On the road to Dampier for more of Rio Tinto’s Groundbreakers Exhibition – 50 years in the Pilbara! Brought along my special sneakers hand painted by Samantha Hughes. She managed to paint 18 books of mine on the sides, back and front. As you can imagine, the kids love them!

Shoes by Samantha Hughes.

Shoes by Samantha Hughes.

Nearby is the Murujuga National Park, which has the oldest collection of rock art on the planet –  perhaps 35,000-40,000 years old.  What better way to spot some of the 7,000 recorded art (so far), but with world expert Ken Mulvaney. Yep, that’s a thylacine all the way in West Australia!

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We looked for the 4m olive python that supposedly “hangs” out  – no luck. But we were lucky not meet any death adders and mulga snakes who live here too.

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Shared my new Indian tale by Chitra Soundar, Pattan’s Pumpkin, with the children of Karratha. Jan Nicholls couldn’t have described the book better in her recent Children’s Book Council WA post on Facebook– Jack and the Beanstalk meets Noah’s Ark.

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Next stop: Paraburdoo

imageExcellent time of year for the rugged landscape of the Pilbara! Dianne Wolfer and myself are tag-teaming for Rio Tinto’s incredible story put together in an exhibition called The Groundbreaker Trail. Schools, grey nomads, locals and the occasional cockatoo are flocking to attend.

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Under this umbrella, Dianne and I are sharing stories with children in Dampier, Tom Price, Paraburdoo, and Wickham.

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