I have an Etsy store!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


After quite a few requests to buy some of the artwork from my books, I'm delighted to announce my new Etsy store!

I'm selling both regular and giclée prints of my book artwork, some 52-Week Illustration Challenge artwork and some exclusive prints of animals from my upcoming Australia map.

I'll be adding to the shop over the next month or two, in the lead-up to Christmas. I hope you find something you might like to add to your wall or the Christmas stocking... I've had some giclée prints done and they look stunning!

Merry Everything book launch is coming up!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Merry Everything is in da house at The Little Bookroom!

If you're in Melbourne, come along to our book launch (that's Jess Racklyeft and me) on Saturday 30 September at 10.30am.

OMG, that's soon! If you come along, you may score a Santa hat and a candy cane (just saying...)

studio revamp

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

It's spring! 

And we all know what happens.




It's a primal thing, methinks, because on the weekend, I was seized by the desire to do over my studio. I really liked my 'old' studio (below) but was hankering for something a little more streamlined... and all the beautiful illustrations from friends and colleagues were starting to fade in the dazzling light that fills my sacred, north-facing space.

greeting card winners!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Thank you to everyone for entering my little card comp. For goodness sake, you made deciding so tough!!! Such sensational responses, and I loved all your card ideas. I might just have to create some of these--so watch this space.

Anyhoo--let's get down to it... here are the winners...

Pack 1: Mrs B
Pack 2: Em Callaghan

Please email me here with your best postal address, and I'll pop these in the mail! Remember, you'll have one week to respond, and if I don't hear from you, I'll pass your set on to another winner.

Thank you, everyone! I hope you see my cards out there somewhere. If you do, send me a piccie!


the reading hour event

Saturday, 2 September 2017


Next Thursday, 14 September, is the Australian Reading Hour. What is it, you ask? Well, you choose one hour of your day to snuggle up on the couch or run a deep bath or jump on the treadmill or sit under a tree, and read a book!

You can read it to yourself. You can read it to a child. The child could read it to you. Or someone could read a book to a teddy bear. The choices are endless!

To celebrate The Reading Hour, seven authorly friends and I--all SCBWI members--got together at Woden Library in Canberra (thanks, Pam and Sam!) for a wonderful event--two hours of stories with a bunch of fabulously engaged kids.

Things kicked off with Kerry Malone, reading two books, including her gorgeous You Can Do It, Joey!

August happenings and May Gibbs Fellowship!

Monday, 21 August 2017

It's been an icy August this year in Canberra, but lots of toasty things happening to warm things up.

Some super special news is that I've received a May Gibbs Fellowship for 2018. Head still spinning from this one! and I'm so incredibly grateful. I'll be spending a month in Adelaide later next year (2018), working on some secret squirrel business (gotta love secret squirrel business). It's particularly special because May Gibbs is close to my heart. Thank you, May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust!


In the spirit of Things All Happening At Once, I've opened an etsy shop! I'll be printing some of my artwork locally, along with a selection of pages from Australia Illustrated. All prints will be A4, on beautiful archival paper, and can be posted anywhere in Australia. I'll be adding to my store over time. Click the image above to visit!

greeting card GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, 19 August 2017

To celebrate the release of my very first greeting cards, I'm giving away a set of each type! The cards are being released by Nuovo and will be available in stores Australia-wide.

The first is a set of pastel Australian animals (above). These measure 10 x 10cm and are perfect for gifts. There are six in the pack and they are blank inside so you can use for many types of celebration.

The second (above) is a set of regular-size greeting cards (12.5 x 17.5cm) featuring boys from my book Australia Illustrated (EK Books). I've always thought it so difficult to find cards for boys that don't feature a footy, train or boat, and I think these cards cover so many types of boy--at least, I hope so! There are ten cards in this pack and they are blank inside, so you can write what you want. Each card has HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the front.

To win...
...just leave a comment below, telling me what kind of card I should create next. Theme? Design? Style? A gap in the market? Give me your thoughts! And be sure to add the number to your  comment--1 or 2--indicating which pack you'd like to win. If you don't mind which one, then put both 1 and 2!

Comp runs from today until 5pm Sunday 3 September. Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter so long as the cards can be posted to an AUSTRALIAN ADDRESS.

I will choose two winners and will announce them on this blog within 24 hours of comp closure, so please do check back to see if you've won. The last book comp I ran, one of the winners never got in touch with me, so do check back!

Good luck!

footy banner tutorial

Saturday, 12 August 2017

If you have ever found yourself in the position of conceiving and crafting a footy banner, you'll understand that 4 hours (a friend took a week) of wrangling crepe paper and glue--for the sake of 6.7 seconds of paper-shredding glory--is enough to propel one headlong into the liquor cabinet.

Drink no more. Here is a tutorial that will hopefully take you 30 - 40 minutes. Seriously. And you'll retain your sanity, not to mention your liver.

You will need crepe paper, scissors, wooden poles at least a metre long, PVA glue and a sewing machine. Don't even think about sticky tape. Anyone who tries to tell you sticky tape sticks to crepe paper needs to be unfriended on Facebook (and maybe even unfollowed on Twitter).

If you want to make a larger banner, just make two of these and sew them side by side. You'd also need to add more strips to make it deeper.

Here we go...

click to enlarge

I hope this makes your child super happy, and keeps you out of the liquor cabinet. And one final tip, make sure your camera is prepped and ready to go before your child begins running... it's over in seconds!

merry everything launch!

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Click on the poster to head to The Little Bookroom's events page to RSVP.

children's story time for Book Week

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Book Week is coming!

To celebrate, I'll be doing story time readings at Dymocks Canberra Centre on Saturday 20 August, in support of Marymead.

It breaks my heart to think there are children without books in our community. So important to support these kids in need, and I hope you can join me for this fun event. There'll be activities and goodie bags, and prizes for the bets Book Week costume!

Click the poster for more details and to RSVP, as spaces are limited. See you there!

mid-winter update

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hello, possums! Are you toasty warm? I truly hope so.

We are having a strange winter in Canberra. Some of the coldest mornings we've had in years (I think minus 8 recently?? who knows. I was tucked up to the chin in bed!), yet I only trimmed the last of our iceberg roses (above) about 10 days ago. So so strange. AND they'd turned pink. Perhaps that rosy blush helped keep them warm?

christmas is coming... Merry Everything!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

No, I'm not talking about Christmas in July. What about Christmas in October? Why not? One of my favourite times of the year, I'm more than happy to bring out the baubles early, most especially when it heralds the arrival of a brand new picture book with the illustrious Jess Racklyeft. Creating a Christmas book has been on the bucket list for quite some time, and how satisfying to give that one an exuberant, tinsel-laden tick!

The idea for Merry Everything! popped into our lives just six short months ago, and is already on its way to print, for an October release with Windy Hollow Books. It was the most beautiful book to work on; Jess and I had so much fun, and wait till you see the illustrations! Gasp!

It’s Christmas Eve and the world is buzzing with busy. There's 
baubles to hang, shimmer to drape and scrumptious treats to prepare. 
From deer baking gingerbread to elephants gobbling candy canes and 
ducks snapping crackers, join these adorable creatures as they 
celebrate the togetherness that is Christmas.

This picture book, by an award-winning duo, features penguins 
in Antarctica, lions in Africa, pandas in the bamboo forests 
of China, whales in the deep blue sea and many more faunal 
friends--wrapping gifts, singing carols, decorating burrows, 
and watching the sky for that man in red.

Beginning on New Year's Eve and ending on Christmas 
night, this poignant story with lyrical text and whimsical 
illustrations, is one to treasure. It reminds us that no matter 
where we are in the world, this special time of year brings 
friends and family together as one.

I'll be heading down to Melbourne to celebrate the launch with Jess at The Little Bookroom in Carlton, so save the date - 10.30am, Saturday 30 September (yes, I know it's Grand Final day, no biggie). There'll be a book reading, signing, activities, and lots of Christmassy treats for the kids! Hope to see you.

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