A CHILDREN'S book trilogy will be the final literary offering by Mirfield author Bill Forde.
Bill, who has raised an estimated £150,000 for charity, is to lay down his pen when The Kilkenny Cat trilogy is published next Thursday.
The trilogy - Truth, Justice and Freedom - is told through the eyes of a gypsy cat and highlights discrimination in Ireland, Jamaica and England.
Bill, 62, of Nettleton Road, Knowl, has written 29 books since 1989.
He has also read extracts from his stories to more than 500,000 primary school pupils.
He has also encouraged celebrity readers to visit the area, with actors, churchmen, MPs, sportsmen and TV personalities taking part.
Former probation officer Bill has given profits from the sale of his books to charity, raising an estimated £150,000 for good causes.
These have included Mencap and the cancer-fighting Roy Castle Appeal, named after the Scholes-born entertainer.
Bill, now a father-of-five, became Britain's youngest shop steward when he was just 18.
In 1962, he left for Canada, where he lived for two years.
When he returned he had a brief stint as a textile mill manager before joining the probation service.
He served in the service until he retired from it in 1994.
Bill became one of the UK's leading figures in relaxation therapy and assertion training.
He also pioneered the first anger management group programmes within the probation service.
Bill said his motivation for writing was simply to get children who might not have otherwise had the chance reading and writing.
"I have been selling books at absolutely no profit for many years, in a bid to get children who might not normally get the opportunity to read and write," he said.
"I have visited more than 2,100 schools in the last 15 years and it is that which I really love.
"I hope children enjoy my books - and maybe even realise they have a story within themselves."