What a great word! It’s an adjective, describing animals who emerge at twilight.

It’s also the title of a new exhibition at City Gallery which is part of Melbourne Town Hall. We went to the opening on Thursday night but will go back for a proper look soon. The launch was packed, packed, packed!

The exhibition is curated byJohn Kean, artist and curator formerly of Melbourne Museum but now freelancing. The exhibition celebrates familiar and not so familiar crepuscular urban dwellers. I took photos of just a few of them…

It was a busy week for John and partner Jackie Kerin. While John was celebrating the living (okay, so with some taxidermied, photographic, painterly assistance), Jackie was in the hills celebrating the first showings of a film about a lady and a lyrebird in the 1930s. More details on Jackie’s launch here.


Today, when I was running late to catch a train to Storytime at the State Library, a butterfly caught my eye. It was in the park near my house, sitting on the grass. It allowed me to pick it up and I took it home. Our dog, usually keen to eat whatever I might have in hand, seemed to understand that the butterfly needed to be left alone.

The markings were striking and I have no recollection of ever seeing one quite like it. It sat on my hand while I unlocked the house, unharnessed the dog, collected my camera and went outside again. Indeed, it didn’t seem at all keen to leave my hand!

The up side (what do you call the top part of their wings?) was just like the under side, except that it had no red or yellow. Almost as if waiting for the painter to return and finish the flipside.

I have no idea what sort of butterfly it is. Anyone help me out?

Oh, I did make my train, just.

The SCBWI is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards.

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the 70 SCBWI regions around the world. Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.

Why am I posting this?
Guess who was the winner for the Australia/New Zealand region?

Yup. There Was An Old Sailor! It’s been a good week.

Day Two Willy Lit Fest

I took my camera today, but really it wasn’t appropriate for me to take photos in either of the workshops I attended.

The first workshop with Sharon Lapkin was about editing and included an insight into the construction of a new edition of a classic Australian cooking teaching text. It’s going to have a trade edition this time as well as a schools one, and is looking gorgeous. We then talked about styles, evolving language and why it’s not sensible to be too attached to any grammar rule, because the rules change.

The second session, after lunch, was Lisa Lang about turning fact into fiction. The session included two writing exercises and discussion about fact vs truth, particularly emotional truth. Lisa said that sometimes the research into a real person or event can hamstring a writer, and that it can be better to research, put research away, then write close.

As for my camera, I took pictures of the newly renovated (well, the parts that are finished) Williamstown Town Hall. It’s looking mighty fine!

Also, collected some autumn leaves. One, the one with the darker edge, I found in the morning and put in the car to photograph later. Unfortunately (for the leaf) the car was warm and by the time I came back in the afternoon, the leaf was no longer soft and rich red and pliable, but crisp and somewhat browner. No mind, it’s still pretty.