I am extremely pleased and excited to announce that Catch that Cat! will be officially launched at the upcoming Paniyiri 2015 Greek Festival!
Paniyiri is described as a, “kaleidoscopic cultural explosion that is now legendary with over 50,000 Greeks and honorary Greeks flocking to Musgrave Park, South Brisbane every year”. But more than that, Paniyiri is important in terms of nurturing children’s appreciation of culture and community and instilling values such as kindness, tolerance, respect, and understanding from a young age. The Paniyiri is run by a huge team of volunteers who organise stalls, prepare food and serve/ sell items to raise money for projects such as Welfare, Greek school, soccer and dancing clubs, and different associations representing different parts of Greece, all in the spirit of goodwill and fellowship.
Creating Catch that Cat! has been a labour of love, and it’s wonderful to see everything coming together after months of hard work! To be able to launch it at Paniyiri is also a huge honour for me. For those of you who don’t know much about me, I’m Greek-Australian and creating a bilingual picture book for kids has always been a huge ambition of mine. For the past fifteen years I have been developing programs and curriculum resources for children, schools and teachers in a major art gallery in Brisbane, and it seemed a natural progression to pour my ideas about home and belonging into a fun, colourful story for kids to enjoy.
It’s always been important to me to nurture ties with my country of birth, Greece, and I regularly visit the island of Kythera, where the book is set. One of the main reasons I decided to create Catch that Cat!, was to promote a wider sense of intercultural understanding, as well as respect and compassion, at home and in schools.
At Paniyiri, I’ll be introducing children and families to the book’s main character, Aphrodite the cat, for the first time and I can’t wait! You can read more about the story and characters here. I’ll be reading from Catch that Cat! at 2pm on Saturday 23 May and Sunday 24 May in the Children’s Tent located on Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane as part of the Paniyiri 2015 Festival program. It’s a really great festival with a wonderful atmosphere and I urge everyone to come and get involved!
I hope to see you there!