Dromkeen, at Riddells Creek, just north of Melbourne Airport, is a wonderful homestead and owners Bernadatte and Tony are children’s literature champions.

Last Saturday, Dromkeen held a Children’s Literature Festival and I was fortunate to be one of the speakers. Others included Gabi Wang, Mark Wilson, Glenda Millard, Marc McBride and Bret Cardwell.

There were indoor and outdoor activities, or in the space in between, there was time to sit or wander the gardens and just enjoy this wonderful place.

I had a wonderful time, sharing stories with children and adults. As ever, when I talk about ‘My Name is Lizzie Flynn’ I learned new details about Lizzie’s world and the world of the Rajah Quilt.

Bits and bobs from a weekend not yet done.

So, perhaps we didn’t quite nail this one, but it was still fun.

Loved the David Hockney exhibition, small, middle-sized, large and huge.

And there was more of it, projected on the dark walls of the Great Hall as Amanda Palmer sang to a packed and adoring crowd.


And now for something completely different. I loved the way the paddock of bales gave way to a sea of colourbond rooves.

Great fence

Don’t know what this tree is, but I like it.

Next door, preparations are underway for more building. The ground is like moon dust, light and it fluffed into the air as we stepped through. Not these birds though, their footsteps captured clearly. As were the few raindrops.

These nerines hint at a previous dwelling, although all other traces are gone. I love how nerines push up these showy flowers before the leaves shoot.

The growth on this leave was brain shaped, and so far, wasn’t affecting the leaf.

In Footscray

I cross the bridge
pull to a stop
wait for the left turn arrow
next to the international painted walls
of St Monica’s

a woman stops, props
nearly drops a box
– it’s half her size
adjusted, she takes a couple of steps
then props again
and again

I think of offering her a lift
pause to risk assess it.
the passenger in the car behind
winds down her window
wan a lift?      
                    I’m okay
she clearly isn’t
no, c’mon …
                     you’re going the other way
we can do a blockie …
the girl gets out
driver flips the boot
and the girl reaches
to carry half the weight

the lights change
and I feel like someone has ripped out
the final pages of my novel

Wild Pa

This is the face you make when a book you wrote, illustrated by a clever clogs like Connah (Brecon), and published by the wonderful team at Random House Kids is included on the CBCA Notable list for 2017.

It feels pretty good

Jaunt to Barwon Park Mansion

What a glorious day for a trip to the south west! A group of us ventured west to Barwon Park Mansion at Winchelsea to see a fabulous exhibition of frocks!

The mansion is well worth a visit whether or not there are frocks to be seen, but having visited to see the Dressmaker Exhibition, we knew the combination would be a winner. And it was.

I’ve only included a few shots, because you need to see the real thing. Because:


2. Frocks. Frocks. Frocks. Beads, sequins, feathers and shoes.

3. Lighting

4. Feathers and fingers

5. Devonshire tea