Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Melbourne and More!

Loved my time in Melbourne recently!

Had a great meeting with Erica Wagner, publisher of Allen & Unwin who will be publishing my next book: a picture-poetry book called Village Child, illustrated by the multi-award winning, talented Anne Spudvilas, due out in 2014.

Anne's rough of the book's intro

A brief but nice catch-up with my agent, Jacinta di Mase and her children, at the State Library of Victoria Children's Book Festival.

I was blown away, so impressed, with this well-attended event. I heard approximately 15,000 families and children enjoyed the day.

Me just arrived at the Random House tent to promote my picture book, Meet Ned Kelly,  illustrated by Matt Adams.

While I read the book, during the afternoon, over a hundred children had fun making their own Ned Kelly masks. 

Also spied in the crowds, friends and writing colleagues Claire Saxby and Meredith Costain. 

Thanks Random House and thanks Melbourne.


  1. Janeen, what a great post- love the concept of the new book also and with a fabulous illustrator too. Would have loved to have been at that festival too- what great masks!

  2. Thanks Lorraine. It was a great event with so many wonderful sessions and experiences; something for everyone. The 'Meet Ned Kelly' book and helmets were really well received. I'm so looking forward to the development of the new book. Anne and I have worked together already on the concept and the layout. Next the full illustrations and design.x