Ella and the Ocean is launched at last!

August 11th, 2019

I was flicking through an old notebook from 1994 the day before yesterday, and found the very first note of the idea that eventually turned into my picture book, Ella and the Ocean. That’s 24 years ago! Some books take a very long time to cook.

The launch last Sunday was gorgeous, with friends, neighbours, relatives, and complete strangers helping us celebrate. Lyndon Riggall was a wonderfully warm-hearted MC;

Her Excellency the Governor, Kate Warner, launched Ella into the world with kindness and aplomb;

everyone got a boat stamp on their hand, and we ended with an enthusiastic hunt for paper boats by torchlight.

And now at last, after such a long journey, Ella is out in the world. You can buy her here, and find teachers’ notes here. If you see her somewhere, let me know!

2 thoughts on “Ella and the Ocean is launched at last!

  1. Michael says:

    Congratulations Lian! It looks like a wonderful occasion.

    1. Lian Tanner says:

      Thanks Michael, it really was delightful. Smiles all round.

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