FOR CHILDREN: Joan Derrick received an RADF grant for her book series.
FOR CHILDREN: Joan Derrick received an RADF grant for her book series. Jack Lawrie

Joan's book for kids gets grant

WITH her first children's book, Joshua and Stranger Danger, well on the way, funding for Joan Derrick's Development of the Spiritual Heritage for Children' series came at a good time.

Joan was one of a number of applicants successful in the first round of Regional Arts Development Fund grants as part of a partnership between North Burnett Regional Council and Arts Queensland.

"My mission in delivering this project is, along with parents, teachers and carers, to empower children to live to their highest potential,” Joan said.

"I've decided to dedicate the profit to the empowerment of children.”

Joan wants to work with schools, P&C groups and other child-support groups to promote the book for the development of young children.

Meanwhile, the money from the grant will go towards continuity, such as by allowing her to reuse the illustrator for the next

book.

Monto Councillor Paul Lobegeier said the RADF grants allows regional artists like Joan to pursue their ideas.

"The old cry was if you live too far from the city, you wouldn't get the chance to become an artist,” Cr Lobegeier said.


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