Becoming an author and artist at 50 was not what Mary Kelleher thought was in her career path. Time out from work in the rag trade led her to discover her inner storyteller by combining an interest in local and social history with her love of textiles. Her collection of Kiwiana and recycled fabrics forms her palette to tell stories about early New Zealand life. Since 2014 her over-sized mixed-media murals have been the source for her interactive children’s banner books which combine her artwork, stories and lyrics with music by Titirangi local David Parker. The Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver and The Mill is Kaiapoi are the first in a series which will include Manukau: the Story of a New Zealand Harbour based on her commissioned mural book made for Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.