10 February 2012
Book coup for PhD candidate
A PhD candidate has scored an early coup by having a book published by uTales.
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Betty Sargeant's picture book, Wayne Boris Carlo, is about a turtle called Wayne.
He is not an ordinary turtle. He loves sport. He enjoys fine food. He finds adventure in travel. All he needs is a friend. Wayne Boris Carlo is a story of courage, of belonging and of being true to yourself.
"This is not just a book for children, it's for anyone who likes visual literature," Ms Sargeant said.
"It's very exciting to be involved with uTales as it is forging a new approach to digital publishing."
Ms Sargeant is a creative writing candidate at RMIT University and a finalist from the College of Design and Social Context in the 2011 Three Minute Thesis Competition.
She is also a recipient of a Varuna Writer's House Second Book Fellowship. This writer's residency will take place this year and was awarded for Ms Sargeant to develop a new picture book.
"This award has been in existence for 20 years, but this is the first year that it has been open to writer-illustrators," she said.
During the Varuna residency she will be developing an interactive digital picture book. This piece will be the central aspect of her practice-based PhD project.
Wayne Boris Carlo can be previewed at uTales and is available as an eBook for iPad or iPhone.