OUR local pollies have been by the banks of the Mighty Clarence en masse reading extracts from their favourite childhood books to school pupils this week.
While local member Chris Gulaptis saw sense and decided Catch 22 possibly wasn't the best choice for the captive audience, he may have also rued his decision to read a tale about a ventriloquist rooster.
Explaining to the children what a ventriloquist was, he compared it to watching himself perform in Parliament.
Politics aside, Readings by the River is in its final day today and invited members of the community will sit with students and staff from the Grafton Community of Schools to hear literature extracts from local "celebrities".
The readings were organised as part of Education Week, incorporating great literature and the International Year of Reading.
Grafton Community of Schools (Grafton HS, South Grafton HS, Westlawn PS, Grafton PS, South Grafton PS, Gillwinga PS) asked guest readers to chose an excerpt/chapter/page from a novel or piece of literature that they loved or one that has inspired them and will share this on the day.
Member for Page Janelle Saffin and Daily Examiner editor Jenna Cairney will read today.
Readings are interspersed with some short performances by small instrumental groups.
At the river outside
No.1 Duke St