It’s heartening to know that the ‘The Naming of Tishkin Silk’ is still being published, read and appreciated….here’s the link to a wonderful review from the UK.
at this year’s CBCA national conference in Canberra.
Thank you to all you kind people who asked me to post it on Facebook.
This is to explain why I haven’t.
It is my great pleasure to tell you that the poem is now going to be a picturebook illustrated by the wonderful Mr Stephen Michael King!
‘Children with a language impairment are 6 times more likely to have a reading problem than children without.’ Speech Pathology Australia
This is why, during the International Communication Project 2014, I am supporting Australia in becoming a Nation for Communication.
I have signed the International Communication Pledge to raise awareness of communication disorders around the world.
You can do so too at www.communication2014.com
For more information go to www.nationforcommunication.org
The Naming of Tishkin Silk, the first of the Kingdom of Silk series, published in the UK by Phoenix Yard Books, has now progressed from the longlist to the shortlist in the UKLA awards.
You may follow this link if you’d like to see the other five lovely books on the shortlist.
The publishers say….‘The Duck and the Darklings’ is a triumphant story for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.’
And I say…..‘This is a story I wrote especially for Stephen Michael King. You won’t believe how extraordinay his illustrations are. Thank you Stephen!’
Sunday 16th June 2013
I had the great pleasure of hosting a day about picture books with the lovely and talented Rebecca Cool who was visiting from Margaret River.
Rebecca and I dicussed the making of picturebooks from the initial idea, through the technical aspects and editiorial process to the finished product.
Participants were also able to view original artworks from a number of illustrators, including Rebecca. Here are a few happy snaps taken on the day.
If you would like to know when the next event will take place at Girrahween, don’t forget to contact me.
Yesterday the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the short lists for Book of the Year
and I was lucky enough to have books shortlisted in two categories
in the Picture Book section
and in the Younger Readers section
‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk ‘
A big thank you to
Stephen Michael King and Patricia Mullins for their beautiful illustrations
Congratulations to authors and illustrators of all the shortlisted and noteable books.
No it isn’t winter yet, but I couldn’t resist a quote from the 7th and final book in the Kingdom of Silk series. It should be in the shops any day now. Here’s a preview of Stephen Michael King’s beautiful cover.
USSBY, the American chapter of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) has listed Isabella’s Garden on the 2013 list of Outstanding International Books!
Follow the link for a peek.
I know its been a while…so to encourage myself to get writing again, I’ve been thinking about some little-but-lovely things I can share with you. For instance, small furry donkeys and a big one, too, who came to the launch of my picture book, ‘For All Creatures’. See how smiley I am!
And the lovely purple ladies who also attended the launch are, to the left Sally Hoyle, the Civil Celebrant who performed the blessing of the animals, and to the right Margaret Hamilton AM, who launched the book.
On second thoughts – this event was more than a scrap of loveliness, it was an entire sky full! In December 2012 a Day of Cake and Thankfulness was held to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Pinerolo, Margaret Hamilton’s Children’s Book Cottage in the Blue Mountains. The talented Stephen Michael King, who has illustrated many of my books, and I were the guests of honour. Other guests were invited to dress as a character from the Kingdom of Silk books. This is the Blanch family, who all dressed in character. Emily even made an Armenian Love Cake to share!
the book ‘For All Creatures’ – words by me and pictures by the lovely Rebecca Cool, has been shortlisted in the New South Wales Premier’s Awards for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s LIterature.
Congratulations to all other shortlisted authors and illustrators
Last Friday, Sarah Mayor-Cox, lecturer in Literacy Education, Children’s and Young Adult Literature at Latrobe University coaxed me to take part in her regular session on our local ABC radio. There was an ulterior motive – Sarah presented me with a beautiful certificate from IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) for my book ‘A Small Free Kiss in the Dark’. You can hear the interview at the following link:
You can also see a picture of Sarah looking quite pleased that she got me into the studio and me looking relieved, slightly lopsided and very shifty!
No I didn’t spell busyness wrong – it is going to be a very busy month for me!
I’m off to St Mary’s War Memorial School at West Wyalong to be writer in residence from the 11th to the 14th and we’re going to talk BIG-TIME about the Kingdom of Silk books!
Then on the 22nd Maggie Catterall and twenty students from St Monica’s School, Footscray are coming to Girrahween for a workshop. It isn’t the first time Maggie has brought children to Girrahween and I am so looking forward to this visit as St Monica’s staff and students have a special place in my heart. (I hope there will be no bees in the chimney this time!)
And then, to finish the month I’m off to NSW again – this time to join the quiet genius, Stephen Michael King, as a guest of the Northern Sydney sub-branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. As usual Stephen will enchant everyone with his drawings and I will do the words.
Whilst in Sydney I will also visit two schools in the Fairflied area as part of the ALOUD program.
The grand finale of my visit will be a day of Cake and Thankfulness to celebrate the second birthday of Pinerolo, Margaret Hamilton’s children’s book cottage in the Blue Mountains. Please drop by the Pinerolo website for further details. www.pinerolo.com.au
I’m trying to be really organised – planning for 2013 already!
The fabulously talented Rebecca Cool;
illustrator of ‘Isabella’s Garden’ and ‘For All Creatures”
is coming all the way from WA to Girrahween, my studio in Maldon, Victoria, in June of next year.
We are planning a joint workshop for adults who would love to know more about creating picture books.
I’ll be sending out a flyer very soon. There will be limited places available, so if you want to be on the list, please leave your email address.
Check out the ‘Girrahween’ tab for more about my studio and Australia’s first noteable town, Maldon.
I had the honour of being one of this year’s two judges for the Dorothea MacKellar Poetry Awards. The other judge was Sally Murphy. Between us we read around 10,000 entries! The ceremony took place last week at Gunnedah and Sally and I enjoyed the wonderful local hospitality. Congratulations to all the volunteers who make this wonderful event possible.
I’m happy to say that a UK publisher has made an offer for the rights to publish all 7 of my Kingdom of Silk Books! (Even though the 7th one has yet to be published in Australia!) Here’s a link if you would like to have a look at the publisher’s site. www.phoenixyardbooks.com