You have Permission to Daydream

Picture Book Author & Illustrator, Peter Carnavas  gave us permission to daydream through our writing room window. A window as a portal to outside — to anywhere. And as you daydream, look, see, observe… the detail. Next, what can’t you see… behind that leaf, under that sill, in the mailbox? Daydreaming relaxes the mind, calms and frees…

Meet… Sidney Nolan

Written by Yvonne Mes & Illustrated by Sandra Eterovic   Meet… Sidney Nolan is a well crafted story which follows painter Sidney Nolan’s life. It starts with an earnest little boy, who lifts his grandfather’s tales into his imagination. Next, a young Sidney tries to follow his dream of capturing his fascination for bushranger, Ned Kelly…

Preserve our Oceans and Coastal Habitats

Picture Book author, Kim Toft, a former Prep teacher, had some 120 preps to year 2 following her every move. She uses silk painting to illustrate the preservation of our oceans and coastal habitats. Her vibrant colours reflect her subjects which are incredibly realistic. Toft performed her cautionary tale ‘One Less Fish’ in song and…

Dream it! Draw it! Design it! Create it! 

By Maria Parenti-Baldey Author and engineer Andrew King encouraged his young year 1 and 2 audience to dream, draw, design and create. King said engineers liked to draw and design because they were like big kids. He encouraged students to think and imagine. To build planes, bridges, buildings, cars and playgrounds using cardboard boxes. To get…

Cool Hats For Reading Books

Author and public servant with a legal background, Cori Brooke wears a cool hat for every story.  She was thrilled to be shortlisted for the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year awards in the Early Childhood category. ‘All I Want for Christmas is Rain’ was popular with the little-ones who guessed right. Brooke was to wear……

Your Imagination Creates Stories

When Brisbane author Yvonne Mes  introduced herself, she had some 100 year 3, 4 and 5 students putting their hands up wanting the glamorous life of a Picture Book author — on the red carpet with Justin Timberlake, a three storey mansion with giant playground, red Ferrari and private jet. One student was so convinced,…

Writing Centre – A Tropical Paradise

The Gondor Writer Centre is a workshop space where national and international authors share their knowledge with writers. In searching for places to improve my writing skills, I discovered Elaine Ouston and Ron Day offered numerous workshops. So far, I’ve enjoyed courses with author and publisher, Aleesah Darlison  (Picture Book Writing) of Greenleaf Press and Elaine Ouston (Writing Believable Dialogue) of Morris Publishing Australia. These hands-on,…