My first day at school meredith costain & michelle mackintosh meredith costain’s latest picture book, a verse picture book illustrated by michelle mackintosh was launched on sunday at the storyarts festival in marburg. As sometimes happens in the publishing industry the actual books themselves were still making their way to australia and didn’t make it in time for the launch. But book plates were available and everyone rushed to the bookshop to order their copies. As a part of the celebration, the four main characters of my first day at school, zach, amira, zoe and ari and their teacher mrs mellor were voiced and performed by the talented (and very patient) students of tivoli state school. They performed various scenes/ verses from the book accompanied by props and music. My favourite was the part where a student desperately needs to go to the toilet, his expression was hilarious. Meredith was thrilled to see her story come alive and very impressed with the students’ acting abilities and efforts. Meredith presented them with one of her books.