A surreal fairy tale is what it felt like to see my story 'A Starry Christmas' launched this Friday night.
The story goes for 7 minutes and is animated and displayed via a spectacular light show on City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane. The story is displayed every 15 minutes from 7.30pm to midnight every night until Christmas Eve.
This is the second year that Brisbane City Council has commissioned a local author to write a story for their Christmas light display. The project is sponsored by Gold Lotto.
The story was animated by the talented team at The Electric Canvas. (I will follow up with a story on the animation process soon.)
The launch on Friday was followed by a Channel Nine story on Saturday Night as part of their special on 'Christmas in Brisbane'.
'A Starry Christmas' is an adventure quest to save Christmas. It features a lonely child named Jeremy, a Christmas fairy, two cheeky elves, Captain Gingerbread, a marshmallow paddle steamer and more. The story is set around many recognisable Brisbane landmarks and finished on King George Square, incorporating the newly designed Christmas tree and star.
You can watch the full animated story below!
Seeing a crowd of people gathered at King George Square in front of me waiting for the story start while I chatted on stage with MC Courtney Thorpe about writing was a fantastic highlight of the night.
We also visited the Enchanted Gardens and we can't wait to see the Christmas Parade! Brisbane City Council has many more excellent Christmas events on this year!
I was fortunate to have my family, lovely friends and their children as well as close writing friends to share the event with.
It made for a magical evening!
And below is the Channel Nine report on the story and the animation.
I'd like to thank Brisbane City Council and Gold Lotto for giving me this wonderful opportunity!
Children's Writer and Illustrator