kunanyi’s big literary adventure

LOCAL authors Ruth Oettle and Jessica Wright celebrate Tasmania’s hidden gems in their debut book, ‘The Mountain that Went for a Walk’.

Inspired by Ruth’s childhood family discussions about the mountain’s whereabouts on foggy days, the book sees kunanyi “pick up its skirts” and go on a journey – tasting cheese in Burnie, going fishing in Bronte Park, enjoying cups of tea with Mount Nelson, and embarking on other adventures across the state.

“I grew up in Dynnyrne and for myself and fellow Hobartians the mountain plays a very big part in everyday life,” Ruth said.

“Tasmania holds a very special place in my heart and being able to rediscover areas that are quintessentially Tasmania through the eyes of a walking mountain has been so much fun.”

Designed to charm adults and children alike, the book features sophisticated humour and a story to which all ages can relate.

“We have intentionally made the book black and white to give our readers even more scope for imagination,” Jessica said.

“When we ask school kids to colour in the mountain we see all kinds of beautiful colours and combinations.”

Ruth and Jessica said Tasmanian children have loved engaging with the story and all the places mentioned.

“We were at Kingston Primary and when Kingston Beach featured the excitement from every child was just magical,” Jessica said.

“With every new page at least one child has a connection to the place, and we think that is pretty special.”

‘The Mountain that Went for a Walk’ is available now from most Tasmanian bookshops.

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