Saturday, May 21, 2016

Launch of INCREDIBILIA, Sydney University

Last week, we were privileged to hear two passionate speakers in Professor Robyn Ewing who launched Incredibilia (Little Hare, 2016), Faculty of Education building, and the ingenious artist Gaye Chapman who illustrated my text.  Both talked to the importance of nurturing imagination
 being creative- and what I loved - there was an invitation to adults as well as children to do so. The audience of some 50 people  included my three grandkids who inspired the text, my publisher Margrete Lamond and her staff in designer and production who brought the text to fruition and devotees of children's literature, as well as the ever reliable Paul Macdonald (The Children's Bookshop)and plenty of books!  A happy night but where was Susanne Gervay as not one photograph was taken!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Video Conference and a Dog Show welcome my latest Picturebook, A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy.

The illustrator Phil Lesnie has created wonderful artwork for A Soldier a Dog and a Boy (Hachette) which was shown off to great advantage during the Newcastle Writers' Festival in April with the Dog Show/launch  held on the stairs of Newcastle Regional Library, the road closed off for stalls and bookmobile and a crowd gathered. Even the dogs listened as I did a reading from a giant book! In June that book will travel  to Ribbonwood Library in the Illawarra area for another launch and then later a talk at the local CBCA dinner.