It is only three weeks until the launch of my new #kids #bookapp

It is only three weeks until the launch of my new #kids #bookapp

I am off to the US soon so I am studying my favourite #NYC travel guide … It is really very good #picturebook

I am off to the US soon so I am studying my favourite #NYC travel guide … It is really very good #picturebook

Tye Cattanach talks about the importance of social networking. Great advice @PenguinTeachers #kidslit #SCBWI

Tye Cattanach talks about the importance of social networking. Great advice @PenguinTeachers #kidslit #SCBWI

My forthcoming book app will be on display at Interactivity CHI2014

I am thrilled that my soon to be released book app has been selected for #Interactivity at #CHI2014. This is the premier international conference for Human-Computer Interaction #HCI.
Many thanks to the organising committee. I am looking forward to putting together this exhibit.

Standing room only at Drop by Drawing #NGV with  Minna Gillian. Great way to spend Sunday afternoon.

Standing room only at Drop by Drawing #NGV with Minna Gillian. Great way to spend Sunday afternoon.

A section we are working on for the all-ages Giant Collective Canvas #NGV #melbournenow #JoiningForces

A section we are working on for the all-ages Giant Collective Canvas #NGV #melbournenow #JoiningForces

Myer Christmas Windows 2013

Can someone please tell me why the Myer Christmas windows story is AGAIN written by an American? I have no quarrel with US writers. But surely in this beautiful UNESCO City of Literature they could have found a local writer? In the past five years I can only recall this huge writing/design contract going to US or UK children’s authors. It was way back in 2007 when a local children’s author, Graeme Base, was featured. Surely Melbourne did not receive its UNESCO status for nothing! Surely we have writers of note. Of course we do. I could list so many notable local children’s authors, so many that the Myer Christmas Windows stories be penned by locals until 2040! This is an event that is supported by City of Melbourne. It should be a showcase for local talant (as should Myer displays in other cities, particularly if they are supported or funded by city councils). This event could be associated with Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature status - this status could be used as a marketing point. I believe that this contract should only be open to local (or at the very least Australian) writers, illustrators and designers. Particularly as it is an event that is suported by the City of Melbourne.

The new @scbwiaustralia Victorian committee met this morning: great planning session with hot tea & an impressive cheese platter

The new @scbwiaustralia Victorian committee met this morning: great planning session with hot tea & an impressive cheese platter

I have been momentarily distracted from #melbournenow by the @ngv_melbourne shop and this fab Italian picture book.

I have been momentarily distracted from #melbournenow by the @ngv_melbourne shop and this fab Italian picture book.

Excerpt from Maree Clarke’s beautiful work on Indigenous Australian mourning @ngv_melbourne #melbournenow

Excerpt from Maree Clarke’s beautiful work on Indigenous Australian mourning @ngv_melbourne #melbournenow