Come along and hear Kirsty talk about her book 'Himalayan Dreams: The Story of Som Tamang'

Maybe Kirsty's name is familiar to you? Kirsty lived in Mparntwe /Alice Springs from 1999-2001 and again from 2003-2010 working as an ABC News and Current Affairs reporter with ABC Alice Springs and also IAD and CDU

'Himalayan Dreams: The Story of Som Tamang' is the remarkable story of how a child slave moved mountains to save a generation in Nepal. Som's life is a testament to the incredible strength of the human spirit, the enduring power of hope, and a singular purpose - to protect girls in Nepal from trafficking and child marriage. Be inspired by Som's journey as he overcomes extreme poverty, child slavery, a tiger attack, a critical head injury, civil war, and deadly earthquakes to carve out a brighter future for generations to come through education, and employment in the Himalayan trekking industry.

In Kirsty's own words:

"I first interviewed Som for ABC News in 2015, following the deadly Nepal earthquake on Anzac Day. Som also lives in Cairns, and runs humanitarian organisation Friends of Himalayan Children, female-focused trekking company Take on Nepal, and the fair trade shop Himalayan Dreams. I was struck by his sense of calm, compassion for his community and later, his story. I decided to write Som's biography after volunteering for a month as a journalism teacher in his village, Batase, 18 months after the school and his childrens' hostel were destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes. I could see the difference Som's work was making in the lives of these rural Nepalese children and I felt compelled to share it with the world."

"In Himalayan Dreams: The Story of Som Tamang, you'll also read a little of my own story, those of other volunteers, and the stories of several young women whose lives have been set on a new and positive path through Som's intervention. I hope by reading this book, you are inspired to visit Nepal and support Som's humanitarian work in Batase."

Facebook event page

Event Info

Date and time

Saturday 24 February 2024
2.30pm - 3.30pm


Red Kangaroo Books

45 Tood Mall, Mparntwe

Get directions