Mamie garden party book launch!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Join me in Adelaide, at the beautiful Carrick Hill Estate, for a fanciful garden party, celebrating the launch of Mamie! This picture book on the life of Australia's beloved May Gibbs also celebrates the 100 Year Anniversary of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Enjoy a beautiful morning in the gardens of Carrick Hill, with a book reading and signing, gorgeous crafts to take home, and a very special botanical cupcake and gum-blossom lollipop for each little fairy or elf.

We'll tour the brand new May Gibbs garden, and guests are welcome to wander the Story Book Trail and view the final day of the May Gibbs and Australian Botanical Art exhibition in the gallery.

The launch will be held on the Cypress Terrace between the visitor entrance and the house.

Kids are encouraged to come dressed as fairies, elves or gumnut/gum-blossom characters. They will also have the opportunity to meet some beautiful bush fairy dolls ... and Mamie herself!

I'm thrilled to have life-long May Gibbs aficionado, Jane Brummitt, launching Mamie.

RSVP is essential for catering and goodies, so be sure to get in quickly. Just click on the poster above to RSVP to the Facebook event, or email

This event is free. Drinks and food are available to purchase in the café. Admission is free to Carrick Hill gardens and grounds. Parking is available. Visit Carrick Hill for more information.

For more information on Mamie, click the book below.

Illustrator Showcase poster for SCBWI Conference, Sydney 2019

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

My brain bent over backwards and my heart flipped out of my chest when the gorgeous SCBWI Australia East/NZ team asked me to create the poster for the 2019 Conference Illustrator Showcase. What fun!

You can read about my inspo behind the piece on the SCBWI blog.

Keep an eye on the blog for the conference program--dates are 24 - 26 Feb in Sydney. I cannot wait to see the illustration portfolios next year!

a fleur a day

Monday, 27 August 2018 After the success of A Bear a Day last year, and after much thought (and planning!), I'm hosting another original artwork auction on Instagram. Just head to A Fleur a Day. Starts September, until I can paint no more...
A nature image.
Every day.
Birds, bees, insects, plants, and always and ever a flower.
September 2018—until I can do no more!
Original watercolour/ink paintings on A5 watercolour paper.
Auction daily on Instagram.
Free post to anywhere in the world.

Mamie - cover reveal!

Friday, 24 August 2018

My labour of love on the life of May Gibbs, is nearly here. On 16 November, Mamie will be released, and I'm happy to officially show the cover today... ta da!

Learn more about the book right here. It can be pre-ordered through Booktopia now and it will be launched at the beautiful Carrick Hill Estate on Sunday 25 November (Adelaide). Launch poster coming soon!

who is Mamie? this is Mamie

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Who is Mamie?

This is Mamie.

Also known as May Gibbs--artist, illustrator, author, activist--Australia's beloved kids' book creator.

2018 celebrates 100 years of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. My tribute to May--Mamie--is out November.

#standbyforcoverreveal! #mamie

Mamie could be a girl like you ...

Who is Mamie?

She could an artist, a writer, a nature-lover, a dancer, singer, actress, conservationist and wit. She could be the hopes and dreams of other little girls. She could be someone just like you. 

#mamie #november2018 #bookcoverreveal #anymomentnow #HarperCollinsChildrensBooks

who is Mamie..?

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Who is Mamie?

#mamie #november2018 #bookcoverreveal #anymomentnow #HarperCollinsChildrensBooks

Australia Illustrated Second Edition cover reveal!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

I'm pinch-me happy to finally reveal the new cover for the Second Edition of Australia Illustrated. The wonderful people at EK Books have reprinted after the First Edition sold out, and it was a hoot to come up with a new cover--quite different from the first one, but still reflecting the essence of the book (probably even more so that the original, though I do have a soft spot for that one!).

You'll see I simply inverted the colours of Australia and the ocean, and on the back cover, an underwater landscape fits perfectly in the blue. I also updated the endpapers, the half title and title page.

The new edition has the same lovely textured, cloth-bound cover, and lustrous satin pages within.

I hope you love this new edition! You can learn more about the book here.

a wintry August update ... with loads of sunshine

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Just as we thought winter might be pressing on the brake pedal, a dusting of snow, the likes I've which I've not seen since living in Canberra, coated the mountains surrounding our quiet little basin here in the bush. How I wanted to grab a toboggan and make a dash for it, but simply too much to get through these coming months!

Above is my latest window, this time for the National Library bookshop--it was so much fun to put together. In celebration of the release of The Gum Family Finds Home, the koalas are chilling out in the bookshop storefront for the next week or so.

I think it looks so much better IRL ... here's a little vid so you can see it in greater detail. My voice is a little husky, so hopefully you can hear me.

The Gum Family Finds Home book giveaway!

Friday, 3 August 2018

Thanks to the lovely people at the National Library of Australia, I have two copies of The Gum Family Finds Home to giveaway (read all about this adorable travelling family here). I'm running the comp over on my Instagram account--access it here.

It's super easy to enter.

All you have to do is follow me on Instagram then tag a friend (who should also follow me on Instagram). You can enter as many times as you like, so long as you tag only ONE friend each time you enter.

I'll draw the winner using a random number generator next Friday 10 August and both you and your friend will win a copy of the book!

I will announce the *winners on Instagram the same day, and please note that while this comp is open to anyone, books can only be sent to an Australian address.

Good luck!

*This is a game of chance. Winners are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The Gum Family printables for kids

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

It's launch day!

The Gum Family have hitched their caravan to the Kombi, packed their gum leaf sandwiches and eucalyptus juice, and are setting off to a bookstore near you.

To celebrate, Mum, Dad, Nut and Leaf are excited to offer little readers some delicious printables. Just scroll down and click on each one--print and get busy! There's colouring sheets, some word searches and a spot-the-difference. Try your hardest to spot the difference before you check the answers!

Stay tuned for a book giveaway, which will be run from my Instagram account (I'll do a blog post with the details this week).

Have fun, kids!

Colour it in...

Search for those words...

Spot 10 differences...
If you're really stuck, here are the answers!

Click to learn more about the book...

Click here to buy

The Gum Family is almost here!

Monday, 30 July 2018

Only two days until The Gum Family Finds Home hits shelves! Here is a little teaser of some internal pages, and stay tuned this week for some release day goodies!

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