Emotional Wellbeing


Mandy Kloppers

“Talking to wildlife helped get me through Chemo!”

Henry’s new book, Conversations at the Pond (Talk to the wildlife, it works wonders for your mental wellbeing) is due for release on 23rd September from mental health publisher Cherish Editions (part of Trigger Publishing). A set of 20 short stories illustrated beautifully by Cheyenne Hardwick, this is the book for children to buy their parents and grandparents to put a smile back on their faces.

About the Book

Laughter truly is the best medicine…

While undergoing chemotherapy after his colon cancer operation in early 2020, Henry Slator knew he was missing his usual light hearted outlook on life. But what to do if you’re missing a little bit of humour? He found it by imagining conversations with creatures in and around his large garden pond and adding buckets of fun. He created the entertaining Conversations at the Pond with its mass of colourful illustrations. By taking you along his journey and through these enjoyable stories he hopes to inspire delight and cheer you up too. The book is perfect for anyone who might need a little laugh to get through tough times or simply to boost their spirit and take a different, more humorous approach to life.


Who would have thought of discovering solace and laughter at a pond?

–  Wonderful characters and intriguing goings on at the pond. 80+ illustrations & 20 short stories make the book a treat. This is a brilliant book children can buy for their grandparents and parents!

–  Conversations at the Pond offers uplifting entertainment and surprises, which will help to revive your inner child. It will work wonders for your wellbeing… and you definitely won’t look at a pond the same way again.


“I haven’t a clue where Henry gets his extraordinary ideas from, but they are a joy to illustrate.” – Cheyenne Hardwick, Illustrator of Conversations at the Pond

Title: Conversations at the Pond

Author: Henry Slator

Genre: Fiction, Health, Illustrated Fiction

Publisher: Cherish Editions

Illustrator: Cheyenne Hardwick

Publication date: September 23 2021

Availability: Paperback

Price: £12.99

 Online press folder: bit.ly/ConversationsAtThePond


About Henry Slator:

Henry lives in north Cornwall with his wife of 40+ years Margaret. A part-time writer for 35+ years and more recently finding himself enjoying life as a pensioner, Henry is fascinated by nature and can be regularly found out and about with his most treasured possession – his binoculars.

Getting lost in his imagination and looking for the bright side in life are hugely important to Henry, particularly since 2020 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. Prior to that, Henry was fit and healthy. At that time, Henry had no idea that his garden pond would take centre stage in his story until walking the 130 paces to the bench on its island became a major part of his coping-with-chemo fight.

Three months after his final chemo, the first draft of Conversations at the Pond was complete. The chemo nurses of The Royal Cornwall Hospital will be given copies from the first print run. As Henry writes, ‘I would not have written this story, and felt mentally better because of it, if it hadn’t been for their encouragement.’