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Local Stanthorpe business Kent Saddlery have launched a crowdfunding campaign this month, supporting the publication of Helen Kent’s book ‘Stories of Australian Country People’. The book catalogues a collection of Helen’s short stories, written when travelling to various cattle stations scattered around the western and northern regions of outback Australia.

Since establishing Kent Saddlery in 1988, Helen and her husband Lyle have visited hundreds of cattle stations with the Kent Saddlery travelling shop. Over the years the pair have met many inspirational characters living rich and diverse lifestyles, unique to regional Australia.

It wasn’t until 2007 that Helen decided to capture these moments in the annual Kent Saddlery Catalogue, spinning yarns about life in the outback. “I began to gather life stories and yarns from people,” says Helen. “A sizable collection accumulated and [a book] was suggested.”

Helen and Lyle hope to raise $29,000 for the publication of 1000 books, with A Betterway to Print. “I have launched the Pozible campaign with the dream of turning the stories, yarns and photos collected over the years into a beautiful coffee table book,” says Helen. Supporters can contribute to the campaign until noon, 12 December, on Pozible. To learn more about ‘Stories of Australian Country People’ you can watch Helen and Lyal discuss the publication further in this video.

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Words by Evie McDonough
Image provided by Kent Saddlery