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Launching 'A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy'

Author Libby Hathorn with book 'A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy'.

It’s been a very exciting week for Learning Services as we launched celebrated children’s author Libby Hathorn’s latest picture book A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy. The inspiration for this fabulous book was her extensive WWI research for her novel released last year, Eventual Poppy Day, combined with these two images from the Library collections.

Author LIbby Hathorn conducting a video conference at the State Library

 We starting the launch events with 50 students from Aurora College for gifted and talented students who are located in public schools in regional NSW. They were very keen to ask Libby about the inspiration for her books, how she works with an illustrator, how old she was when she published her first book, how she got started as an author and her writing practices. The enthusiastic response from students was a great thrill to Libby and we look forward to seeing the student’s creative response to another collection item shown below. Students are submitting their best literary efforts in the hope of receiving an autographed copy of the book.

In the afternoon we continued our launch day events with Lord Howe Island Central School, Mathoura Public School, Tamworth Public School and Plunkett St Public School joining us via video conference. Great preparations had been made in all schools and they enthusiastically shared their artwork, questions and poetry writing. We had girls in pearls, food befitting a launch event and even Rosie the dog, resplendent in a poppy collar joining us on screen to meet Libby and hear about the creative process from inspiration to publication.

Stay tuned for a series of poetry films we are currently developing with Libby which will feature much loved Australian poets.