A few years ago, Janelle McMahon, The Gap High School head librarian asked me to paint four of the working doors in the school library, just to make it more interesting to students. It was a marvelous experience planning and working in situ, in full view of students, teaches and library staff. Each of the doors has its own story… Read More The Element Doors have found a new home in 2018
My guest author today is Emma Middleton. Emma is a Queensland author (and illustrator) whose delightful picture book, The Lion in our Living Room has just been released with Affirm Press. The book’s illustrator is Briony Stewart. Emma, tell us about your experience of writing this book: In the early stages of writing The Lion… Read More What’s new in picture books … Emma Middleton talks about her ‘inner lion’
I feel sorry for the crows around our way. It’s the summer holidays and the local school is empty of kids – there’re no rubbish bins to scavenge from for the odd Vegemite sandwiches or half-eaten bananas. So the resident flock of noisy crows have gone off on their own little holiday somewhere where the… Read More Ode to crows … and poetry
Originally posted on Feathers of the Firebird:
Small Beginnings–in the wilds of far north Queensland, by Sheryl Gwyther With sisters and cousin–I’m the cheeky one! Is creativity part of our genetic makeup? Perhaps. But I know for sure – living an unrestricted, happy-go-lucky childhood in far north Queensland in the early 60s was the genesis…
It’s Queensland’s turn to host a celebration of THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE‘s Centenary! Back in 1916, as the world grappled with the horrors of World War I, the New South Wales Department of Education had a brave and brilliant idea: to give primary school children their own free high-quality literary magazine. So while hardships related to… Read More Queensland news – THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE celebrates 100 years!
Authors are funny animals. We inhabit storybook worlds; and sometimes reside in our characters’ heads. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of fictional characters coming to life. Adversity McAllister is someone you won’t know yet, but soon you will. She’s the young protagonist in my completed manuscript, SWEET ADVERSITY. The only child of travelling Shakespearean actors, 12-year-old Addie… Read More On making a character live … the inside story
Today, 211 years ago, a storyteller was born in Odense, Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen became a prolific writer – of poems, travelogues, novels and plays … but it is for his fairy tales that he is most remembered and treasured. Sad, clever, joyous and poignant, and always with a message to be a better, finer… Read More What I learned from Hans Christian Andersen