New Bunbury book tells tales of celebrations gone wrong

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Bunbury Writers Group presented Bunbury MLA Don Punch with a copy of their latest book, Happy Disenchantment Day.
Camera IconBunbury Writers Group presented Bunbury MLA Don Punch with a copy of their latest book, Happy Disenchantment Day. Credit: Supplied

The Bunbury Writers Group has turned a tumultuous year into creative inspiration, recently releasing their second book of 2020.

Happy Disenchantment Day centres on popular celebrations that end in some form of disaster — an idea group chair Mark Townsend said spawned after the release of the group’s first publication of 2020, Pandemic Prose.

“Popular celebrations like Christmas and Easter was our initial theme, and then what we wanted was to put a twist on that,” Mr Townsend said.

“After Pandemic Prose we wanted another thing to focus on, so the writers group committee got together and that was what we came up with.

“Everyone’s story has got a bit of a twist — there’s a retelling of a Christmas story, some sinister stuff, a good mix.”

A weekend writing retreat saw the group get together to embrace creativity and put pen to paper to craft the collection of short stories, which capture the “turmoil, trouble and occasional terror of those hapless holidays that befall the unwary”.

Bunbury Writers Club chair Mark Townsend presenting Bunbury MLA Don Punch with their new book.
Camera IconBunbury Writers Club chair Mark Townsend presenting Bunbury MLA Don Punch with their new book. Credit: Supplied

The writers presented Bunbury MLA Don Punch with a signed copy of the book at the group’s recent AGM.

“Don was presented the book in recognition of his continuing support of culture and the arts in Bunbury,” Mr Townsend said.

Happy Disenchanment Day was published by Leschenault Press with help from a $1000 grant from the Bunbury City Council.

It is the third title to the group’s name, joining Death, Despair and Other Happy Endings and Pandemic Prose on the bookshelf.

Pandemic Prose, a limited-edition collection of COVID-19 related stories, was earlier this year accepted by the State Library as part of its COVID-19 collection and was presented by Mr Punch to Premier Mark McGowan as a “thank you” from the group for his leadership during the crisis.

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