About Imelda Bell

Author, conservationist & photographer

My Story

Imelda was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to England when she was 19 and completed a BA(Hons) in Drama, Television & Theatre Studies in Winchester. She then went on to work in broadcast and studio engineering for companies including Channel 4 Television and ITV.

After children came along, she devoted time to being a mother and discovered a love for photography and photoshop through photographing her children.

She then joined some photographic societies, learned more about her camera and photographic techniques, building up her skills in photography, creative editing and design.

Imelda became a  Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers in 2019, the same year as was awarded a Fellowship with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers for her body of work “Faces of Cancer”, which features in her book “Facing the Monster”. This work was also awarded the Best Fellowship Panel Award of 2018 with the Master Photographer’s Association. Imelda is now a judge with the Societies, having completed extensive training to reach this level.

Imelda has experienced the ups and downs of life, including cancer, and she writes from personal experiences. Her aim is to help people through photography and writing, and provide a little comfort where she can.

 “The Nasty Beast Who Wanted to Stay” is a book written to help young children understand what happens when a loved one gets cancer and “What to Wear Instead of Hair” is a fun book looking at hair loss.

Imelda’s other books include  “The Little Germ that Travelled the World” and it’s follow up ” The Stubborn Little Germ who Wouldn’t go Away” to help young children understand Coronavirus and social distancing and “When Grandad had to go Away” which helps to deal with the death of a loved one.

Wildlife Conservation

Imelda’s other love is wildlife, especially African mammals. 

Imelda is a director/trustee of Rhino Rescue UK.

Imelda has also written several books on wildlife conservation for kids and loves to chat to people of all ages about how to make a difference in preserving wildlife and our planet.

Current wildlife books include:

Mhelembe, A Rhino Tale

Mhelembe, the Rhino Totem

Did You Ever See a Pangolin?

Walking with Rhinos

Thandi the Rhino, a story of love and hope

Imelda has other books and projects in the planning, including several wildlife conservation collaborations.

Imelda is available to read any of her books or chat about wildlife and conservation in schools. Please contact her for further details.


Imelda Bell, Author, Books

The Nasty Beast who Wanted to Stay

Cancer is affecting more loves than ever, with reports that 1 in 2 of us will get cancer. This is a scary and confusing time for young children. This story written in rhyme tells the story from a child’s perspective of her mother’s cancer journey.

Mhelembe, the Rhino Totem

This story explores the ancient idea of totems or spirit animals common in many populations throughout the world and centres around the rescue of an orphaned rhino. It is based on the real, ongoing work of Rhino Revolution, a rhino orphanage and rehabilitation centre in South Africa, who care for not only rhinos, but pangolins too.

What to Wear Instead of Hair , book by Imelda Bell

Thandi the Rhino, a story of love and hope.

One night in 2012, three rhinos were poached at Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
This is the true story of Thandi, the rhino who survived this horrific poaching.
It is a story of love and hope about a rhino who has inspired many people around the world.

By purchasing this story, you will be helping rhinos and conservation.

Walking with Rhinos

This story is based on the life of James Mwenda, who was one of the caretakers of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino who lived at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. It looks at James’ journey from a young boy watching tourists pass by on their way to see animals on safari to becoming a rhino care giver for the last of a species.

Written in rhyme for children, but enjoyable and informative, with questions and answers by James included.

A percentage of profits from the book will go Helping Rhinos and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Book about the loss of a loved one

When Grandad had to go away.

“When Grandad had to go Away” is a story written in rhyme for young children about grief and the loss of a loved one. It explores the emotions and stages of grief and looks at ways to remember someone.

There is also a Grandma version of this book.


“Such a beautifully written book, that will help small people to understand what the world is going through currently, whilst spreading hope and positivity for the future. An excellent piece of work from a talented lady!”

– Amazon Customer

“It’s beautifully illustrated, great for any age, specially to teach kids conservation efforts being made to keep these beautiful creatures from going extinct. Even some fun facts about Rhinos. Inspirational to see James journey and love for Rhinos. Congrats to James Mwenda and Imelda, hope to seeing more books in the future.

A must have .”   

– Chris


“A lovely factual book that explains a cancer patient’s journey and the feelings a child may have. A beautiful rhythm and a positive message. Highly recommended.”

– Elli Cas

I would definitely recommend this for children to understand the strange world we live in at the moment. My almost 4 year old enjoys this and asks questions and relates to it. She picks it alot for her bedtime story.

– Katie


It is through the children living throughout the world, that we can build the foundation for a better and caring future for each other, our wildlife and the planet as a whole.

Contact Imelda