Bee Book launch creates a buzz

THE community is abuzz with the launch of the Bee Book early last month.

For the past 18 months, Bee Literate-Tasmania has been working with children in Goodwood to produce a book about bees written by children, for children.

Bee Literate-Tasmania is a partnership between the Goodwood Community Centre, Beautiful Girls Honey, Tasmanian Junior Beekeepers and the Story Island Project.

The Bee Book is seeded as an idea to create a living legacy for Fred House – a long time Goodwood resident and beekeeper.

“We are really excited about this launch and the opportunities the published book opens up for the authors,” project coordinator Jenni McLeod said.

“The whole community has been involved in making this project real.

“It has life because the project has been an invitation for everyone to be a part of the story reflecting Fred’s love of bees through the next generation.

“We are also pleased to receive a grant from the Glenorchy Community Fund, which allows us to pay for the remaining publishing costs of the book so that 100 per cent of funds raised from the book’s sales can be driven straight back into bee friendly projects in the community.”

The project is wholly Tasmanian, with all the ideas, printing and publishing produced in the state.

“We have the capacity in Tasmania to imagine and create what we want to see reflected in our community and it is up to all of us to make this real,” Ms McLeod said.

The Bee Book has generated a lot of interstate and international interest with Simon Mulvany from ‘Save the Bees Australia’ and Ben Moor from ‘Ben’s Bees’ flying down especially for the book launch at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for Simon and Ben to see what we are doing in Tasmania to raise awareness about the importance of bees, particularly with the next generation,” Ms McLeod said.

“We encourage community members to get in touch with us so we can continue to create bee literate opportunities.”

Caption: Goodwood Community Centre manager Rachael French and children with Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer at the launch of the Bee Book.