It was a thrill for us to be able to take a quick trip up to the lovely Blue Mountains last Sunday (yes I know another late posting) to spend a few hours at Pinerolo – the Children’s Book Cottage created by the glorious Margaret Hamilton. We have been trying to get up there for yolks (it’s not that close to our place here in the city) so what better excuse than to join in Pinerolo 2nd birthday celebrations. It was especially delightful to catch up with Stephen Michael King (who illustrated my second book – Rainforest Animals) and Glenda Millard (I launched Glenda’s latest Silk title earlier this year at Voices on the Coast). We spent quite a while chatting away, gossiping, discussing new projects, the craziness that has been our 2012 and of course admiring the original artwork that adorns the cottage walls.
Margaret has a wonderful retreat there and conducts many lovely picture book workshops and residencies there, always with talented illustrators as the featured guests. Just jump to the Pinerolo website and have a look. Margaret has long been integral to the publishing of great Australian children’s books – especially picture books.
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]