An­gela returns for book sign­ing

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An iconic Wim­mera at­trac­tion has in­spired a for­mer res­i­dent to pen her first chil­dren’s book at the age of 75.

The Gi­ant Koala in Dadswells Bridge was home for pre­vi­ous own­ers An­gela Castell and hus­band Richard for 10 years, be­fore fire de­stroyed their War­took home and they moved to the Ade­laide Hills.

Now, Mrs Castell will re­turn to the re­gion that in­spired it all for a pic­ture-book sign­ing of ‘Mozzie’ – the story of a mos­quito who bit a sleep­ing koala’s nose – on Fri­day at Hor­sham Plaza.

“I orig­i­nally lived in Hor­sham and we had a home and prop­erty at War­took Val­ley in the Grampians, but that burnt down in the fires about five years ago,” Mrs Castell said. “It was dur­ing the time my hus­band and I owned the Gi­ant Koala that I thought about writ­ing this story.

“It is about Mozzie the mos­quito, who bites the sleep­ing koala’s nose so hard that he falls out of the tree. The kook­abur­ras laugh so much Mozzie runs away, and koala’s friends try to catch him.

“The book’s char­ac­ters are all of our iconic Aus­tralian an­i­mals.”

As a teacher and li­brar­ian for more than 30 years, Mrs Castell said she un­der­stood the im­por­tance of reading sto­ries to chil­dren and al­ways wanted to write a book.

She said her daugh­ter en­cour­aged her to send ‘Mozzie’ to pub­lish­ers, with Austin Mac­cauley London tak­ing on the book in only a few weeks, be­fore pub­lish­ing on March 29 this year.

“I just love telling sto­ries and al­ways en­joyed story-writ­ing,” Mrs Castell said.

“As a teacher, I know the power of reading to lit­tle chil­dren – they learn through rep­e­ti­tion and with all the lit­tle char­ac­ters in sto­ries they fall in love with.

“It was ac­tu­ally my daugh­ter who kept telling me to get the book pub­lished, and it all hap­pened very quickly.”

Mrs Castell’s book has since been re­leased in the United King­dom, Ire­land, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Aus­tralia. She will be at Hor­sham Plaza sign­ing books from 11am to 4pm, with a reading at 12.30pm.

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