Characters: Babeth

babeth Babeth Placard


With a plump personality mixed in equal parts of grandmotherly sweetness and insightful intelligence, Babeth is known for being Swinston's favored confidant regarding more serious matters, and is equally well know for wearing large, gaudy hats, a trait shared with her close friend and ally Quenelope. If not with Quenelope, Babeth can usually be found in the company of Swinston, and with either the conversations regarding The Farm never cease. As one of the four morning conversationalists who congregate every morning near The Puddle, Babeth is well-connected to the inner workings of The Farm.

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The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

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Hinsberth Presents

Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

R. S. Markel
Photo by Tracy Burke Photography


Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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