A Cat Called Trim Book Launch – The Little Bookroom – 31 March, 2019

On Sunday morning A Cat Called Trim, published by Allen and Unwin, illustrated by Craig Smith and written by me, was launched at The Little Bookroom in Melbourne.

While I truly believe that every book is special and should be celebrated, I’ve had a few launches now and it’s always difficult sending out the invitations – colleagues , friends and relatives can only attend so many book launches. Thank you all for coming along and for those who sent lovely messages.


The celebration of A Cat Called Trim was a wonderful one, a lovely mixture of family, friends, fellow authors, illustrators, librarians and publishers. Leesa Lambert welcomed everyone to The Little Bookroom in her usual warm and professional way and introduced publisher, Erica Wagner to launch the book. Erica delivered a heartwarming speech giving some background on how the book came to be with some history as well. She also read a thoughtful message from illustrator, Craig Smith who was unable to be there (a bit too far to travel from Darwin) and I had a few moments of having to hold back my tears at the touching words.

The following is what Leesa, from The Little Bookroom posted on social media. It doesn’t get much better than this.

And yes, there was cake!

A jar full of black cats . . .

this lovely and important message from a librarian –

Thank you so much for inviting us to your beautiful launch of ‘A Cat Called Trim’ this morning.

How lucky we are to have authors and illustrators who are willing to do the genuine and authentic research which engages our little learners in history.

As I continue to support literacy in our schools I know that this is one of the most important areas for our students to engage in, and we so need more stories! Thank you for giving our kids access to history as personal narratives, these storylines are truly what builds roadmaps for their future, empathy for others, and an understanding of the world in which they live! Keep up the amazing work Corinne and team.

I loved A Cat Called Trim and will read it to all my Year 1s and 2s this week before they head off on holidays. I wonder if they might see a black cat on the holidays….

and lots of information about the statues of Trim and Matthew Flinders.


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  1. Bernadette Joiner Another fabulous book Corinne! I have copies for sale in the Dromkeen bookshop and really look forward to sharing it with young readers. There’s so much to learn and enjoy within every lovely page.
    April 4, 2019 at 8:45 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Bernadette. I do hope the young readers enjoy it.
      April 5, 2019 at 7:34 am · Reply
  2. Chris Bell It was a fabulous launch for a fabulous book! Such a wonderful story, beautifully told. The illustrations are superb and the book itself one to treasure. I can't wait to read it to my grandchildren.
    April 18, 2019 at 11:46 am · Reply

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