Indigo kids laugh a lot in kooka book

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CHIL­DREN from Indigo and 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 Beech­worth, Yackandandah, Chiltern and Ruther­glen who helped to il­lus­trate the pub­li­ca­tion.

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

North East stu­dents 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.”

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

The Indigo Shire tour in­cluded Indigo Shire Li­brary in Ruther­glen yes­ter­day, Yackandandah li­brary to­day at 9.30am, Chiltern li­brary to­mor­row at 11am, and Beech­worth li­brary on Novem­ber 24 at 10.30am.

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

IN PRINT: Book de­sign 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 Indigo and Alpine shires.

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