Walter Speazlebud intends to visit the Moon. Not when he's grown up; not even with the next NASA mission. No, Walter intends to use his power of Noitanigami ('imagination' to those of you who sadly lack the ability to spell, talk and travel backwards). With the help of gutsy Annie Zuckers and gentle Levon, Walter is going to travel back in time to 1969 to prove that the Moon landing happened. So what if the Moon's surface looks like the Nevada desert? So what if Neil Armstrong botched his line (Shouldn't it have been 'one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind'?)? Walter's beloved grandfather said it happened, and even if he is getting confused in the head, Walter's grandfather must be right. Walter is going to prove it! And if Walter can master his gift of Noitanigami, perhaps then he will be able to take his grandfather back in time, too, and rid him of his Alzheimer's.
David is a music supervisor for film, a songwriter, and a former music journalist and arts television producer. Like Walter Speazlebud, he speaks and writes backwards effortlessly - and has even been known to make people go backwards. He has a high profile in Ireland for this talent, thanks to appearances on TV and radio, and hugely popular amongst schools and libraries. He is often stopped in the street by people asking him to talk backwards. In March 2004 he won an Arts Council Award worth GBP 6,000 to become artist in residence for the 2004 Eigse Arts Festival in Carlow. His first book, a story for young children about Walter Speazlebud, published by O'Brien Press, was a bestseller in Ireland.