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Joe the Fisherman and Papa the Stock Farmer come to The GALE Centre! 16th November 2013

There was much excitement at The GALE Centre on Saturday December 6th as local author Mairi McLellan launched her new series of children's books, educating about the workplace. A large audience heard Mairi talk about her inspiration for the books. The idea is to teach children about jobs, stimulate their thinking about what they might do whe they are older and give them an awareness of the world around them. There was tremendous feedback from children and adults alike. Two beautiful cakes shaped like the books were baked by Lisa Garrioch especially for the occasion and were enjoyed by all who attended. Mairi's books are not officially published until February 2014, but they are available from The GALE Centre at preview prices and also online from the publisher.

'The launch was everything I had hoped for' said Mairi, 'attendance was good and the feedback has been amazing, especially after the launch as people have had a chance to read the books. What is really interesting is the feedback from the adults who tell me how how much they have learnt about each job! Personally, I have learnt a great deal from writing them, and am thoroughly enjoying creating the series'

Mairi has seven books in the pipeline, and hopes to have 5-6 completed by the end of 2014.

More information can be found on her website,

Joe the Fisherman and Papa the Stock Farmer come to The GALE Centre!

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