Today I’m visiting friend and fellow author, Gabrielle Wang, talking about my first ever book, my writing space and my newest book.
…on Friday night’s ASA panel discussion on digital rights, go here. Thanks Dee for taking notes and pictures.
Last night I trained into the city for the ASA panel discussion about digital rights, that murky evolving section of our industry (and many others). After a snack and a wee glass of wine, we and the panelists try to define just what digital rights will mean for creators of books and those other things we just call ‘works’.
I can’t say I’m a lot clearer about those rights after the discussion, but it was heartening to share that lack of clarity with many colleagues. And what was heartening was the diversity of views, the notion that there may not be one answer to the question of how to manage those rights. But the discussion will continue.
What’s also heartening, for this and other reasons, is that the Sydney-based-but-national body ASA will be establishing a larger Melbourne presence.
This morning, I trained back into the city for another ASA gig. I nearly ended up in the south eastern suburbs (that’s what reading can do for you) but managed to jump off the almost-leaving train just in time. I missed the AGM…not quite sure how…but was in time for the Colin Simpson lecture given by Arnold Zable. Arnold talked about what story means to him, and how he came to story. Along the way we were treated to many other stories, some sad, some tragic, others heartening. I’m glad I didn’t miss it. Also good to catch up with other familiar faces.
In other news, my picture book ‘There Was an Old Sailor’ has been shortlisted in the SCBWI Crystal Kite awards. Yay! I’ve also received copies of my new book, ‘Freaky Fact or Fiction: Human Body’, a non fiction book for 7-10 yos.
I’m looking forward to being ‘in conversation’ with Alison Lester as part of the Williamstown Literary Festival on 30 April, talking about ‘The Art of the Picture Book’. The Williamstown Literary Festival program features many great sessions. I’ve got my pencil out ready to select sessions. They are really cheap and you can easily spend the whole weekend immersed in words, words, words. My friend, Jackie Kerin is co-chairing the People’s Choice Awards with Mike Reynolds on the preceding Thursday. I’m trying to decide whether I’m game enough to perform or not. Check here for details
Last year I recorded a television episode for a program called ‘Tall Ted’s Story Time’. I shared the gig with Jackie Kerin and we featured my picture book, ‘There Was an Old Sailor’. There’s a website too with downloadable activities as well as short excerpts from the shows.
Story Time aired all around Australia on Channel 31. Now the whole shebang – all 12 episodes – is off to Canada, airing from 25 April. WHOOOO-HOOOO!
It’s no secret I love flowers. Not alone there.
This week, flowers made me smile in two ways. The first was a morning tea where we chatted books and their creation.
…I’m over at George’s place at the same time, talking about the ‘Art of Promotion’.
I’ve put on the kettle, and baked a batch of cakes, coz today I have a visitor!
Catriona is the author of ‘My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day’ (Ill: Benjamin Johson), ‘The Music Tree’ (Ill: Adele Jaune), ‘Daddies'(Ill: Mal Webster), ‘Mummies are Amazing’ (Annie White) (all with Hachette) and ‘Puggle’ (ill Andrew Plant, published by Working Title Press).
Today she’s here to talk about her new picture book, ‘George and Ghost’. ‘George and Ghost’ was released in UK in November, but Aussies have had to wait until this week. ‘George and Ghost’ is illustrated by Cassia Thomas and is a story about friendship, mixed with a little bit of science. Actually it’s several big bits of science, but they are slipped into the story very delicately!
decision? If so, what motivated it?
principles in a young child-accessible way?
Do you think students today have the opportunity to equally develop
their science AND their art? Or does the structure of the current
secondary education system make that difficult?
different experience when compared to working with Australian
publishers? If so, how?
Thanks for stopping by Catriona. I do like visitors! For more details about Catriona and what she’s up to, visit her website.
To follow Catriona’s blog tour:
Mon 7 March HERE! Art Meets Science
Tues 8 March http://soupblog.wordpress.com Does a picture book need editing? How do you work with your editor?
Wed 9 March Trevor Cairney http://trevorcairney.blogspot.com Writing journey
Thur 10 March Robyn Opie http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com Writing ‘George and Ghost’
Fri 11 March Dee White http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/ Ghosts. Do you believe?
Sat 12 March Chris Bell http://christinemareebell.wordpress.com Writing picture books
Mon 14 March Lorraine Marwood http://lorrainemarwoodwordsintowriting.blogspot.com In conclusion…