Gold Coast mum and GP debuts children’s book, illustrated by award winning hinterland child artists

“A young girl wakes on a Gold Coast beach with no recollection of who she is…”

The scene is set for the debut literary offering from Gold Coast author, Dr Natasha Yates, illustrated by two talented hinterland artists, Matika and Katura Halleday (aged 12 and 14). The children’s book is to be released on 30 May, at a launch event at Burleigh.

The story is a fictional tale of Rina who urgently needs to find out who she is, but cannot remember anything about her life before waking on the beach. She is not sure whom to trust, but she follows the instructions of a stranger whom she somehow feels is a friend. But is she right to trust them? Will she ever make it home? Themes of co-operation, friendship, community, and caring for the sea are woven through this book which will delight readers aged 7-11 years of age.

Dr Yates, who shares her time amongst being a GP, teaching at Bond University and the busy life of a mother of four, was excited about the launch.

“This is my first children’s book, and it has been really fun working with the talented young Halleday sisters to bring this to life. We are all passionate about educating and empowering children both locally and overseas, so we hope the book is well received.”

Matika and Katura have been recognised locally and internationally for their art and Katura will be showcasing work in New York at an exhibition later this year.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to local charity Mission Educate, who have been working for almost two decades to support education of children in Beira, Mozambique.

The book will be available for purchase following its launch on 30 May, but you can pre-order now. To find out more you can visit or email

IMAGE (c) Emma Hines

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