I'm just so thrilled to announce that Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo has been awarded Equal Second Placing for Outstanding Picture Book in the University of Canberra's Get Real Canberra awards today. What a joy it was to see my work alongside the talented students who creating some super-stunning picture book creations.
Also a joy to be shortlisted with talented author (and dear friend) Stephanie Owen Reeder, who also received a special mention for Max the Parliamentary Cat.
Above right - Jane Cassidy. Below left - local gal and new friend Grace Bryant wins for her picture book manuscript. Below right - Nick Klomp, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Canberra, presents the winners.
Above - with my equal second place recipient, Batool Razaak. Below - CBCA ACT President Leanne Barrett with Outstanding Picture Book winner Xiang Lei.
A happy me. Below, with Leanne Barrett.
Below - with dear friends Tracey Hawkins and Stephanie Owen Reeder, and organiser Jane Cassidy.
Huge thanks to Jane Cassidy for running this amazing competition, and for encouraging some sensational new talent. I really hope to see some of these student winners achieve published status!