At the end of 2015, I had the hon­our of vis­it­ing Inter­na­tion­al Gram­mar School in Syd­ney to address the Year Sev­en cohort about Empire of the Waves. It was an espe­cial­ly won­der­ful hon­our for me, invit­ed as the guest of …

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In some­thing of a home­com­ing, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak at the Trin­i­ty Gram­mar School Prepara­to­ry School assem­bly about Empire of the Waves in mid-Novem­ber. Since I wrote this nov­el as a kind of let­ter to my strange and …

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Last week I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the last assem­bly of the term at Cam­denville Pub­lic School in New­town. On the invi­ta­tion of Prin­ci­pal Sue Smith — a fel­low lover of fan­ta­sy lit­er­a­ture — I had the hon­our of …

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Kid’s Book Review is one of the best online resources for lovers of Aus­tralian chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, and Aus­tralian lovers of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. It’s a place brim­ming with reviews and inter­views and resources for read­ers of all ages, par­ents, stu­dents, teachers …

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Word and image are alchem­i­cal­ly bound in children’s lit­er­a­ture. Lewis Carroll’s Alice is John Tenniel’s Alice. Ken­neth Grahame’s Rat and Mole and Toad are E.H. Shepard’s too. Of course, thou­sands of artists have illus­trat­ed these words in the gen­er­a­tions since …

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