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!

my latest cards with Nuovo Group

Thursday, 19 July 2018

My new card range, out with Nuovo Group now. The last of my A Bear a Day cards, my Flora series, and some compilations from my Australia Map.

You can find these Australia-wide at bookstores and gift shops--and if they aren't available, you can ask your store to get them in! Just mention my name and Nuovo Group.

Cover reveal - The Gum Family Finds Home

Friday, 6 July 2018

I'm so delighted to showcase the cover for my next book with friend and illustrious illustrator, Christina Booth--The Gum Family Finds Home--published by the National Library of Australia.

It's all about a darling family of koalas, on the hunt for a more 'stable and rock solid' home. Leaving their flimsy gum tree, they set out on a tour of Australia, discovering a range of our magnificent geological sites. Not only do they learn a lot, they also learn that home is pretty much where the heart is. But where will that home be?

The book is out this August and I'll soon have some giveaways and koala-like fun on my blog, so keep your eyes peeled!

You can grab a peek at the internal pages in my blog post for the NLA right here, and if you're really keen, you can pre-order a copy here!

July - a snugglefest of writing and illustrating

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

watercolour/paper-cutting experiments

Finally, finally winter is in full force here in Canberra, and I am enjoying every frosty beanie/boot/mitten-wearing moment! Endless cups of hot tea, toasty soups, faux fur blankets . . . my feels are quite Icelandic. And of course, other than a quick dash to the shops and a brisk walk in the glorious winter sun, it's lovely to have every excuse to shut myself away in my light-filled studio, and create create create.

Speaking of beanies, can you believe how gorgeous my gumnut beanie is, below? I found it on Etsy--the store is Fibre Delights--and how could I resist? I'm hoping to wear it to my launch for Mamie--my picture book on May Gibbs, out this December. And how good would this beanie be for Book Week dress-ups?

chief minister's reading challenge visit

Monday, 4 June 2018

I had the great pleasure of visiting Rosary PS here in Canberra today, as part of my role as an Ambassador for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge. What could be more fun than talking books, showing how books are made, celebrating books, sharing books, laughing about books, and reminding children how much fun they are (not to mention how they make their brains and hearts grow super huge).

world map giveaway

Saturday, 2 June 2018

To celebrate the release of my new World Map (Hardie Grant Travel, more deets here), I have two copies to give away to a lucky travel lover--yes, you there, reading this, it could be you!

All you have to do is head to my Instagram page, follow me and tag a friend. I'll then pick a random winner on Saturday 9 June at 5pm, and the winner and their tagged friend will win a map each!

I will announce the winner over on Instagram and I'll also message the winner, so be sure to check your messages Saturday evening. Please note that maps can only be sent to Australian addresses. This comp is in no way linked to Instagram.

If you don't win, Kids' Book Review will also be giving away a map soon, too, so keep an eye on the website. Good luck!

marvellous maps wrap-up and sorry day launch

Thursday, 31 May 2018

It would easily be thirty years since I've set foot inside the State Library of New South Wales. Sydney was my stomping ground during the '80s, and I still have a deep affection for this city, especially its molten core of culture, the arts and humanities.

The SLNSW is a central hub in this delicious melting pot, and how I've waited this long to revisit, I do not know. The Library has been undergoing some impressive upgrades, and several new galleries (with more to come) have opened, along with a children's learning centre, opening early October.

The current line-up of programmes, events and brain-popping resources is, on its own, worth a Sydney visit (I hope to go later in the year), and I was fortunate to have a wee tour of the SLNSW's hallowed halls ahead of my Marvellous Maps event this past Sunday.

I left Canberra early on a Dash-8. It was a glorious day. I used to be a flight attendant, but taking off and landing still causes an earnest nose pressed-to-window, as though a birds' eye view is something completely new to my eyes. Each and every time.

Leaving Canberra and arriving in Sydney...

world map - big reveal!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Okay, I cannot wait a moment longer. I just can't. Here it is--the big reveal--my illustrated world map!

Huge thanks to the lovely people at Hardie Grant Travel--what a hoot it was to travel the continents in search of imagery to delight little (and big) ones.

This map is out 1 June (just 3 days away...) and you can pre-order online now at Booktopia or at Readings (posts internationally). Otherwise, you're sure to find it Australia-wide, wherever books and maps and gifts are sold.

This map is a little smaller than the Australia map, so you may more easily find precious wall space... I'm seriously considering my ceilings, I'm out of walls.

I hope you love this creation--it was such a joy to create. Enjoy these close-up snapshots below, too, and here is the official blurb and map info.

Happy travels!

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