Pigeons in the Post and Meeting Toni

So the Pigeon Let­ters project has come to an end. I first blogged about par­tak­ing in the project back in June of this year and as of this week the project has come to a close. The project is over because the book Pigeons: Sto­ries in the Post II has been launched and is now out. The book fea­tures the sto­ries of each writ­ing team (which con­sisted of an author and a stu­dent from Footscray City Pri­mary School), as well as a cou­ple of let­ters from the cor­re­spon­dence that went on between stu­dent and author.

You’ll soon be able to buy the book online and all the pro­ceeds go back into Pigeons so they can keep doing these projects.

The great­est thrill of the whole project for me, came at the launch of the book ear­lier this week when all the authors and stu­dents, friends and fam­ily, gath­ered together at the Footscray Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre and I was finally able to meet my co-author Toni. Check us out!

Don’t we look happy with our­selves! Hav­ing writ­ten our let­ters back and forth for half a year — and get­ting to know each other a bit — noth­ing beats the excite­ment, awk­ward­ness and relief of meet­ing a pen pal in per­son. Toni also did a short read­ing from the story we wrote, which appears in the Pigeons book, and is called ‘Vaseket­ball’ (Psst — that’s a com­bi­na­tion of Vases and Bas­ket­ball). She even got a few laughs dur­ing her read­ing. Well done Toni!

There are some other great sto­ries in the book includ­ing ‘The Adven­tures of Night Shadow’ by Tony Wil­son and Skerry Palanga, ‘Forgery of Emo­tions’ by Mar­tine Mur­ray and Alice Noo­nan and ‘The Sword of Rodithal’ by Michael Pryor and Ari Boyd.

So well done Pigeons! A fan­tas­tic and incred­i­bly worth­while project indeed.

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