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Eric the Sheep brings inspiration to Bourke kids

Author Kane Horan holding his new book, with Relieving Principal of Bourke Public School, Margaret Poole, and P&C President Lisa Rankmore. The students from l-r are Elliot Rose, Shaquisha Monaghan-Niki, Isobel Parnaby, Wally Parker, Lilah Smith and Logan McDonald. Photo TWH

Bourke Public School students had the opportunity to meet a real-life children’s author last week - and get a dose of inspiration and a personal copy of his book.

First time author Kane Horan penned a delightful rhyming children’s book, “Where the Bleep is Eric the Sheep” based on the antics of his pet lamb on his farm in Bathurst.

The message behind the story is about family and belonging.

Kane came to be reading his work to the eager students at Bourke Public, thanks to the enthusiasm of some work colleagues and support teacher Lisa Rankmore.

As well as his new-found talent as a children’s author, Kane is also a nurse and midwife who travels to Bourke from Bathurst every month to work at Bourke Hospital.

“I love Bourke so much, I want people to come out here and I want people to do well,” Kane said.

“I’ve been working in Bourke on and off since 2017 and at the moment, because they are so short staffed at the hospital I asked if it would it be ok to do one week every month and that way, they know they can fill the roster.

“One of my friends said I should bring some of the books out to Bourke to give to the locals and everyone showed interest in buying them.

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