Giving Thanks

November 11th, 2014 | Category: News

Mark: Frané and I have celebrated Thanksgiving in the US, the UK, the Caribbean and many other countries. No matter where we are in the world, we always manage to gather friends and family to share a special day of celebration. This year our Thanksgiving will be in Australia. So what does an Australian Thanksgiving…

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us in the US

November 7th, 2014 | Category: News

Before the nation’s capital city woke up, we took a jetlag stroll. Over two weeks, we conducted nine extraordinary events in Washington D.C., New York & Massachusetts.…from book festivals, presenting to Children’s Book Guild and SCBWI peers, conducting hands-on workshops, launching a book and meetings with publishers. Bonus was this all took place during my…

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Children’s Book Week & School Visits

July 28th, 2014 | Category: News

As I scroll down my Book Week Month schedule and about to face 27 school visits, I thought I’d share my tried and tested top ten survival tips. 1. Reconfirm dates and times with the library or school beforehand. Organisers have been known to go on long service leave or change position. 2. Prepare a…

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Celebrating Children’s Literature in Singapore

June 7th, 2014 | Category: News

Imagine a 16th story library. Fill it with publishers, educators, agents, parents, librarians, authors and illustrators from all over the world. All gathered to celebrate, learn and share knowledge at the most dynamic and fastest growing literary festivals – the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC). I was honoured to be one of six selected…

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Midnight on Exhibition

February 20th, 2014 | Category: News

A preview of the “Midnight”exhibition at The Literature Centre It’s always a thrill to look back and follow the stages involved in preparing a book for publication. – from its origin and inspiration to the extensive research involved. – the ‘journeys of discovery’ that help balance creative interpretation with historical authenticity. – the development of…

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Creating Midnight

January 29th, 2014 | Category: News

There can be no better way to research than to follow in the footsteps of your characters. With Midnight, the first step was contacting Peter Haydon at Bloomfield Homestead in NSW, where Guy Haydon grew up and where Midnight was born. Mark and I shared our ideas about making a picture book based on their…

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Midnight – a story within the story

January 18th, 2014 | Category: News

In the fading afternoon light, on October 31st 1917, the mounted infantry division of the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. The capture of the wells of Beersheba, against a well-entrenched enemy, was a glorious hour in Australian military history….

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Cross Check

July 28th, 2013 | Category: News

It’s not because I love the dull thud of the aircraft doors being hermetically sealed followed by the words, cross-check, nor how I ‘love the smell of jet fuel when I wake up in the mornings’. Since my last posting there were way too many interstate and overseas invitations to amazing places that kept me…

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The Book Boat Ships Off

May 23rd, 2012 | Category: News

Euphoria. Completed art ready to ship to New York. The Book Boat for Holiday House Publishers had many ports of call. At the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, where I met the editor Grace Maccarone for the very first time. Los Angeles and by pure syncronicity, I met the author, Cynthia Cotten (shhh- don’t tell the…

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The Greatest Liar on Earth – A True Story

February 14th, 2012 | Category: News

“Truth is Stranger than fiction. But De Rougemont is stranger than both” – The Wide World Magazine June 1899 Received an advance copy of the new book today. I’m thrilled. Painting Louis’s entertaining tall tales was an artist’s dream. Creating whimsical fish with hairy moustaches, witty flying wombats and a hilarious scene with cannibals was…

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