National Bookshop Day

13 August, 2016 / News

Saturday 13th August was National Bookshop Day and I was glad to visit Harry Hartog’s amazing bookshop at Bondi Junction, there to spend a happy half hour. But I also want to acknowledge  and send greetings to all those wonderful bookshops, especially those who specialize in children’s books who help to keep Australian children’s literature ...

Beautiful Beecroft Children’s Bookshop and a Host of Beautiful Librarians

26 July, 2016 / News

I made it to Paul MacDonald’s amazing bookshop at Beecroft for a talk to about 30 enthusiastic librarians about my latest picturebooks, A Soldier and Incredibilia and other things besides (there were extenuating circumstances). Like so many other writers and illustrators I am so grateful for Paul’s support and that of teachers and librarians who go ...

Vale Gillian Mears

9 June, 2016 / News

Gillian leaves a rich legacy of Australian literature for generations to come and it makes me sad to think such a modest and talented person has gone at 51 years of age.

Launch of INCREDIBILIA, Sydney University

21 May, 2016 / News

Last week, we were privileged to hear two passionate speakers in Professor Robyn Ewing who launched Incredibilia (Little Hare, 2016), Faculty of Education building, and the ingenious artist Gaye Chapman who illustrated my text.

Australian Poets Presented by Libby Hathorn…with The State Library of NSW

28 January, 2016 / News

State Library Treasures: It’s been a privilege to work with Pauline Fitzgerald sifting through some amazing poetry archives in the State Library of NSW, that revealed such manuscript discoveries as the actual hand written poems such as “My Country”; reams of photographs, paintings, sketches, letters, cards and telegrams of many poets; as well as such gruesome finds as the death mask of Henry Lawson.

Viva Australian Poetry and Poets!

27 January, 2016 / News

It has been a pleasure to celebrate Australian poets as well as discussing my latest novel “Eventual Poppy Day” on community radio – Eastside 89.7. In discussion with Margaux Dombkins on her arts program, poets old and new such as Judith Wright, Dame Mary Gilmore, Banjo Paterson, Dorothea Mackellar were featured. I look forward to ...

Canberra Sojourn, Lu Rees Archives & CBCA Dinner

5 November, 2015 / News

On Tuesday 27th October I had lunch with the redoubtable Dr. Belle Alderman and her devoted volunteer staff at the University of Canberra. This is the home of an incredible collection of notable Australian authors and illustrators which was established in the 1970’s by Lu Rees, and has been ably led by Belle Alderman. It ...

Pozieres Commemoration Service, Woollahra July 26th

3 August, 2015 / News

I was really happy to be part of the 99th Commemoration Service at St Columba’s with Rev Brian Jago presiding. Lt Gen Caligari, First Battalion Association, RSL representatives and representative from the French Consulate and Woollahra Council took part.