CQCM alum's children’s book is music to the ears

Published:14 February 2020

CQ Conservatorium of Music alumnus Matthew Barker has written a children's book about his family's caravanning exploits.

Matthew Barker has found a new rhythm in life by translating his passions for music, caravanning and his family into a successful children’s book.

The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) alumnus had been travelling with his wife and three children around Australia, playing gigs, experiencing the sights and sharing his exploits on social media for two years when the idea for a children’s book came to him.

“We had a blog and a Facebook page – Home is With You – which we used as a record of our trip and to keep in touch with family and friends,” he said.

“People were interacting with us online – they were sort of jealous that we were travelling while they worked nine-to-five.

“But then they’d interact when things went wrong on the trip and I wanted to use that in my music, but I just couldn’t find the right vibe, so I decided to turn it into a children’s book.”

Matthew’s experience as a songwriter helped him pen the script for the book – My Parents Bought a Caravan – which highlights their travel experiences from the perspective of his son, Harrison.

The book, which is illustrated by Toowoomba artist, Hannah Kraschnefski, was released in January this year and has already garnered interest from Caravan outlets and websites.

Matthew said since completing his Bachelor of Music at the CQCM in Mackay in 2002 he has flourished as a musician, but he’s now looking for a change.

“I’ll always keep performing, but I am looking to move away from music into Primary Education,” he said.

“I will be starting a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the Bundaberg campus this year and I can’t wait to be able to work in a classroom.”

Matthew’s book, My Parents Bought a Caravan can be purchased from his website