Albany author thankful for journey at launch of inspiring third book

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
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Let’s Shine Productions co-director Jill Larsen, Carers WA’s Andi Dackins, author Naomi Lake and co-director Janet McArtney.
Camera IconLet’s Shine Productions co-director Jill Larsen, Carers WA’s Andi Dackins, author Naomi Lake and co-director Janet McArtney. Credit: Sarah Makse/ Albany Advertiser

Albany author Naomi Lake celebrated the release of her third book on Friday, signing copies for her fans at Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company.

The theatre has a special place in Lake’s heart and the pages of her new book, which she credits for helping her to find her voice and explore her passion for performing.

It was only fitting that the theatre be the place to launch her latest title, Naomi’s World, telling the story of Lake’s road to success and experience growing up with Down syndrome.

The storybook is being distributed by Carers WA as part of a campaign to help shed light on the stories of community champions and inspire children with disabilities to pursue their dreams.

Naomi’s World shares Lake’s struggles to fit in at school, the solace and success she found in writing, her love of performing, and the inspiration behind her successful children’s series Harmony the Hen.

Author Naomi Lake signs copies of her third book, Naomi's World.
Camera IconAuthor Naomi Lake signs copies of her third book, Naomi's World. Credit: Sarah Makse/ Albany Advertiser

Lake said it “was the best feeling ever” to unveil her new book to the public. “It makes me feel so happy that I am out here in the real world releasing my book, it is like a dream come true for me,” she said.

“It has been an amazing journey with my writing.

“If it wasn’t for my family, I wouldn’t be here and thank you to ALOTCo because they are like my second family.”

Carers WA community connections officer Andi Dackins said it had been a long haul to get the book published, which was slowed down due to COVID-19.

“The intention is to highlight the really cool contributions people with disabilities can make to their communities,” she said. “It’s just lovely to see Naomi shine.”

Naomi’s World can be found at the Albany Public Library or downloaded for free at bit.ly/34fgdcG.

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