The Princess of Felling

Who is The Princess of Felling? 

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Not it’s a book, a badge, a mini musical, a poster and more. The Princess of Felling is my poetic memoir of growing up on Tyneside in the 1970s and here is where you’ll find the book plus tie-in merchandise.

The Princess of Felling is an illustrated poetic memoir of my childhood and adolescence. The book pays homage to my home town of Felling and is an extended, loving letter to my late parents. The book was published in April 2019 by Limelight Classic Productions Limited and features photographs of Felling taken in summer 2018 by Rossena Petcova and unique maps by Steve Lancaster. Look out for the fold out map at the rear of the book!

The Princess of Felling resonates with readers of all ages. As Felling lass Jill Halfpenny says in the book, “Reading Elaine’s stories and poetry takes me back to my childhood in Felling and all of the smells, sounds and tastes of that time. Her words allow me to remember things that I didn’t know I’d forgotten.

Writer Tom Kelly says, “The Princess of Felling is a lovely heartfelt memoir that would bring a tear to a glass eye. It did to mine.


“It’s perfect! I picture it like the Hundred Acre Wood…only in Felling. Just as magic, though.”

“Didn’t know what to expect…perhaps a 21st century interpretation of  a classic fairy tale…a well-intended pastiche of a Grimm maybe…but certaily not the affectionate, poignant, passionate tale that I proceeded to devour I really enjoyed this diary, family saga, travelogue and love story. It’s all of these and more….”

Greatly enjoyed The Princess of Felling by Elaine Cusack. Odd tangential points of contact with my roughly contemporary and congeographic life – Jesmond school, Bloodaxe Books…Contains a splendid Tom Baker story.”

“Was so tempted to gobble this down in one sitting but forced myself to savour small delightful morsels. Just beautiful. And I’d forgotten all about skinshees!”

“I have smiled, nodded, chortled, reminisced, felt nostalgic and cried. Elaine has helped me to recall my own experiences in a parallel universe with exactly 5.9 miles and 1 year between us…”

“In parts it’s educational, nostalgic, humorous, sometimes evoking sad memories for me and lovely memories too. The story telling is seamless and impressive; I summed it up as being a delight!”

“It isn’t long enough! You get to the end and you want more! I love that it’s full of nostalgia and gentle pathos, but shot through with such a delightful, whimsical humour. It’s made me do what I never imagined I’d do: roam around the streets of Felling on Google Earth, looking for the places where these magic events occurred.”

Buy The Princess of Felling here

You can also buy copies in person from The Bound Bookshop and Happy Planet Studio and Gallery in Whitley Bay plus Cogito Books in Hexham, Newcastle Central Library, Felling Volunteer Library and Gateshead Central Library.

And did you know The Princess has her own Spotify playlist ?!