Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library continues to inspire lifelong learning and a love of reading through innovative programmes that celebrate text and promote literacy, particularly amongst boys. Discussing books at breakfast is just one way the School promotes literacy.
This week, as part of the 10-day Trinity Arts Festival, Trinity boys and their families enjoyed croissants and crime for breakfast at the Library’s second books@breakfast event, designed to provide students and their parents the opportunity to meet accomplished authors, discuss books and enjoy a light breakfast all before the working day begins.
Yoni Bashan, an award-winning crime writer who works at News Corp Australia, was the latest featured author. His recently published book, The Squad is a gritty and compelling account of an elite police squad called Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS), set up following the Cronulla riots in 2005. The Squad follows a core group of MEOCS detectives on their journey into Sydney’s Middle Eastern organised crime fraternity and shares with readers the inner workings of their biggest investigations – the wired-up informants, the undercover agents, the ingenious tactics and electrifying near-misses.
The group of brave and formidable detectives included Andrew Mitchell and Dave Roberts, who joined Yoni at the books@breakfast event. These two detectives often working as a duo, were dubbed “The Breaker Brothers” by their peers for their high-impact but fair style of policing. Yoni highlights Andrew and Dave’s bravery and tenacity in his book, and the fact that criminals both feared and respected them. During their time with the Police Force, Andrew and Dave received numerous commendations including bravery awards and the Commissioner’s citations for their work.
Clearly riveted by the presentation, the hushed silence was broken only by gasps from audience members as they listened to first-hand accounts of the daily danger faced by detectives in dealing with “criminals who have no regard for human life.” Audience members revelled in this rare opportunity to listen to and meet the author of this enthralling book – even rarer was the opportunity to meet the central characters themselves and gain an insight to this world through conversation and audio and video footage.
“Policing of this nature is a hard and putrid job,” said Yoni, and Andrew and Dave were quick to concur, saying that while noble, the profession is not at all glamorous, unlike television drama portrayals.
Following the presentation, parents and students were given the opportunity to meet the author and detectives and purchase signed copies of the book.
Male authors act as role models and reinforce the idea that boys and reading are a great mix. With Australian literacy levels under the spotlight, Trinity aims to promote reading for education and enjoyment. Directory of Library Services, Stefanie Gaspari said “We have better readers when we have conversations about books, and the books@breakfast events are a great way to the get the conversation started!”
The next books@breakfast event is scheduled to take place at 7am Tuesday 31 October 2017.