Hello you! I hope your 2019 has been treating you kindly so far. What did you get up to? I spent most of January soaking up time with my wife and son and labrador. We paddled in the river, read books, watched more than a little netflix and had bbqs. I also got to work on some new sketches and picture book ideas that I’m excited about. It’s been great to spend quiet time relaxing and ‘refilling the well’ so that I’ve got the energy for the year ahead.
I’ve got a few great events coming up at the end of this month – the Perth Writers’ Week family day and a teacher/librarian PD in Sydney. See below for details. Hope to see you down the track!
Feb 24: Perth Writers’ Week family day
It’s one of the most important dates in the WA kidlit calendar! Come down to UWA on Sunday Feb 24 and meet a bunch of awesome children’s authors and illustrators from across the country. Hear talks, join in activities and workshops, grab a feed from the food trucks – it’s always an awesome day.
I’ll be in two sessions:
I’ll chat to author Rachel Bin Salleh & illustrator Samantha Fry about their illustrated children’s book which confronts the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen returning from World War One.
TIME: 10am – 10:45am
No bookings required.
Telling Tall Tales with Words and Pictures
Children’s authors and illustrators Kelly Canby, Ian Mutch, Jessica Walton and me will chat with Heather Zubek about why we can all have fun with words and pictures.
TIME: 11am – 11:45am
No bookings required.
NB: We’ll have books for sale on the day in the Boffins Books Festival Bookshop marquee. Click here to view the collection and to buy online beforehand.
Feb 26: Creating Creative Writers (for teachers/librarians)
Creating Creative Writers is a one-day PD conference on Tuesday Feb 26, which will bring together teachers, librarians and 21 children’s authors and illustrators to focus on fun, practical ways to develop enthusiastic, confident young writers and illustrators.
I’ll be chairing an illustrators panel with superstars Sarah Davis, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and Liz Anelli!
The day also features Deb Abela, Sandy Fussell, Yvette Poshoglian, Tim Harris, Sue Whiting, Claire Saxby, Sally Murphy and Libby Hathorn. Full details and program here.
WHEN: Tuesday Feb 26th
WHERE: State Library of NSW
COST: $250 per person (inc. lunch, morning & afternoon tea)
BOOKINGS: are open now at trybooking, but payment can be made up until Feb 20, 2019.
Use the code PayFeb2019 to register now and pay later.
NB: the day will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD.
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