Interviews

The books that fuel Angela Lober’s botanic art

Glebe-based botanical artist and teacher Angela Lober reads for relaxation and to fuel her artistic endeavours. In May 2017, her work featured in Botanica, an exhibition of botanical art held in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Her striking portrait of a Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa, pictured), with its unusual black background, was a highlight of the

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Jane Austen offers wise advice for modern life

Looking for love, happiness, success, comfort and friendship?—then Jane Austen’s Tips for Success has you covered. Colleen Sattler has gathered in one volume a raft of wonderful quotes about life from Austen’s 19th century novels. The tips are timeless, she says in this Q&A, and showcase Austen’s sharp wit and reassuring wisdom. The quotes drip from

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Which books inspire Emilia Simcox in her stage and graphic design?

Erskineville-based designer and scenic artist Emelia Simcox reads fiction and non-fiction for pleasure. She also devours art and reference books to inspire colour, form and texture in her work. In 2016, she painted three shows for the Sydney Theatre Company—Hamlet Prince of Skidmark (‘really funny and theatrical’), A Flea in Her Ear (‘over the top

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Why Owen Reeder’s Lennie is so legendary and loveable

Stephanie Owen Reeder’s book Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony won the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in the 2016 Children’s Book Council Awards. In this Q&A she describes her three-year journey with Lennie—the boy who rode a horse on his own from Victoria to Sydney to be at the opening of

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Kelly’s ‘Jewel Sea’ is a gem … and you can win one

Kim Kelly’s new novel, Jewel Sea, an astonishing historical fiction, is on sale in September! As part of the official blog tour, here’s an interview between Kelly and author Patrick Lenton. The story in Jewel Sea is based on the loss of a real Australian ship, the Koombana – what about the story of the

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Don’t be sheepish: Booth’s new picture book is fun

Sheep on the loo, sheep making sandwiches, sheep reading books and filling up the house … writer/illustrator Christina Booth’s new book Too Many Sheep is tickling children with its absurdity and making them laugh. In this Q&A Booth talks about sheep, studying the anatomy of Tasmanian Devils so she could draw them right, receiving the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Award

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Parker’s bug story and jelly bean tree pics are treats for young readers

Two children’s picture books out this year showcase writer/illustrator Aura Parker’s keen creativity and offer readers some delightful treats. In this Q&A Parker talks about the playful process of pairing words and pictures, the joys of reading aloud with children, and her excitement that children will soon be able to explore her miniature bug world. Your

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Storer’s literary larder offers tasty treats in 2016

Award-winning author Jen Storer uses infectious humour, outlandish language and a distinctive narrative voice to lure readers through her picture books for young children and darker tales aimed at middle-grade readers. In this Q&A she reveals how healthy neglect can benefit a story, why reading aloud is important, and how farmer Clarrie and his quirky

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Heiss breaks barriers to big lives and literacy for Indigenous kids and communities

Acclaimed Indigenous author Anita Heiss knows reading opens doors. Her own books and her work with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation are helping to break down barriers and getting good books into the Australian communities that need them most. Harry’s Secret is her latest creative contribution to this important cause. In 2015 you released Harry’s Secret, which

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McCartney’s ‘Smile Cry’ conveys complex feelings to children

Tania McCartney’s new picture book Smile Cry is published in Australia this April and offers a unique and subtle exploration of children’s emotions. It’s also the tip of the iceberg in terms of McCartney’s amazing creative output—which is almost as huge as her love of raspberries! What’s unique about your new picture book, Smile Cry

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