Monday, April 13, 2015

NEWCASTLE WRITERS FESTIVAL: Purple Elephants Book Launch

Day one of Newcastle Writers Festival started in the most delightful way. My good friend, Susan Whelan, launched her first book at Newcastle Library, as part of the children's day festivities. 

Don't think About Purple Elephants is a children's book collaboration with the illustrator, Gwynneth Jones, and is the most beautiful looking book. The illustrations are bright and imaginative with magnificent purple elephants rollicking throughout. The story is essentially a self-help for young children (but possibly everyone) who over-think things and become so anxious that sleep becomes problematic. It's a great story told subtlety without being preachy, yet it's message is clear. It is supported by the perfect illustrations, and both ladies should be equally pleased with their work. I know I am proud of my friend realising her dream of becoming a published author.

The morning was fun and whimsical, thanks to Newcastle Library staff doing a superb decorating and marketing job for the book and to Susan for her own fabulous ideas including 6 onesie cladded purple 'elephants' wandering around.

Following purple footprints up to the launch area, we were dazzled with cutout elephants, and a delicious array of purple and yellow treats to celebrate the book. The room was packed with excited children and adults alike and the buzz level was high and enthusiastic.

After some passionate speeches regarding the book and the process, Susan read the story to the excited young crowd, and the session drew to a close and those cupcakes were devoured.

I still need to get my book signed, but am sure I will get that sorted at some point...after all, I know the author!
And don't forget, if you are struggling with an over active mind, try thinking about purple elephants instead.

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