MAMIE Story Walk at the National Aborteum

Monday, 10 May 2021

On Saturday, I visited the National Arboretum (Canberra) to enjoy the Libraries ACT Story Walk - starring Mamie! What a joy to see the book come to life through the exquisite grounds of the Arboretum, and during Canberra Tree Week, too.
A handful of poppets joined me for a walk along the story route, stopping at each station to read a pocket of Mamie, and of course - took in nature at its absolute finest. The morning fog added a sense of magic as we walked through the Discovery Garden and into the forest. It began to clear as we returned to the Visitor’s Centre, revealing a superb view over the hills. 
This Story Walk was installed quickly and we didn’t have much time to promote this little author signing, but it may be insitu this coming week (from 10 May 2021). If you miss it, it may be moving elsewhere, and I will add that to my EVENTS page.
Thank you to our little group for sharing in the walk, and huge thanks to my dear friend and endless support, Stephanie Owen Reeder, for taking these photos. Huge thanks to Louise and Michelle and the team from Libraries ACT for this gorgeous opportunity and for coming along with the kids today. And thank you to Deb and Mel and the team from the Arboretum for hosting this event. 
It’s been quite a few years since I visited the Arboretum—it has grown and developed so much, I’m stunned and delighted at its beauty. I really need to return sometime this week to enjoy the walk all over again. You simply must go visit.

More pics...

MAMIE Story Walk + Author Event at the National Arboretum

Monday, 3 May 2021

Mamie is the star of Libraries ACT's latest, brilliant Story Walk initiative! Running from 1 to 9 May at the National Arboretum Canberra. And on Saturday 8 May at 10am, I will be taking kids along the walk, followed by a full Mamie book reading and signing.

Head to these links for more info, and I hope to see you there!

Click here for more information.

Click here for more information. 





WONDERFUL SHOES book trailer

Friday, 23 April 2021

A timeless tale of tip-tapping click-clacking delight. 
Wonderful Shoes is a joyful celebration of everyday play, through the eyes of our tiniest humans, who know exactly where to find the best toys in the world!
Delightful verse and vibrant illustrations shine a light on the timeless tip-tapping click-clacking fun to be had, when little feet find big shoes.
For ages 3 - 6. Available instore and online.
Windy Hollow Books, Australia, May 2021
Trailer created by the fab Romi at Books on Tour PR & Marketing

Wonderful Shoes is nearly here!

Friday, 16 April 2021

Just two weeks till Wonderful Shoes takes its
big bold step into the world! 

See more here.




I Heart the World shortlists in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Feeling kind of a whole lot more than a little bit euphoric [insert countless synonyms here!] to be shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for 2021 for I Heart the World - my heart may even be melting. This is for the Patricia Wrightson prize for children's literature. 

I'm so grateful to the State Library of New South Wales, the esteemed judges and to my amazing team at Hardie Grant Travel. We worked so hard on this book, and for me, this shortlisting is absolutely shared by my publisher Melissa Kayser, production editor Megan Cuthbert, editor Alice Barker and the rest of the team. 

Huge congrats to talents Bren MacDibble, Amelia Mellor, Sean Williams, Mike Barry and Martin Ed Chatterton for also shortlisting for the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature. Honoured to be sharing this space with you! You can read the judges' comments for all titles right here.



HALF PRICE on The Fantastical Flying Creator!

HALF PRICE on The Fantastical Flying Creator! Click the poster above for more info and to download a sample. Ends Weds 31 March.


Review: AlphaKid on Kids' Book Review

Thursday, 18 March 2021

This review from the amazing Dimity Powell, like all of her reviews, just - wow. Such evocative language and, for those of you who also write, having a reviewer not only clearly 'see' your work, but understand it... it's everything. 

And in fact, to then go on and explain, with clarity, their understanding... and en plus - ADD observations you didn't even see... well. Thanks, Dim.

'...AlphaKid: An A – Z of Antics is the latest in her cache of kids’ books exploring the natural wonders and inhabitants of planet Earth, and it’s a cracker.

There are A, B, C books and then there are A, B, C books that not only educate but necessitate repeated visits because their artwork is so captivating and their presentation so clever, they warrant closer inspection. AlphaKid falls squarely into the latter category...'

See the entire review here.



Review: Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather

Big thanks to Magpies magazine for this sensational review of Australia's Wild Weird Wonderful Weather. It's such a joy when reviewers 'get' your work! Loved working on this book with the amazing Stephanie Owen Reeder, so very much. 


Ellis Rowan and Zimmermann at the National Library of Australia

Sunday, 28 February 2021

You know those moments that send you weak at the knees, quite literally. When little peeps of glee squeak out without even thinking? When you want to melt and get an overwhelming need to lie down on the floor?


A short while ago, Zimmermann released their 2021 Wild Botanica Spring Collection and you may have noticed my endless IG Stories as I fell about in rapture over one of the most stunning collections I’ve ever had the privilege to lay eyes on. But it wasn’t until just recently that I learned the collection was inspired by another great love of mine - Ellis Rowan.

Ellis was one of Australia’s earliest botanical artists. Born in 1848, she was a remarkable woman for her time. A naturalist, artist and intrepid traveller, she had no formal art training yet exhibited all over the world - her paintings at once fastidiously artistic yet exquisitely artistic and feminine. She even trekked Papua New Guinea twice, using local guides and finding an immense variety of birds and insects.

Over 900 of Ellis Rowan’s paintings are held at the National Library of Australia and now, one of my favourite designers is showing a small collection of gowns inspired by her work. I visited today and I could not even contain my overwhelm. Can you even believe the beauty.

Fashion in the Foyer will end 11 March, so get thee there if you can! See more here. And also don't miss Birds of Paradise: Ellis Rowan in New Guinea exhibition (ends 28 March 2021). Both exhibitions are free, and you can also view the Birds of Paradise online.

(In case you're wondering, the long wattle-inspired gown and the shorter blue and red one next to it would be my faves, along with the white blossom long gown.)

ALPHAKID Colouring Pages

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Keep the kiddles busy with these colouring pages from
Just click on them to right click and save. 
Then print and get busy!



happy new year and some giveaways

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Hello, gorgeous people. 

How is 2021 shaping up for you? I've felt such a fresh new energy these past weeks (although cannot even believe it's already February!) and I'm hoping things are okay where you are. 

I've just come out of an intense few months on book one of a new picture book series with Hardie Grant Travel, and I'm looking forward to sharing more with you soon. Above is a peek at one of the images and some more, below. Do you think it may be loosely based on travel???

Dream job.

have yourself a merry little christmas

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
Our troubles will be out of sight
That's what I wish for you this year. It's been some kind of 2020 and it seems that on top of the regular stuff [we're all tired of hearing about], so many of you have had an extra challenging year. Some of you have lost loved ones, too. I am sending an extra special helping of virtual festive smooches to you.

Like most of you, I've pared back the Christmas card deliveries this year, so here is my Christmas card to you.
My decorating theme this year is 'nature with a hint of shimmer'. It nearly killed me putting this up, I'm that exhausted and over it... and to think I pared back even more than last year (indeed, each year is more simple). But I knew it would be more painful if I didn't do it. If you're anything like me, I've just let go of a lot of 'effort' this year, as everything just seemed too much. I knew that if I let go of this festive tradition, I'd be on a slippery slope to misery, so She Persisted.

And I'm so happy I did. It fills my heart every time I move around the house.

Sending you love this shimmery Christmas day. It's going to be a little different for us, again, with the kids older now, and working. We'll do an early pressie/breakfast thing then our meal will be in the evening (très European, sweetie darling, though a day late). We'll nestle into the couches, with candles and games and a massive spread of antipasto and all things deliciousness, including my annual gingerbread and fruitcake (though I'm going gluten-free for both - wish me luck). I'm doing a bombe Alaska this year, too.

So, hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.


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