Local mum, environmental scientist and artist Elise Asquith has brought her many talents together once again to illustrate, write and publish another beautiful book, this time with the title Our City Newcastle.
Readers may recall a story in 2018 on one of Elise’s previous titles a children’s picture book, A Visit to Blackbutt Reserve.
Elise, from North Lambton, says the watercolour illustrations that went in to Our City Newcastle were created gradually over an 18 month period whilst being a full time mum to four year old Owen and 21 month old Lucy.
“Painting is a hobby. I find it peaceful, and it serves as a creative outlet for me.” Elise told The Local.
“The illustrations all have a personal significance to me. They reflect experiences I’ve had with my kids including many visits to Blackbutt Reserve, playing at our local Lambton Park, beach mornings at Merewether Ocean Baths and pram running along Fernleigh Track.”
“Creating illustrations of our city’s famous landmarks and publishing them provides a way of sharing with fellow Novocastrians and visitors alike the beauty of our city and why it is such a wonderful place to live.” Elise added.
The illustrations in Our City Newcastle include Newcastle’s ANZAC Memorial Walk, aerial views of the coastline, harbour and Nobby’s as well as Glenrock Lagoon.
Our City Newcastle is available for purchase at $12.95 from Lambton Nextra Newsagent in Elder St, Newcastle Visitor’s Information Centre at Hunter Street Civic, Harry Hartog Bookseller at Westfield Kotara, Dymocks at Charlestown Square, MacLean’s Booksellers at Hamilton or at www.budgiebooks.com
The Local has a copy of Our City Newcastle to give away to one lucky reader. To be in the draw just email your name to Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org then like Budgie Books on Facebook or follow on Instagram by Monday 12 April.