Arrowtown writer Alma Stevenson launched her new children’s book by taking the same trip as its lead character.
The acclaimed children’s author launched Joe’s Journey on the Earnslaw on-board the historic Queenstown boat on Saturday.
All aboard: Illustrator PG Rob and writer Alma Stevenson launch ‘Joe’s Journey on the Earnslaw’.
“I have had this book in my mind for a while,” Stevenson says.
“The Earnslaw has been part of my life and my parents travelled on her on their honeymoon in 1928.
“My father-in-law used to meet the Earnslaw regularly to unload wool and grain on to her and I am pleased to have included some of the family’s original and historic photos in the book.”
Stevenson, who is suffering from ill-health, has published six books – including Old Red and the popular Zac Mac the All Black.
Joe’s Journey is illustrated by well-known Cardrona Valley illustrator Robyn Handtschoewercker – alias P.G. Rob.
Real Journeys spokesperson Tracey Maclaren – whose firm owns the Lake Wakatipu steamer – says the book will help enhance its centenary celebrations. The ship was launched in 1912.
“We are delighted to be able to include this book in our centenary celebrations and I am confident it will have wide appeal,” Maclaren says.
“Alma Stevenson is a wonderful writer and a very special person in our community and we welcome her contribution to our celebrations.”
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