Last week …

Last week was a busy one. Delightfully so, but busy. 

Monday, was a Literature Festival in Carlton. I was there early and went for a walk. I like to have a look around where I’ll be working, it grounds me somehow. I took my brolly, on the off chance that the grey clouds opened. 

Thursday evening Patricia Mullins received the Dromkeen Medal, and there was a presentation in the State Library. Here, Jackie Hosking and Meredith Costain are flanking the newly installed sculpture that once graced Dromkeen. 
Friday, I was in Fawkner as part of the Books in Homes program, presenting preps with their books and bags. They knew it was my birthday and sang me Happy Birthday, gave me a birthday sticker and a large envelope full of birthday greetings. Gorgeous. 

Sunday was the SLV Children’s Book Festival. I was early for my gig outside the CBCA tent so I did a bit of wandering. I peeked into the Lynley Dodd session, called by the Random House tent, waved to Janeen Brian as she made Ned Kelly masks, and chatted to Nick Falk and Tony Flowers about all things dinosaur.

This young lady (sorry about the pic, I hope she’ll forgive me) was delightful. She and her sister (below) contributed to the Continuous Story, by writing in Italian. Actually Anna Livia (I hope I’ve got that right) wrote in Italian, then English, then Portuguese. Amazing. 

Chiara also illustrated her story. It was fabulous to watch the creative minds at work. 
Afterwards, I went to see the final performance of Jersey Boys. Fascinating to hear the story behind the success. 
Today, it’s been head down, tail up, racing at deadlines. 
I love being a writer.
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Clayton’s Night

Last night Catriona Hoy and I joined Pam McIntyre, Susanne Thwaites and Pam Horsey (channelling her inner Bec Kavanagh) presented our Clayton’s shortlist titles to a gathering of bookpeople at the CBCA Vic Clayton’s Night. I was presenting the Early Childhood section and Catriona, the non fiction.

Knowing that it’s almost impossible to catch a closed-mouth photo of a speaker, these are two shots we prepared earlier.

And here are our shortlists:

Early Childhood Award

In the Lion, James Foley Walker Books
Peggy, Anna Walker Scholastic
Pooka, Carol Chataway and Nina Rycroft Working Title Press
Too Many Elephants in This House, Ursula Dubosarsky Penguin
Ships in the Field, Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro Ford Street Publishing
Lily and the Fairy Tree, Jane Tanner Penguin

Eve Pownell (Non-fiction) Award

Kevin Thinks by Gail Watts
Python by Christopher Cheng & Mark Jackson
Lone Pine by Susie Brown & Margaret Warner illus. by Sebastian Ciaffaglione
Life on the Goldfields by Doug Bradby
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
Catriona’s own book ‘The Little Dinosaur’ is also entered in this category

Picture Book Award

Herman & Rosie by Gus Gordon
Peggy by Anna Walker
The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen & Freya Blackwood
Tree by Danny Parker & Matt Ottley
Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle
Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard & Patricia Mullins

Younger Readers Award

The Forgotten Pearl by Belinda Murrell
Star by Catherine Bateson
Louis Beside Himself by Anna Fienberg
Miss Understood by James Roy
The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge by Marianne Musgrove
The Horses didn’t come Home by Pamela Rushby

Older Readers Award

The Shiny Guys by Doug McLeod
Night Beach by Kirsty Eager
The interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Amberlin Kwaymullina
City by James Roy
Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant
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