Maranoa Gardens

Rather than cram it into the pre-Christmas crowdedness, a few friends and I met today for our annual picnic. When 36 deg was forecast, we revised our meeting time earlier. We met at Maranoa Gardens in Balwyn, a lovely oasis in the midst of suburbia. It was delightful,...

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...

Double sunshiney day…

Today I trained it down to Frankston for the YABBA (Young Australian Best Book Awards) announcements. There were students from about ten schools there (I think) in the Frankston Art Centre and about 16 or so authors and illustrators. Also teachers, publishers and the...

Last Friday was the Spring meeting of the Victorian SCBWI group. We had two member speakers (both illustrators) Marjory Gardner and Andrew Plant – and a guest speaker, Kaye Keck who is the Director of Dromkeen. Usually we hold these meetings on Saturday...

Canberra

I’ve just returned from Canberra after a week in our capital. It’s a long time since I’ve been there and the first time I wasn’t just a tourist. I had Author talks in several schools. Most were primary school, but I also did one session with...