A Teaspoon of Light


Written by Peter O’Connor
Illustrated by Nisaluk Chantanakom

A story about making and saving loving memories.

Marley’s dream cloth reminds her of the people she loves, and of safe and happy times. When times get tough and the cloth rips in two, those memories begin to slide away. Marley must make new loving memories before she can bring back the old ones and begin to imagine the future anew.

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Dirt Lane Press an imprint of WestWords Ltd

PROFESSOR PETER O’CONNOR is Director of the Centre for
Arts and Social Transformation at Auckland University, New Zealand. His work focuses on how the arts can help create more socially just and equitable worlds. An internationally recognised expert, Professor O’Connor has made theatre
in prisons, psychiatric hospitals, earthquake zones and with the homeless. He is the author of several academic books
but admits that writing a picture book is the hardest piece of writing he’s ever done. A Teaspoon of Light was inspired by his work with children after major earthquakes in Christchurch and Mexico City.

Nisaluk Chantanakom is a Thai-born Australian artist and illustrator. Nis has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Painting) from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a landscape painter as well as a web and graphic designer. Nis has now turned her skills to picture-book illustration, and A Teaspoon of Light is her first book.


PUB DATE: May 2024
RRP: $26.95AUD
ISBN: 978-1-923044-21-0
FORMAT: 32-page hardback picture book
TRIM: 280 x 210 mm (tbc)
FOREIGN RIGHTS: World excluding ANZ


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