Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

April 25th, 2017 | Category: Books, Festivals, News

An invitation to take part in this year’s Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates was an opportunity to meet and create art with Arabic children. Sharjah is the cultural capital of the UAE and this event is a stellar showcase for celebrating children’s literature – with over 200,000 visitors!  The eleven-day event is…

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A is for AWARDS

February 26th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, librarians and my colleagues, who are passionate about getting children’s books into children’s hands and especially for all the young readers who voted for A is for Australia. For creators, recognition for our books is a rare gift. Recognition is important. Receiving the Crystal Kite Award and the Hoffman…

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Simpson and his Donkey artworks find new home at State Library

February 2nd, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Illustrations and preliminary sketches, which accompany the story of Simpson and His Donkey, have recently been acquired by the State Library of Western Australia for its Peter Williams Collection of original artworks by Australian illustrators. It was important that the original illustrations and accompanying materials were cared for and made available for future generations to explore…

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It’s Puzzling!

January 8th, 2017 | Category: News

It’s here!!! Packaged in a handy slipcase is the book A is for Australia where you find the answers to factastic Australian questions like: what is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands named after days of the week? AND you’ll also find a 150-piece jigsaw puzzle of the Great Barrier Reef! Solve…

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The New Tour – New York, New Jersey and New England

December 4th, 2016 | Category: News

Talking pumpkin at Candlewick Press in Boston. Great catching up with the US team: Liz Bicknell, Andrea Tompa, Allison Hill, Carter Hasegawa and Walker Australia’s, Linsay Knight. Pattan’s Pumpkin US release date August 2017- just in time for everything pumpkin! A return to the scene of the art (and signing without destroying display) – New York, New York:…

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A is for Australia Wins WAYRBA Award

November 19th, 2016 | Category: News

I’m proud to announce A is for Australia has won the Hoffman Award at the 2016 WAYRBA’s. The Hoffman Award is presented to the highest ranked West Australian author. Young readers were invited to nominate, through their libraries, books that they have enjoyed. Pleased to bits that children chose a non-fiction title as a favourite!  

Tasmania Author Tour

October 28th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Luckily, I get to visit the island state and conduct author visits to young students. My time at the Bonorong “school” near Hobart had to be one of the best author visits ever! All the students were named Joe and they acted like young ones do everywhere – cheeky….

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September 17th, 2016 | Category: News

  Posted on September 16, 2016 by csoundar   Frané Lessac with Janetta Otter-Barry at Edinburgh Book Festival just before she was commissioned. Pattan’s Pumpkin was published in the UK, Australia and NZ on 1st September 2016. It was conceived as a book in 2013. The book waited over two years for the perfect illustrator….

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Welcome to Pattan’s Pumpkin Blog Tour | Indian born British Author of Children’s Books

September 2nd, 2016 | Category: News

Today we are celebrating the publication day for Pattan’s Pumpkin! A journey that took three years and nine months. I’m proud to be an author in the stables of Otter-Barry Books and in partnership … Source: Welcome to Pattan’s Pumpkin Blog Tour | Indian born British Author of Children’s Books

On the Road to Dampier

August 13th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

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! Nearby is the Murujuga National Park, which has…

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