Book marks a dream coming true

Saskia AdystiAlbany Advertiser
Naomi Lake and her new book, Harmony and the Forgetful Hen and the Fox.
Camera IconNaomi Lake and her new book, Harmony and the Forgetful Hen and the Fox. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

From a very young age, Albany woman Naomi Lake dreamed she would one day own a book she had written herself.

Despite being born with Down syndrome or as she described it, “that annoying extra chromosome”, she never stopped chasing that big dream of hers.

With dedication and a head full of imagination, Lake launched her second children’s book last weekend at the Albany Port Theatre.

Dozens of guests attended the ceremony to watch Lake present her new book, Harmony the Forgetful Hen and the Fox, and speak about her inspiration and writing process.

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“For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed reading and writing stories and my family have always encouraged and supported me, although it sometimes drives Mum (Wendy Townsend, right) mad because there’s paper everywhere,” she said at the launch.

“I love reading because it transports me to another world filled with magic and I can become part of the story.

“I travel from the real world to the make believe.

“That’s why I like being a role model for others and encouraging children to read and write, because it has opened up the world for me.”

Lake will be taking her new book on a short tour around regional Australia to inspire other children to develop a love for reading.

“Since the publication of the first book I have travelled around the outback, visiting small schools and remote communities, sharing my story with the children,” she said.

“I sat down talking to the children who didn’t want me to leave.

“I am looking forward to another tour, this time to schools in the Pilbara.”

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