My Grandad Stories - four stories for children

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You are welcome to download My Grandad stories to read to your own children (or grandchildren).

The four My Grandad stories reveal a warm and witty relationship between a grandchild and his/her grandfather. The stories are realistic but whimsical, with elements of irony, mystery and unclear resolutions that encourage discussion and repeat readings.  The stories are in the grandchild’s voice, so there’s a respect for the child’s own views (and secrets).

My Grandad stories are suitable for reading aloud to pre-schoolers - and they’re at a level that could be read unassisted by many 6 to 8 year olds. 

Apart from Who Pinched Grandad’s Goosegogs, there are no pictures in the stories. Maybe your children could draw pictures to go with the stories? Send them to me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Blowing Grandads Own Trumpet  (1050 words)

My Grandad likes to Fix things. He says it’s better than throwing things away and buying more new stuff. He says: “I don’t want to Blow My Own Trumpet, but there’s too much waste in this world …”      

Grandad’s Shop and My Great Eyes   (870 words)

My Grandad has a shop in town. When he needs more stuff to sell we go to Garage Sales. He lets me choose something to buy. Grandad says I have a Great Eye. I tell him I have two Great Eyes and he laughs and says: "Even better then! We'll double the price …"    

Trouble with Dandy Lions   (1150 words)

Every day, I phone Grandad to see how is. He tells me what he's doing, and I tell him what I'm doing. One day Grandad said he'd been getting rid of Those Blasted Dandy Lions …                                     

Who Pinched Grandad’s Goosegogs? WITH PICTURES  (2220 words)

Gooseberries were Grandad’s favourite fruit – he called them goosegogs. One day there were 16 fruit on Grandad’s goosegog tree – and the next day there was only one. Who stole all those goosegogs? Maybe it was one of the animals in Grandad’s garden.

Who Pinched Grandad’s Goosegogs? NO PICTURES  (2220 words)

 All My Grandad stories © Bill Lennox 2016. Published only on www.billlennox.net.nz and available for download without charge. Do not reproduce the stories in any form or use in a public forum without permission from the author. I welcome your feedback at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

From the NT

In June 2016 I wrapped up my work in Australia's Northern Territory with a talk at the NT Archives Centre. 

In Gabarlgu Kaparlgoo Kapalga - South Alligator people, three ways I drew together my eight years of research – the story of my grandfather Andrew Lennox; the history of Kapalga billabong, where he set up his mission; and the story of the Minitja family who now live on their traditional country at Kapalga.

The script for my talk is now available on the NTAC website.

Travel writing

In the last few years I've been writing travel stories. I'm not sure why - maybe it's just that when you experience something amazing it's good to share it.

Most of my travel stories have been for the NZ Listener:

·         Following the publication of my book After Andrew I wrote about genuine indigenous travel experiences (pretty rare unfortunately), including with my mate Victor Cooper at Ayal Aboriginal Tours: Kakadu National Park (2011)

·         Hair in Asia (2012) was about getting hair and beard cuts in Asia, culminating in a unique experience in Udaipur, India.

·         Three years later I revisited our friends in Udaipur for another haircut (and a number of lunches and a few whiskies): Udaipur, India (2016).

·         Travellers’ checklist (2015) is a whimsical look at how your Asian holiday will inevitably turn out.

·         Back home, I wrote about ‘infrastructure tourism’ – planning your NZ itinerary round our amazing engineering:  Damned impressive (2014)

In NZ Today magazine:

·         Coast-to-coast-to-coast (2014) is about a Central North Island Road trip.

·         A Return to the West Coast (2011) recalls family journeys in a Bradford sixty years ago.

 

In AA Directions MagazineWelcome Home (2014) looks at our country through tourists' eyes - thanks to AAT Kings.

 After Andrew

Adelaide to Kakadu and Darwin on the trail of an 1899 bush cyclist and missionary 

My travel book - After Andrew - Two Kiwis cross Australia  is based on the diaries of my grandfather, Andrew Lennox, and my trip across Australia following his trail. This publication has led to a number of other projects centred in Kakadu National Park River in Australia's Northern Territory.

For copies, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it NZ$10.00 Free delivery in NZ. 

"an engaging and discursive account" - Adelaide Advertiser 

"witty and engaging … a cultural exploration of Australian communities as experienced in the year 1899 and then again 109 years later … Bill relays both his journey and his grandfather’s with energy and ease” - New Zealand Memories magazine 

"it's incredibly well written - it's funny, it's very perceptive" - broadcaster Marcus Lush on Radio Live  

Andrew Lennox - missionary and bush cyclist

I have now published Andrew Lennox's memoir, with my notes and commentary. Limited copies of the print version (including archival photographs) are available. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  . $10 (postage included in NZ and Australia)

Writing about the Far North

As a result of looking into my grandfather's work in the NT, I've been immersed in two further projects:

·         I've researched the story of the indigenous family who now live on the country where Andrew had his mission. In June 2016 I completed Way-Iji - The Minitja People of Kapalga. Way-Iji is the story of how one indigenous family stuck together through invasion of their country and threats to their culture and returned to the country of their ancestors.

·         Later this year I'll publish Gabarlgu Kaparlgoo Kapalga – the story of a Kakadu billabong. This work was partially funded by a 2009 Northern Territory Government History Grant.

Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for copies of these two papers.