• Author,  Illustration,  SCBWI

    SCBWIAuNZ Sketch & Scribble at Luna Park

    Today I participated in SCBWI’s Sketch & Scribble event held at Luna Park. It was so much fun. Lots of chatter, catching up with fellow writers and illustrators amongst beautiful views. What more could you ask for? Well maybe Luna Park being open for starters! Yes, it was closed but that just added to the humour of the day. We are creatives. We can work around this hiccup. And we did, taking a lovely stroll through Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden. So if Luna Park had been open we all would have been none the wiser about this secret treasure behind the park. Children’s author Katrina McKelvey prompted us to ‘look…

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    SCBWI Conference Sydney 2016 round up

    Sunday night I attended the pre-conference networking dinner for #SCBWISyd Conference 2016. Boy, did I have a lot of networking to do. I was one of a great team of Roving Reporters as well as being  New Member Coordinator for SCBWI Sydney.  So if I came across anyone standing alone looking lost I went up to them, introduced myself and had a chat. If friends walked by I would grab them and introduce the newbie to them. It was fun. It was exhausting. But luckily I am a sociable person so this was the perfect role for me. You can read my Roving Report here: Pitch to publishers The reports written…

  • Illustration,  SCBWI,  Writers Conference

    August’s – 52 Week Illustration Challenge

    It’s pouring down today and so it is perfect weather to sit down, write blog posts and listen to my favouirte podcasts. I am currently watching and listening to: Children’s author Jen Storer’s Girl & Duck video’s everday Friday The Yarn which takes you behind the scenes of children’s literature All The Wonders where readers can discover new books I have to confess that I found this months themes a bit too abstract and therefore struggled until the last minute to come up with somthing for most of them. Week 31: Realism Digital using Tayasui App Week 32: Hairy I did enjoy sketching out these yeti characters in pencil before…

  • SCBWI,  Writers Conference

    Roving Reporter at this years SCBWI Conference

    Two years ago I attended my second SCBWI Conference as a newbie Roving Reporter. The photo is of me and the inspiring Illustrator/author Bruce Whatley at  SCBWIAusNZ14 This year I have the great opportunity to be part of that team again. You can read more about me and the other reporters here: http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/6/4/meet-the-team-roving-reporters-revealed-part-1?rq=roving%20reporters%201 http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/6/11/rovers-revealed-meet-the-team-part-2 http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/6/18/meet-the-team-part-3 http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/our-blog/2016/7/3/rovers-revealed-4 I’m really looking forward to the event. It is a great time to catch up with old writerly friends, make new ones, network with publishers, listen to established authors and illiustrators and their success stories as well as getting feedback on your own work. I highly recommend attending or joining. If you are a new member…

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    Meet The Publishers Day Kidlitvic2016

    This time last weekend I was returning from a fabulous day down in Melbourne at the very first Meet The Publishers Day organised by the highly wonderful, friendly and talented authors Alison Reynolds and Dee White. What to pack: layers – no one could figure out what the weather was going to do in Melbourne – after all it is the city known to have four seasons in one day. Thankfully the weather turned out to be quite warm which was great for the evening meal in one of the many wonderful restuaurants in Hardware Lane. At the airport: I bought an ipad cover for protection – but I never got…

  • Illustration,  SCBWI

    #illo52weeks – November’s illustrations

    Wow! One month to go till the end of the year. How fast did that go? I nearly didn’t participate this year but I am so glad I persevered. Here are November’s illustrations: Week 44: Scandinavian Funnily enough my Christmas decorations have a Scandinavian theme this year.   Week 45: Peace Peace is much needed at the moment as the house is filled with builders all working hard on the second stage of our house renovations. Week 46: Endangered One of many animals that need to be protected.   Week 47: Play I love this time of year as it gives me lots of excuses to play at dress ups.…