, because now more than ever we need trees - trees in cities to provide shade and inspiration, trees in forests to maintain biodiversity, trees everywhere to help soak up carbon dioxide,” explains Nicola Davies.

“Trees help us to reconnect with nature and to remember our place in the world. Planting a tree is a symbol of new beginnings and of a desire to make the future better than the present.”

Also on display at the exhibition were a selection of Laura Carlin’s ceramic beakers.

View works in the exhibition »

Exhibition opening times

The Promise opened at World Land Trust gallery on 15 March and closed on 25 April 2014.

Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am–4pm, closed Good Friday (18 April) and Bank Holiday Monday (21 April).

Weekend opening: The gallery will be open on Saturday 15 March 11am-2pm. During HighTide Festival the gallery was open on Saturday 12 April 10am-4pm and on Saturday 19 April 10am-4pm.

Book signing

Laura and Nicola signed copies of The Promise in the gallery on Saturday 15 March 11am–2pm.

Artist in residence

Laura was in residence at WLT gallery on Tuesday 18 March and Wednesday 19 March in the afternoon.

Outreach events with Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies held two events at Halesworth Library on Wednesday 16 April:

  • 10.30am-12pm: Time Out group (booking not required)
  • 2-3pm: Storytelling, followed by acorn craft activities for children (booking not required)

More information

For more information contact Kelly Jacobs, WLT’s Education, Outreach & Training Manager, by email or by phone (01986) 874422

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