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Childfree couple tied down by anti-child campaign

[Edition 63] BYRON BAY, Tuesday: Since childfree couple Kelly and Don Walker wrote their book No More Sprogs: Childless by Choice eight months ago, they haven’t had much time for their favourite pastimes: hang-gliding and dancing.

The Walkers meet with their publisher in
the hope of concieving another book

[Edition 63] BYRON BAY, Tuesday: Since childfree couple Kelly and Don Walker wrote their book No More Sprogs: Childless by Choice eight months ago, they haven’t had much time for their favourite pastimes: hang-gliding and dancing.
But they don’t mind a bit. “It’s true, we haven’t got much spare time now, what with marketing our book and maintaining our childfree website, but the satisfaction and fulfilment we get from our vindictive campaign more than makes up for the hard work,” Mrs Walker says.
These days, weekday evenings are spent updating the hate-filled bile on their website, or fielding calls from fellow travellers and critics alike. Weekends are devoted to attending social events with their childfree social club.
“Weekends aren’t our own anymore,” Mr Walker admits. “Just last week we took the club members on a pub crawl on horseback through Kangaroo Valley. The weekend before that we spent the whole Saturday ferrying copies of our book around to bookstores like we were a bloody delivery service.”
Then there’s the sleepless nights they spend worrying about the future. “Sometimes I do lie awake at night, wondering what will become of the book in the future. Will it become a bestseller? Will it be remaindered? We just have to wait and hope and do the best we can,” Mrs Walker says.
One possibility on the horizon is another book. “Before we started on our first book, I thought I definitely wanted to write at least three, maybe four,” she says. “But after seeing how hard it was with the first one, I’m thinking we might stop after the second one.”
They have received criticism for their lifestyle choice, but they are unrepentant. “We know couples who think we’re mad to take on the responsibility. They’re more interested in pursuing their careers, or taking up hobbies or travelling around places. But our campaign really gives us a sense of purpose in life, a little bit of immortality, I guess,” Mr Walker says.
“Who knows, one day, when we’re dead and buried, our book, the book that we made, might still be around.”