Ida Barker spent seven dedicated years (2003 – 2010) busking her self-penned songs on Bridlington, Scarborough and York streets, to gigging pubs and clubs in and around the North of England, gaining airplay on BBC Radio York and BBC Radio Humberside. A change is as good as a reply, with this in mind, she chose a new direction – to become a fiction writer (pseudonym Zizzi Bonah). In memory to her late grandparents, Ida Bona and Thomas Bateman-Hullah who farmed within Nidderdale, the author’s nom de plume came about – merging Bona and Hullah into Bonah
In 2016 mother and daughter – Gwen Hullah and Ida Barker, set up in partnership a book publishing business, aptly called She And The Cat’s Mother. All in-house, complete format: writing, editing, proof reading, formatting paperbacks and eBooks, to raising profile on social media – the only task they have not done is the printing. The acid test is getting their books into the highway of readers’ minds. They are authorpreneurs!