Crystal Kite presentation

Another highlight of the SCBWI Conference this year was receiving the 2011 Crystal Kite Award for There Was an Old Sailor. I’d known about the award, but since it’s to be presented at the National Conference, I had to wait until this year to receive it. That meant I was able to share the stage with  Norman Jorgensen and James Foley author and illustrator of ‘The Last Viking’. Photos were taken.

and I did say a word or three …

Here are the pictures …

The barque James Craig. Research for a project. The volunteer aboard couldn’t have been more helpful, although even he eventually abandoned us to have his lunch.

Launching Catriona Hoy’s ‘The Little Dinosaur’, her gorgeous new picture book.

Catriona talking about the genesis of her dinosaur story.

Callan Park, which once was a psychiatric hospital, but now is (at least in part) home to the NSW Writers’ Centre.  

In Tasmania now, Catriona and I making watermarked paper. Don’t we look like professionals?

Twas a coolish night in Burnie, but lovely to sit and watch this view while sipping a sherbet.

Some Burnie foreshore residents.

Our accommodation for the night. Catriona and I each had a fully fitted, two bedroom apartment. Luxury!

And then in Launceston, a four-poster bed! In a cottage called Bonnie Doon.
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