A SON is following in the footsteps of his mother and has relaunched her publishing company.
Oliver Lee has teamed up with Erin Large to breathe new life into Merlin Corporation.
The St Annes-based company specialises in books, films and media with a strong fantasy, magical element and aims to promote local talent and offer an outlet for writers and artists to see their work published.
Oliver said: “We want to take on young writers, film makers and artists, hone their talents and turn them into a career.
“We are willing to invest in people and act as agents, reps and partners. We are looking for creative people from our community to get involved.”
He said the company has already published a series of books such as the Tapestry of Fates trilogy and the Island of Ice and the Snowmites, and have 256 characters that they are developing, plus films.
He said their snowmites books are aimed at the education sector and come with a package that teachers can use in lessons on family values, including a pen-pal service from the characters in the books. The company was originally founded in 1987 by his mum Beverley Gilmour and now since graduating in film production he has taken over to lead it into the 21st Century.
Erin is the head of film production at Merlin Corporation and has been working in the industry for six years.
Oliver is the Chairman of the board at the company which he said is structured to capture the spirit of the magical story.
He said: “Merlin’s characters and storylines symbolise the nucleus of creative developments within the magical fantasy of storytelling.
“We aim to engender a new social awareness and encourage young people to believe in their creative abilities.”
“We want to help people who are very passionate about achieving their dreams and full potential in the publishing and film industry.”
He said they were developing two feature films – Tir na nog, based on Irish legends, and Spiritual Son which has already secured funding from Creative England.