This week I blogged on the Picture Books Only blog, sharing my notes from Meg Vann’s session at Bundaberg WriteFest. WriteFest (http://bundywriters.com) is an annual event organised by Bundy Writers, in Queensland, Australia. It’s a smorgasbord event for authors of all genres, and this year I was inspired anew by the wonderful workshops I attended. Kerri Lane shared great tips for Educational Publishing – and there was even a PB equivalent, which has me more than a little bit interested. And Meg Vann inspired us all to be Amplified Authors. Continue reading
You may have noticed that my blog has been quiet of late. Or maybe you’ve been too busy to notice – and I get that!
All is okay – but I’ve just been very VERY busy! I’ve been involved in a number of different, fantastic writing workshops with such a bunch of clever, keen kids. Between the different groups we’ve been writing a picture book (which they’ll soon illustrate), writing fantastical short stories, writing persuasively and always, writing creatively. These different projects have taken a lot of time, but I’ve loved every moment of every one of the different activities, and am thrilled with the enthusiasm and creativity of the kids, and the rich discussions we’ve had about writing in the process. It inspires me! Continue reading
This past week I’ve enjoyed reading the backstory for the wonderful new-release Walker picture book, DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA, by Sally Murphy and Sonia Kretschmar. Both Sally and Sonia have a swag of awards and commendations to their names, and collaboratively, they have created a rich and warm picture book that Australians can be proud of.
DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA tells the story of Henri and Billy, two boys who are oceans apart, but together in heart. Billy’s Australian father is fighting the war near Henri’s French hometown, Villers-Bretonneux. The year is 1918.
Inspired by a significant battle in World War I, the story doesn’t focus on the despair of war. Rather, the illustrations and text gently move the story past death and destruction, to focus on the hope – the lasting good that comes from cross-cultural compassion, empathy and aid.
When Henri’s village is destroyed in battle, Billy is one of many Australian children who work together to help rebuild Villers-Bretonneux. To this day the sign of acknowledgment remains; DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA.
DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA is a must read for all Australians.
Lest we forget. Continue reading
Hoping you can drop by next Thursday, 8th March, when I interview Sally Murphy and Sonia Kretschmar about writing and illustrating historical picture books. Continue reading
I blogged about my Ebb and Flow writing process in 2009.
In 2011 I experienced the ebb and flow of writing in a different way, with extended family health dramas taking all head and heart space for 6months. When I first heard the word ‘cancer’ I resolved to let my writing go, for unlimited time, to invest in family and fighting this dread disease. There would be no stress on my part if there was no time for writing or submitting. In fact, any writing would be a bonus.
Author visits to schools are great fun! At a recent visit to St Johns in Bundaberg we;
- Dramatised ‘This is the Mud!’ (Prep/Yr1)
- Wrote shape poems (Yr2/3)
- Wrote haiku (Yr4/5)
- And performed poetry (Yr6/7)
I loved hearing about the fun that the Pre-prep student at Bundaberg Christian College had after reading ‘This is the Mud!’ recently. Thanks for sharing!
We put paint onto foam letters and matched them to the letters on our sheets and then had another look at ‘This is the Mud’ book, at the mess the diggers and tractors made in the mud. We drove some small tractors and diggers into our ‘mud’ and then drove all over our paper with it.
We all had a great time and learnt something about rhyming words and really enjoyed the book.
Joanne Henderson, Prep Teacher
Last year, with thanks to Twitter, I heard about a free online writer’s conference; writeoncon. It was the inaugural event and it was a resounding success. I know. I was there. (I was here.) And I loved it.