Kids trans­late kook­aburra laughter

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CHIL­DREN from three Alpine com­mu­ni­ties have be­come pub­lished authors and il­lus­tra­tors fol­low­ing the re­lease of a book ti­tled ‘The laugh that shook the world’ – a story of one of Aus­tralia’s most dis­tinc­tive birds.

Walk­ley Award-win­ing jour­nal­ist An­drew Per­rin launched the book, writ­ten by his friend Craig Dent, in Al­bury on Satur­day.

It tells of kook­abur­ras and in­cludes the work of stu­dents from Bright, Mount Beauty and Myrtle­ford who, in groups, wrote “se­cret stan­zas’ – lines of poetry – which were then in­cluded in the text.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion fol­lows a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive chil­dren’s book work­shops in North East schools and shires ear­lier this year.

Craig has been a re­cip­i­ent of fund­ing from the Lit­er­a­ture Board of the Aus­tralia Coun­cil for the Arts and was a writer-in-res­i­dence at West­ern Plains Zoo near Dubbo in NSW.

“In de­sign­ing work­shops for schools, it oc­curred to me that it would be a cool idea to in­cor­po­rate ideas by stu­dents and give them an op­por­tu­nity to pub­lish,” he said.

“There’s an in­no­va­tive way we have de­signed the book to in­clude their work.”

The book was de­signed by Haylee Co­d­ina, a close friend of Craig’s, with draw­ings by Lau­ren Habarow and one from Bethany Lin­quist.

North East stu­dents have also cre­ated draw­ings as their own pic­to­rial in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the story.

Craig had the idea for the book in 2016 dur­ing a North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity com­mis­sion to write a book with the peo­ple of Be­nam­bra.

That ti­tle was called ‘Re­leased from the wild’.

“Driv­ing to Be­nam­bra from Mitta, we stopped at Light­ning Creek, where two kook­abur­ras were pulling worms from the ground, so it gave me an idea,” Craig said.

“I grew up with Ken May­nard’s Et­ta­mo­gah Pub and loved his funny draw­ings of an­i­mals.”

Stanza writ­ers in­cluded Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege and Alpine Shire Li­braries’ Myrtle­ford branch par­tic­i­pants Aaron Kiss, Zoe Dood­e­waard, Jock Pas­coe and De­clan Tan­ner, Bright branch par­tic­i­pants Tanya Sims, Joshua Sims, Tay­lor Ather­stone and Alan Grasser, and Mount Beauty branch par­tic­i­pants Macken­zie Charl­ton, Bianca Perri and Carmela Perre.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion is from this week be­ing cel­e­brated dur­ing a tour of North East schools and li­braries un­til Novem­ber 24.

The Alpine Shire tour in­cludes Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege at 1pm and Myrtle­ford Li­brary at 3.30pm on Novem­ber 15, Pore­punkah Pri­mary School at 2pm and Bright Li­brary at 3.30pm on Novem­ber 16, Wandiligong Pri­mary at 1pm and Har­ri­etville Pri­mary at 3pm on Novem­ber 17, and Mount Beauty Li­brary at 3.30pm on Novem­ber 22.

The book is avail­able from Dy­mocks Book­stores for $ 20 from Dy­mocks or can be or­dered via email from craig@craig­dent. com.au.

IN PRINT: Book de­signer Haylee Co­d­ina and North East au­thor Craig Dent at the launch of ‘The laugh that shook the world’ on Satur­day – ahead of a schools and li­brary tour in

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