|Submitter:||Jan Geralt Bij de Vaate|
|Description:|| In 2014 ASTRON commissioned Het logboek, a youth novel by Anke den Duyn. Het Logboek intertwines adventures around the Dwingeloo telescope with Dutch radio astronomy history, science and even a bit of engineering and links to the SKA sites in South Africa and Western Australia. |
Prof. Peter Hall from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, recognized the potential of Het logboek for Australian kids and commissioned a translation of the book into English. In its translation the title changes to The Journal. An Australian of Dutch descent, Kim van Lent, and Anke had a great time converting the Dutch story into Australian-English.
The release of The Journal coincided, not accidentally, with the state visit of Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, to Australia in November. This was a great opportunity to present the Royal couple with three copies of the book, one for each of the Dutch princesses Amalia, Alexia and Ariane. A chance for them to enjoy exciting adventures around the Dwingeloo telescope and to catch up with the role their great-grandmother Queen Juliana played in ASTRONs glorious past.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Deborah Terry presented the books to the Royal couple.
p.s. The Australian-English Journal is a good read but of course a copy of the Dutch Logboek was included in the package...