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Dream come true for budding author

THE dream of becoming an author has turned into a reality for inspiring Hobart resident Caroline Cochrane.

With the support of the community and local not-for-profit organisations including The Story Island Project and Colony 47, Ms Cochrane’s first book, “A Changed and Uplifted Life”, was launched in Hobart on 6 July.

The memoir documents Ms Cochrane’s life journey, her love of singing with the Choir of High Hopes and volunteering with various Tasmanian charities.

It also explores the values of friendship, community and hope.

Ms Cochrane said it was hard to find the words to express her appreciation for the support that so many people had given her in producing this book.

“I only hope that readers will be inspired by this book and if they are going through similar battles to me they will understand that they are not alone,” she said.

Ms Cochrane said she was grateful to Colony 47, which auspiced Story Island to assist her in writing the book.

“This support has not only enabled me to learn about publishing a book, but has also assisted me with my future plans,” she said.

“Story Island has been a great help to me.”

The Story Island Project is a not-for-profit organisation that uses creative storytelling to engage and connect individuals and communities in Hobart.

Co-founder Emily Bullock worked with Ms Cochrane for more than five months to bring her book to life.

“We believe that storytelling is at the heart of literacy and literacy helps build strong communities,” Ms Bullock said.

“We are proud to have been part of Caroline’s journey and very proud of the finished book.”

The book launch was officiated by former first lady Frances Underwood at a special Festival of Voices event and Choir of High Hopes performance.

A Changed and Uplifted Life was funded by a range of organisations and individuals with major contributors including the Hobart City Council, Rotary Club of Sandy Bay, Tony Brakel, Ainstie Wagner, Andrew Wilkie MP and Vanessa Goodwin MLC.

Ms Cochrane has named Choir of High Hopes, Colony 47 and Australian Tinnitus Association as the three financial beneficiaries of the book, with 100 per cent of proceeds from the sale of the book to be donated.

The book is available to purchase via www.colony47.com.au/shop/ and from selected bookstores in Hobart.

For more information about The Story Island Project go to www.storyislandproject.org

Caption: The Story Island Project co-founder Emily Bullock, left, and Caroline Cochrane, at the launch of Ms Cochrane’s new book, “A Changed and Uplifted Life”.

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