Yellow Postbox Unveiled on Uxbridge Road

Links to free digital offerings from local children's author

Nathan Byron with the World Book Day postbox
Nathan Byron with the World Book Day postbox

A bright yellow postbox has been unveiled on Uxbridge Road in Shepherd’s Bush to mark World Book Day by local children’s author Nathan Bryon.

The Shepherd’s Bush-born writer was joined by his colleague, illustrator Dapo Adeola, to reveal the special digital postbox with a QR code linking through to some free digital offerings from the authors.

It is one of five unveiled across the UK to honour all the British authors and illustrators who have been working hard to keep children happily engaged and reading during lockdown. The postbox will be decorated for a month.

Nathan and Dapo won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book of The Year last year for Look Up!.

It’s a book about a science-mad young black girl trying to distract her brother from his phone and aims challenge perceptions around race and gender.

In addition to writing one of the most popular recently released children’s books, Nathan and Dapo have been keeping thousands of children entertained with their lively and entertaining digital events, including their Puffin Storytime which has been viewed over 25,000 times.

Nathan said, “It is such an honour for our work to be included in this project alongside such incredible literary talent. To see Rocket come to life in a completely different medium on the side of a London Royal Mail postbox is so awesome and we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction to it!”

As well as being an actor, Nathan has previously written for BBC children’s TV shows Rastamouse, Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House.

He asked his friend Dapo, an illustrator and character designer, to draw the character of Rocket. “I just told him she was a black girl, with big hair, and glasses – it was like he had a cable to my brain,” Nathan told the BBC.

Mark Street, Head of Campaigns at Royal Mail, said, “The UK is home to some of the world’s best children’s authors, and it is heart-warming to see how so many have been focused on keeping the magic of literature alive for children during lockdown.”

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


March 15, 2021