Midnight – A true story of loyalty in WW1

October 30th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

It will be 100 years ago tomorrow, that Lieutenant Guy Haydon’s bravely rode his beloved mare, Midnight, over the enemy trenches in Beersheba. Horse and rider served together until sunset on 31 October, 1917 They took part is what is known as the last great cavalry charge of WW1 – ‘a defining moment in history’. This true…

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A is for Australian Animals

August 1st, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Welcome to the world! A is for Australian Animals is here! Published by Walker Books Australia To the delight of many human animals attending the book launch, the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre brought along many animal friends to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre including: a bilby, an echidna, blue-tongue lizards, a snake, “Henry” the cockatoo, and the most adorable pygmy…

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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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INTERVIEW WITH FRANÉ LESSAC – ILLUSTRATOR OF PATTAN’S PUMPKIN

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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