4 November 2022

Author blown away by kids' enthusiasm for wind turbine adventure book

| Katrina Condie
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Schoolchildren are learning about wind farms and renewable energy through the pages of a new adventure book. Photo: CWP Renewables.

Budding young artists have had their drawings published in a new children’s adventure book inspired by the new Bango Wind Farm near Boorowa.

After penning her first book, Tuppence The Orphan Turbine, author Lyn Diskon provided chapters to children from six local schools and invited them to illustrate the story.

Lyn said the kids loved the adventures of Tuppence and her friends, and were keen to be involved, with all 110 drawings included in the finished book.

“I’m quite stunned by how much the children from the schools liked the story, and I’m really chuffed with the final result,” she said.

Lyn is the community engagement officer at CWP Renewables and Bango Wind Farm and said the tale about a young wind turbine named Tuppence, three kids, their pet dog and bird, would capture the imagination of readers, as well as provide an insight into how wind turbines work.

“It’s a fun story about wind farms and renewable energy and, through the adventures, kids can learn what can be achieved if they work together,” she said.

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“I wanted to write the book to enhance children’s reading and comprehension, as well as encouraging them to think and problem solve.”

Students from Boorowa Central School, Rye Park Public School, St Joseph’s Catholic School, Berinba Public School, Bowning Public School and Mt Carmel Catholic School will have their artwork on display at the book launch at midday on Tuesday 8 November at the Boorowa Recreation Club auditorium.

Lyn said she was excited about the book launch and seeing the original artworks on display.

“Once the illustrations were completed and collected, we placed them into the story, and that is when Tuppence really came to life,” she said.

Lyn Diskon

A new book, Tuppence The Orphan Turbine was written by Lyn Diskon and illustrated by local school students. Photos: CWP Renewables.

“We are so pleased to have the wonderful artwork of the students on display and to now donate copies of the book to the schools for P and C fundraising.”

Boorowa Central School Assistant Principal Jason Stuart said students in years four and five had a fantastic time designing and creating illustrations for the book last year.

“We are all very much looking forward to the book launch and seeing our creativity come to life in the pages of the book,” he said.

“This may light a spark in some of our keen writers to pursue writing or illustration further in the coming years.

“Small communities are all about collaboration, and it’s great to have been involved with other schools in the area also.”

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CWP Renewables CEO Jason Willoughby congratulated the students and Lyn for creating such a well-crafted adventure book.

“Thanks to Lyn’s immense community spirit and the creativity of local students, we’re so pleased to celebrate the launch of Tuppence The Orphan Turbine,” he said.

“Perhaps it will inspire a few students to continue to explore the magic of reading and art, or even a career in renewable energy.”

Lyn is a grandmother and has been involved in dozens of community organisations in the region over the years.

She said, during COVID-19 lockdowns, a friend wrote a short story about wind turbines which, in turn, compelled her to put pen to paper.

She said the adventure is similar in style to the Famous Five series that was popular in the 70s and 80s.

The book launch and art exhibition will include a book reading by students and afternoon tea, and copies of the book will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the local schools.

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