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Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Supported by Peel Health Campus
Book now at manpac.com.au
State Theatre Centre of WA
Book now at Ticketek.com.au
SMArter than smoking presents
Barking Gecko & Sydney Theatre Company’s
By colin thiele
adapted for the stage by tom holloway
New releases from WA publishers and writers
that will have your kids transfixed.
THE LOST BOOMERANG
By Nicola, Aussie Gumnuts, $9.95
This charming story was inspired by the author’s wanderings in the West Australian
bush. Kids can help solve the mystery of the lost boomerang!
HAROLD AND GRACE
By Sean E Avery, Fremantle Press, $24.99
Sculptor and illustrator Sean both wrote and illustrated this touching tale about
a tadpole and caterpillar who hatch at the same time, but grow apart as they age.
By Geoff Havel, Fremantle Press, $14.99
Cerebral palsy stops James from doing some things, but Sticks quickly finds they
have more in common than he thinks.
Distance won’t stand in the way of sharing a bedtime story
any more, thanks to a new homegrown read-along app.
There’s no middle ground with an app – it’s fabulous if it responds to a problem in
your life, and utterly useless otherwise. Fortunately, new reading app Quality Time falls
squarely into the first category. The idea came to Steve Nicholson on a lonely drive from
Port Hedland to Perth, after receiving a phone call from his daughter in Queensland,
requesting he read her a bedtime story. Incapable of doing so, he spent the rest of
the drive wondering how to counter the problem – and he came up with Quality Time.
“It’s for reconnecting families who have distance,” explains one of Steve’s business
partners, Chris Braine, who came on board with the tech skills Steve lacked. “It enables
people who aren’t in the same place to read the same book together, so that fathers
can have meaningful one-on-one time with their children.” That need was obvious to
the partners, says Chris, because all of them are fathers – but, as they’ve developed it
further, the app has had some unexpected benefits. “The FIFO lifestyle was natural,
because that’s where the idea came from,” says Chris. “But it can also benefit broken
families and the expat market, and, long-term, we have bold visions for the app beyond
its day-to-day capabilities.” Those plans include its value as an education resource
in remote communities (“You could educate a child anywhere in the world using this
connection”) and, thanks to launch book My Superhero, published by Fremantle Press, as
a conversation-starter about mental health and the way men are perceived by children.
Chris and his partners are so behind the app, they’re making it free, with books for sale
within the app, cut-price. “We want to keep families in touch in a meaningful way.”
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