Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Great Expedition is launched in style

On the weekend The Great Expedition, written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas, was launched in style by Kelly Dunham, the festival director of Voices on the Coast. Guests were treated to music, a little history and some fine storytelling.

Krissy and Fiona from Avid Reader were most hospitable hosts. Krissy presented Peter with a birthday cake insisting that we all sing Happy Birthday to The Great Expedition.

The Carnavas band opened the event with a rendition of Botany Bay on the accordion, ukulele and guitar.

Peter then worked his illustration magic. He informed us that his Google searches for Burke and Wills had shown them to be Don Burke and Prince William. With a good deal of skill Peter turned these two famous individuals into two other famous Australians – the Australian explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills. The Great Expedition is loosely based on the adventures of these two characters.

The Great Expedition is a humorous tale with an underlying Peter Carnavas message for kids, which makes every one of his books so special. We can’t tell you any more – you will have to read the book.


  1. Absolutely captivating book launch Sophia highlighting yet another delightful treasure for the bookshelf. Gypsee made me read it to her several times in the first sitting. And lovely to chat with you again also. Dimity Powell

  2. The Great Expedition is awesome: a fantastic mix of fun and adventure and Peter illustrations are adorable.
    The book launch was great: I didn't know Peter play the accordion! Very nice to meet you, Sophia, I wish you and Peter the best of luck for this book.