What does one do in finding unusual, special Christmas presents for small grandchildren? Write a storybook of course! Former politician now local council Alderman, Mick Palmer proudly now holds a new mantle of published author.

Local artist Marnie Jay showcased her brilliant talent in illustrating the story of Hurtle the Turtle, and it was our pleasure to bring it all together in print, digital plus some quirky social media posts.

The story regales a serious conversation the author once had with his eldest granddaughter, who was all of two years of age at the time. With heartfelt sincerity, she asked her Pop why he was so round across his tummy. Pop convincingly informed her that some years before he’d swallowed a baby turtle whilst swimming and it had now grown quite large because of all the jellyfish he ate. Seemingly well satisfied with such a logical explanation, the young granddaughter took it upon herself with great authority, to explain this fact to everyone else.

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Instagram post 17878260439376330 Splish splash I was having a laugh!  We brought little Hurtle to life for this Facebook post to share his story and promote the book launch.
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Splish splash I was having a laugh! We brought little Hurtle to life for this Facebook post to share his story and promote the book launch.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories
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Instagram post 17892959134357453 Mick Palmer is an Alderman on the Darwin City Council, a former Member of the NT Legislative Assembly and Minister in the NT Government. 
He has long written nonsense verse as a source of self amusement, unfortunately much of which is not fit for publication. 
The writing of Hurtle the Turtle came about through exasperation at not being able to find unusual or special Christmas presents for his grandkids.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories

Mick Palmer is an Alderman on the Darwin City Council, a former Member of the NT Legislative Assembly and Minister in the NT Government.
He has long written nonsense verse as a source of self amusement, unfortunately much of which is not fit for publication.
The writing of Hurtle the Turtle came about through exasperation at not being able to find unusual or special Christmas presents for his grandkids.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories
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Instagram post 17871906904405160 The power of storytelling was vividly evident at the official book launch of Hurtle the Turtle. Both the author and illustrator (a big thank you to Marnie Jay for hosting the event) were kept busy inscribing messages in each book sold to Hurtle’s growing fan base.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories

The power of storytelling was vividly evident at the official book launch of Hurtle the Turtle. Both the author and illustrator (a big thank you to Marnie Jay for hosting the event) were kept busy inscribing messages in each book sold to Hurtle’s growing fan base.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories
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Instagram post 18013769197215081 Generating publicity for Hurtle the Turtle was visually aided by simple social media animations that made a big splash across new audiences.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories

Generating publicity for Hurtle the Turtle was visually aided by simple social media animations that made a big splash across new audiences.
#firstclasscomms_hurtle
#brandstories
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