The Goondiwindi Library will host 'author, presenter and enthusioligist', Chris Collin, for an interactive show designed to promote reading through humour, fun and engagement this Thursday. Tickets are $5. The sessions will be at 10am and 2pm. Chris was born in New Zealand. He had a 25-year career in civil construction before publishing. "I have always loved the written word and have been a keen reader for as long as I remember. I have always enjoyed rhyming stories and was regularly called upon to come up with a little ditty for birthdays and other special events," Chris said. "Mum and dad, during road trips, would come up with the first line of a limerick and then we'd have to finish it."
At his son Sam's school camp he wrote a play for theatre night, where they had to act out a silly story for the amusement of the students and teachers. Later his family suffered a tragedy. Sam's mum Su developed a terminal illness, passing away after a five-year battle. "I made a promise that I would turn that story into a picture book. Seven years after I wrote the play, my first book was published," he said. Chris' presentations are adaptable to suit any age and are focused on literacy through fun and funkiness. "I incorporate live narration of my books to audio-visual musical slideshows, puppets, singing/dancing, art activities - all with rhyme and fun as a common thread. One of my reasons for doing what I do is to let kids know how individual and special they all are; and to follow their dreams and passions, no matter what they may be."