Competition Winner for August

In Flanders FieldsIn August, we asked readers to submit a question for Noman or myself.

The prize was a copy of In Flanders Fields, signed by the author Norman Jorgensen.

Two (2!) people submitted questions. It made our lives easier, all we had to do was flip a coin to pick the winner.

And the lucky winner was-

Frances Macaulay Forde.

Congratulations! We’ll get your prize to you soon.

P.S. Norman and I have recorded a video based on the sort of questions we get asked at presentations on a regular basis; we’ll upload it asap.

Our July Competition Winner

I was in Carnarvon this past week, doing workshops with Primary and High School students. Thanks to the Shire of Carnarvon for having me, and an extra special thanks to Natalie Whitley, Regional Librarian, for organising the trip.

While there, I met our July Competition winner, Rachel Loffler, who works in the library at Carnarvon Senior High School.

Here’s Rachel and I with her prize- 10 books from Fremantle Press.

The colander helmet seemed like a good idea at the time.

There’s still time to enter our August competition– you could win a signed copy of In Flanders Fields. But, you’ve only got until the 24th to enter. Enter here

Competition for August- win a signed copy of ‘In Flanders Fields’

This month, you could win a copy of In Flanders Fields, signed by the author Norman Jorgensen!

in flanders fieldsYour task is simple- think of a question you’d like Norman or myself to answer, then add your question to the comments section of this post before August 24th.

We’ll randomly select one of the questions, and whoever submitted it will win this month’s prize!

We’ll also select our favourite questions and record a video interview, which we’ll upload at the end of August.

Parkinson interviews James and Norm
Enough Rope
James and Norm appear on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. That's Andrew on the right. I think.

The fine print: this competition runs from 6 August to 24 August. Winners will be drawn on 24 August at 2 pm WST and announced on the blog on August 31. To be eligible, blog readers must submit a question for Norman and/or James in the comment field of this post. Employees of Fremantle Press or their families are ineligible to win.

Competition for July – Win 10 books from Fremantle Press!

Hi everyone, welcome to the first of our monthly competitions.

About the competitions

There’ll be a new prize every month from now until April 2011, leading up to the launch of The Last Viking in May 2011. Competitions will open on the first Tuesday of every month, and close by the end of the month.

We’ll set a different challenge each time- you might have to write, or draw, or research. And for the extra big final challenge, you might like to do all three.

The final competition will run throughout Term 1, 2011. We’ll ask you to put together a Viking-related project- and in return you could win a class visit from Norman and I*. But more on that later. What’s this month’s competition?

This month’s competition

You could win ten children’s books from Fremantle Press!

We’re making the first challenge easy on you – to enter, all you have to do is:

a) leave a comment on one of the posts published between now and the 29th of July,(see Guidelines for adding comments)


b) subscribe to the blog at the link on the top-right.

The winner will be drawn from a Viking helmet, and announced on July 30!

The fine print: this competition runs from 1 July to 29 July. Winners will be drawn on 30 July at 2 pm WST and announced on the blog. To be eligible, students or teachers must either subscribe to the blog, or leave a comment. Employees of Fremantle Press or their families are ineligible to win.

*class visit will be offered if the school is in the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia- otherwise an online session will be offered.

SCBWI- Scribblers Cover a Bovine With Illustrations

Earlier this year, myself and other local members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) painted a fibreglass cow.

me painting a cow's bum
me painting a cow’s bum

It was an art project for the Cow Parade, which came to Margaret River in March.

The cow features paintings by SCBWI illustrators Matt Ottley, Frane Lessac, Shannon Melville, Sam Hughes, Karen Blair, Briony Stewart and Wendy Binks. The cow also features cover images from books by SCBWI authors.

The finished cow was on display at McLeod Creek Wines during the Parade…

 SCBWI cow at McLeod's Winery

…but is now at the State Library in the children’s Mezzanine section. Stop by and say moo sometime.

the SCBWI cow

Have a squiz at Frane Lessac’s blog for more pictures of our group at work.