New beginnings

What’s the connection between these two images?
The first is Grandma Poss from Possum Magic.
The second is Queen’s Hall, part of the original building of the State Library of Victoria.

Grandma Poss has most recently been resident in the gardens of Dromkeen, a wonderful place for immersion in children’s literature, particularly the art of children’s literature.

Sadly, Dromkeen is for sale.
Fortunately, the SLV has become the new custodian of the amazing collection of original picture book art that was housed there.
Even more fortunately, the SLV is interested in continuing the work of Dromkeen, that of bringing readers and creators together.

On Wednesday, writers, illustrators and library experts gathered to begin the discussion about just how to keep alive some of the Dromkeen programs, and how to shape and develop them in the future.

Stay posted.


ps Our meeting on Wednesday was in this glorious space, Queen’s Hall.
pps Grandma Poss is now in Melbourne .

Squish rides again

Today at the wonderful Little Bookroom in Carlton North, Andy Griffiths launched Katherine Battersby’s Brave Squish Rabbit, sequel to Squish Rabbit. Like Squish’s first outing, this is a lovely gentle story about overcoming fear for friendship. Beautifully told and illustrated. Go Katherine!

Andy however, couldn’t keep his hands to himself. There he was, not content with two hands, but had to unleash a third on his audience. They responded enthusiastically if unpredictably. That’s all I’m saying about that!

Then it was Katherine’s turn to sit in the story chair. Gradually, she brought all the little eyes, all the little ears to her, ready to tell Squish’s new tale.

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Tassie SCBWI Meeting

On a coolish Saturday afternoon, SCBWI held their first Tasmanian gathering at the wonderful Fuller’s Bookshop in Launceston. All up, we were 25.

Julie Hunt shared the process behind the creation of a graphic novel. Kidglovz will be released in late 2013.


Corinne and I gave brief overviews of our journey into writing, then Sally Odgers shared snippets from her long and varied career in writing. She has just released Bushland Lullaby and is working on a series, Finding Farholt. This last she is publishing herself and these are images that may or may not make it into the books.

Chris Cheng was in town too and joined us to talk about his new SCBWI role and other international SCBWI happenings. As always, we had an extended afternoon tea when people meet and remeet and talk all things books.
Afterwards Corinne and I walked past the bikie party again (still no invite in!) and then had a wonderful dinner at Fresh, before trying to navigate the intricacies of smart phones and daylight savings. Would we make our 7.30 am flight? We were only partially successful. It is true that my alarm went off an hour early because my phone was smarter. Sigh

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