Niki Daly was in the city recently to present a paper entitled How to Travel Lightly with Sixty Years of Baggage at the ISASA (Independent Schools’ Associatio. Daly says this paper explored how the early influences of his life impacted upon his present work. Fortunately for local children, Daly made time to launch his latest children’s book, The Squeaky, Creaky Bed, at the Midlands Mall branch of Exclusive Books. Reading to a spellbound group in front of him, Daly displayed the child-like enthusiasm for story-telling that comes through in his books. Daly says that he listens to the rhythms of the text as he writes. He likes to know “how it sounds on my ear”. I asked him which comes first: the words or the pictures for a story.