• 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 Australia East & New Zealand Christmas Party

    As a home mum, I have no end of year work social doo to attend, no staff meetings to chat with colleagues and no lunches to natter over. To top that, writing and illustrating is a solitary hobby/ career. This is why being part of an organisation like the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is essential for your well being. The best thing about SCBWI is that it has regional chapters all over the world. I belong to SCBWI Australia East & NZ and am proudly the ‘new member coordinator.’ So yesterday, I met up with recent newly joined members for a ‘Meet & Greet’ session. This is…

  • SCBWI

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…