Creativity was put to good use by the Trinity College Junior School Young Writers’ Club this term as they wrote individual short illustrated stories and published them as a collection aptly named A Book by Boys.
This entertaining collection of tales that romp through adventures with kings, wizards, warlords and water bombs has been catalogued by the National Library of Australia and is professionally printed and bound.
The book is the brainchild of Year 5 teacher and Chief Editor Mrs Jackie Williams who is delighted with the final product.
She said that in producing the book “the boys made an amazing journey in such a short space of time.”
“To see the boys’ eyes light up when they saw the published book made all my sleepless nights of editing seem worthwhile,” she said.
“At the book launch a parent asked me ‘How can we ever repay you for what you have done for our boys?’ I looked over to the boys sitting at their signing desk, and as their beaming faces greeted excited ‘fans’ and as they signed their ‘author’ signature, I realised they already had.”“The next day I asked one of the authors, ‘Is your hand sore from all the signing yesterday?’”
“No, I’d do it again!’ he exclaimed grinning from ear to ear.”
Prior to the book launch three representatives from the Young Writers’ Club shared their stories with children from the Princess Margaret Hospital School.
Trinity College deputy principal Trevor Briedis organised the visit, which turned out to be a happy experience for students and patients.
The Writers’ Club was also fortunate to have a visit from Tony Curtis, author of the book Strive Manfully A History of CBC Perth and Trinity College 1894 – 2003.
Tony shared his experience of research, the creative process and marketing strategies with students.
A Book by Boys was officially launched at a special ceremony in the Trinity Junior School Library on Thursday November 27.
Invited guests included Trinity Principal Mr Ivan Banks, Head of Junior School Mark Hackett, sub-editor Mrs Janine Wyatt, Mr Trevor Briedis, the deputy principal of Princess Margaret Hospital School, Debbie Froome from Liwara Catholic Primary School, Alison Schultz from Thornlie Public Library, Mr Ben Brennan from Scott Print and the parents and grandparents of the authors.
After official speeches and the presentation of the first edition to the College for the archives the authors cut a red ribbon and A Book by Boys was officially launched.
Autographs were in high demand and the book was so popular that it is now sold out.