Colouring book heats things up at Agfest


Rachel Treasure is heating things up at Agfest with her new adult colouring book ‘Fifty Shades of Hay’.

The acclaimed Tasmanian author launched the book at the Not Just Books marquee at 1pm on Thursday.

The colouring book is based on Ms Treasure’s novel Fifty Bales of Hay, a collection of twelve erotic short stories in agricultural settings. 

A friend of Ms Treasure, who goes by the pen name Doodle O’Day, illustrated the book. 

While colouring books are becoming increasingly popular, Ms Treasure said there was nothing quite like the Fifty Shades of Hay available.

“There’s nothing agricultural and nothing adult, we thought it would be really funny,” she said.

“Kevin Young, owner of Not Just Books, actually came up with the idea last year as something fun and fresh for Agfest.”

The colouring book is uniquely Tasmanian; as well as being written and illustrated in the state, it was also made in Tasmania and many of the scenes are set in the state’s agricultural regions. 

“Every story is set in a different agricultural industry… The drawings never fail to deliver a giggle; every time you look at them they are so funny,” Ms Treasure said.

Ms Treasure also hopes that this agricultural theme will propel the book to international success, via online shopping websites such as 

“If you’re a country person you just kind of get it, no matter where you are in the world,” she said.

Mrs Treasure has been a patron for Agfest in the past, and praised the event for showcasing how vibrant agriculture can be.

“Rural Youth has been such a part of my growing up in Tassie. It’s like you have to have this rural pride taught to us because there’s so much negativity around agriculture,” she said.

Mrs Treasure’s love for rural Tasmania and agricultural knowledge come though in her novels.

“My novels always have messages whether it be overgrazing, erosion, completion of soil health, or even renewable energy - Clearskin Cowgirls had a subplot about methane,” she said. 

“I’m completely passionate about soil, food and farming, so it’s in all of my work.”

Rain and wind continues to hit the Quercus Park location, but despite the weather, it is sure to be steamy in the Not Just Books marquee this weekend.


Cover of Rachel Treasure's unusual adult colouring book.