• Artwork,  Illustration,  Picture Books

    One Word Day: ‘Fly’

    Today on Facebook a post has appeared highlighting One Word Day in Melbourne. This is a special event organised to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. It is supported by local illustrators of Australian Society of Authors who were given their choice of art supplies to create one or more pictures interpreting the word ‘fly’. I decided to do my own illustration. I was thinking of a character I am currently writing about in one of my picture book manuscripts. It highlights his dilemna! I’ll say no more for now…  

  • Manuscripts,  Picture Books

    CBCA Book Of The Year Shortlist 2012

      I have just finished reading the following article: Challenges of choosing a short list of top books for Children’s Book Council of Australia awards Children’s book award judge Michelle Prawer gives a good insight into the criteria for a book worthy of an award. This is very useful for any aspiring author like myself. The book has to be outstanding to make the CBCA shortlist, and to do this it must have the following: have a great story be well crafted characters must be well developed it must do something clever and different Many authors have been privileged enough to receive this award such as Mem Fox, Alison Lester,…