LOCKDOWN author and now TV star ‘granny Annie’ has been invited to feature more regularly on a Sunday talk show, following the success of her debut appearance.

After writing Covid-19 and family inspired book for children ‘Button Cottage Lockdown’, Anne Kings, from Gillingham, was invited to guest star on Martin and Roman Kemp’s ‘Sunday Best’ show at the end of August.

Anne had written the story to support children through the Covid-19 crisis and raise money for Julia’s House, and within a week of publishing around 100 copies had been sold.

Following her ITV appearance, Anne said: “All this seems so surreal, one minute I’m racking my brain during total lockdown - trying to think of how to turn 26 happy words into a story, which is how the book was born - and the next minute I’m taking part in a Sunday television show.”

She added: “I must say I have had really good feedback from people so far, and I haven’t even embarrassed my family, which really has never been too hard for me to do. I think the best [feedback] I have heard has come from our local nursing homes.

"As I am a Dementia Friends Champion in the Gillingham community, I have now got the show being watched by some of the residents where I go occasionally to provide social activities.”

Anne added: "The care workers get everyone up and in front of the television to watch ‘Granny Annie’ and Martin Kemp enjoying some lively banter on a Sunday morning.

"It really doesn’t get much better than that does it!”