Bunbury author Graham Houghton celebrates Book Week 2019

High achiever: Bunbury's Graham Houghton has released his third book, Fussbum Goes Fishing: A Story of Caring for Our Environment. Photo: Thomas Munday.
High achiever: Bunbury's Graham Houghton has released his third book, Fussbum Goes Fishing: A Story of Caring for Our Environment. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Bunbury resident Graham Houghton has spent a considerable amount of time and energy turning his dream into a reality.

Mr Houghton first became inspired to write children's stories back in 2013.

"Whenever I read to my grandchildren, I used to change the wording. If you're going to read to boys, you've got to give them a 'hook'," he said.

"My daughter then asked: 'why don't you write some books?'."

Soon after the release of Fussbum Goes on a Bike Ride in 2015, Mr Houghton began crafting the second instalment.

His follow-up, Fussbum Goes to the Beach, established him as one of Bunbury and the South-West's most creative authors.

Mr Houghton released his third book, Fussbum Goes Fishing: A Story of Caring for Our Environment, last month, just in time for Book Week.

All three books contain positive messages about the world around us.

South Australian illustrator Laila Savolainen and Pickawoowoo Publishing Group have greatly assisted Mr Houghton, along the way.

He thanked Ms Savolainen and the publishers for their support.

"I used to distribute my books through booksellers. Nowadays, I sell all of them through word-of-mouth," he said.

"The manuscripts are edited by the team at Pickawoowoo Publishing Group. They do a tremendous job.

"Illustrators like Laila are critical to the production of good kids books."

Held from August 17 to 23, Book Week saw community members embrace this year's theme - Reading is My Secret Power.

Mr Houghton is calling upon residents of all ages to get stuck into reading and writing.

"Many community members have the ability to tell a story," he said.

"With every person that dies, a brick is lost out of the wall of history.

"Everyone should be encouraged to write something down, even if it's their own life story.

"Don't be frightened - get out there and give it a go."

Mr Houghton is currently working on the fourth instalment in the Fussbum series, based around farming and agriculture.