Party time!

February is party time for me and my Old Sailor!On Feb 1, ‘There Was an Old Sailor’ hits the bookshops.On Feb 2, Dee White visits from her blog Tuesday Writing Tips to ask me some questions about writing picture books.Then I’m off on tour! Blog tour...

Illustration Workshop

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in Melbourne, crisp and clear. The morning was cool but the sun was shining and the breeze gentle. I went to CERES (Community Environmental Park) for an Illustration Workshop with illustrator Elise Hurst. This was a SCBWI-organised...

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...

Rollercoaster ride needs seatbelt

Writing is such a rollercoaster. Last week saw a big rejection on a project that looked very promising. I plunged. Gnashed. Wailed. All that sort of thing. Then by Wednesday I was more philosophical. There were many reasons that the mss could have been rejected and...