A Celestial Launch

A Celestial Launch

What a glorious weekend we had in Canberra for the launch of the Celestial Empire exhibition at The National Library, and the picture book that was written specifically to tie in with the exhibition, which is of course my picture book New Year Surprise! I found out later at the dinner that this exhibition had one of […]

Ambassador Duties

Ambassador Duties

What a thrill it has been this Australia Day, January 26, to be an Ambassador and visiting Kempsey. Thank you to Kempsey Shire Council and the mayor, Liz Campbell for hosting us for this wonderful gathering. It was a delight being there in Kempsey … again! So how do you get to Kempsey? When you […]

@ the National Library of Australia

@ the National Library of Australia

Late in 2014 I received an email from Susan Hall, publisher at the National Library of Australia informing me that they would be holding an exhibition about the history of Beijing, using items from the National Library of China as well as from their own extensive Asian Collection. … I was wondering if you would be interested […]

12 Days of Christmas – Ruta Sepetys

12 Days of Christmas – Ruta Sepetys

Hello to the wonderful Ruta Septys who lives in Nashville, TN USA and is the final memory for this edition of the 12 Days of Christmas. It is always super chatting with Ruta, we don’t get to do that enough and she also serves on the SCBWI board. Her gorgeous memory of twilight church is a beautiful tradition […]

12 Days of Christmas – Freya Blackwood

12 Days of Christmas – Freya Blackwood

What a thrill to have Freya join these 12 Days. Freya was awarded three times in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards last year, the first time in the awards’ 69-year history that this has occurred. And her art is just exquisite. Read on and discover her very different Christmas Memory and a new tradition. My family don’t […]

12 Days of Christmas – Mike Curato

12 Days of Christmas – Mike Curato

I have a terrific friend called Mike Curato – the creator of the Little Elliot books. He lives in New York City and when I am there we go to absolutely fantasmagorical hipster restaurants. I am so thrilled that he could join these 12 Days. Mike has a wonderful reflection of a very special Santa Claus that might […]

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