Logan Author Karen Tyrrell Launches 13th Book

Where does you inspiration come from?

Inspiration can come from anywhere; in particular a person’s environment. This is particularly true for local authors and lovers of nature, Karen Tyrrell and her husband Steve; who chose to live and raise their children in Logan since moving from Sydney in 1989; first in Daisy Hill and now in Shailer Park, due to the abundance of surrounding bushland.

Originally from a teaching background, Karen experienced bullying in her workplace which severally affected her mental health; resulting in her being taken ill and admitted to hospital.

This is what inspired her first book, ‘Me and Her’ which is about her struggle with her own mental health, her experience with bullying as a teacher and her road to recovery.

“Initially, I was writing and teaching at the same time, however it was too much and something had to give. So, I decided to give teaching a rest,” remarked Karen.

Since then, Karen has gone on to write 13 books; co-writing several with her husband, Steve; including the popular Song Bird eco series and ‘Ready Set Discover Logan’.

‘Ready Set Discover Logan’! is an inspiring guide for children and families to explore the City of Logan. It promotes pride, awareness and recognition of Logan City. It follows the adventures of Yana, a young refugee and Bunji, an Aboriginal boy, who explore the best places for kids to explore and play. Places include Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Berrimba Wetlands and Underwood Park. The audience is brought along with Yana as she discovers Logan for the first time.

Karen met with local aboriginal elder, Uncle Barry to ensure the aboriginal content in ‘Ready Set Discover Logan’ and her kid’s novel ‘Song Bird Rainforest Rescue’ was ‘right’. ‘Rainforest Rescue’ was shortlisted for Speech Pathology children’s book of the year.

When COVID struck, authors like Karen were badly affected.

“A lot of people don’t realise how COVID affected authors – they rely on school visits. It’s a large part of their income,” remarked Karen.

However, things are looking up for Karen and Steve, who recently released the fifth book in the Song Bird eco series ‘Song Bird Drought Rescue’. Sir David Attenborough sent them a letter of congratulations. In addition, they used COVID to research and write several books which they are now in the process of publishing.

Karen and Steve visit schools to present author talks and reader’s theatre in costume. For more information about Karen and Steve Tyrrell and their upcoming projects, head to their website http://www.karentyrrell.com/

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