Creating An Appetite For Series

At KidLitVic 2018, three publishers shared their expertise and insight into the world of book series. Series were a long term investment for publisher and author. A good series (eg., the Narnia series by CS Lewis etc.,) will have readers read, follow and love the characters, their world and plot line. Michael Wagner, interviewer, lead…

What to Expect When You’re Expecting… A Book!

What I learned from KidLitVic 2018 as a first-timer. The whole day was much more than I anticipated and made less daunting with a familiar face or three. My aim was to look, listen and learn during KidLitVic – free from the nervousness of assessments. Prior to the big day was the logistics of negotiating…

Creatives’ Wish for Every Child

‘What I Wish for Every Child’ by Authors and Illustrators who presented at the Celebrate Reading National Conference, The Literature Centre, Fremantle, WA. Before presenters shared their ‘Wish List’, Australian Children’s Laureate, 2016 to 2017, Leigh Hobbs read a letter from Glenda Millard. She wished all, ‘a wonderful time drenched… in the solace… and joy’…

Jeannie Baker Circles Loss of Migrating Shorebirds

Jeannie Baker’s ‘Circle’ Exhibition had guests in awe of the detailed 3D close-up canvases of her latest book – ‘Circle’. Numerous literary, art and science enthusiasts were fascinated with the large, original artworks. Curator Dale Arvidsson, of the Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha launched the ‘Circle’ Exhibition at Richard Randall Art Studio, Mt Coot-tha. ‘Circle’ was inspired by the…

You have Permission to Daydream

Sunshine, rain and rainforest backdropped the inaugural Sunshine Writer’s Retreat in Montville. With air thinner than the finest mist, many a kindred spirit met. Our Masterclass presenters generously shared their writing adventures, including faux pas. Picture Book Author & Illustrator, Peter Carnavas  gave us permission to daydream through our writing room window. A window as…

Books Change Lives – Unexpectedly

‘What is your dream?’ Author Brian Falkner asked a room full of year 5 students. Marine biologist, Hollywood actress, lawyer and a room full of nasty criminals made the list. Falkner had to confess to the marine biologist he didn’t really eat dolphins. Relief spread across her face as if she’d sipped warm milk. Dreams…

Write in Response to Visual Art

June Perkins, author, poet, blogger, photographer and videographer, held a Writing Poetry in Response to Art, workshop which showed how visual art could inspire poetry or some form of writing. Aspiring and emerging writers and poets were given an insight into ‘how to think differently’ about writing poetry. This event was part of the mini Illumine Festival on 6-8th October, 2017 at…