Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Claire Saxby, friend and writing buddy, invited me to launch her latest book, There was and Old Sailor. The event was supported by The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville. The crowd swelled and filled the foyer of The Sun Cinema - the two places being separated by folding glass doors. Pirate and musician, Danny Walsh put the text to music leaving no doubt in our minds that Claire's story has life as a terrific song as well as a wonderful picture story book.

There was and Old Sailor has arrived in the bookshops with a splash of terrific reviews. Cassandra Allen's illustrations are remarkable and I thoroughly recommend folk (especially my storytelling mates) check it out. With strong rhymes, repetition and the cumulative structure - this text is perfect for the trad teller.

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