National Bookshop Day

This Saturday I’ll be at the Dorothy Butler Bookshop in Ponsonby, Auckland celebrating National Bookshop Day and the launch of How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear in New Zealand! Come on down Saturday 27th at 11.00am. Hope to see you there! 🦔🐾📚 🌎

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Spark Children's Book Panel Talk

Hello folks, it's been a while since I've posted here... If you want to keep more up to date with goings on see my instagram page. Just letting you know I've been asked to be part of an awesome panel of children's illustrators at the SPARK International Festival during Hamilton Book Month. The lovely Kat Merewether, Donovan Bixley and James Russell are also on the panel with me, so if you are a fan of children's books, lock Tuesday 7th August from 5-7pm in the calendar!

Check out the spark programme as there are loads of other creative industry talks and workshops happening too!  https://www.spark.net.nz

Bologna Children's Book Fair 2018

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We have spent this past week attending our third Bologna Children's book fair and it's been wonderful! For starters Bologna, the city itself is a hive of activity over this week with exhibitions and events popping up all over the place. The Fair itself is a visual feast with Illustration on display at every turn, great talks and conferences and lots of meetings and introductions to new and interesting people. Here are a couple of highlights...

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We were invited to an exhibition opening called 'The Horse'. Featuring a variety of Latvian illustrators/authors and their interpretation of what kind of story a horse might tell. Our lovely friend Ruta Briede had work featured in it and there was a beautiful catalogue to accompany it.

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Also got to see the exhibition called 'The Forest' which featured illustrations by some of my favourite italian illustrators, Valerio Vidali and Violeta Lopiz. The artworks are from a book with the same name written by Riccardo Bozzi. The exhibition was held in Zoo cafe and I thought it was really creative the way they had incorporated the elements of paper cut and paintings into the actual display of the work. It was also great to see some of the process and storyboarding, as well as the final artworks. 

All in all, we had so much fun and it was over before you knew what had happened! Onwards to London for the London Book Fair which takes place in a weeks time! 

Storylines Notable Book Awards

And the winner is ... INSPECTOR BRUNSWICK! 🏆🐱🐶🔍 I am delighted to announce that Inspector Brunswick - The Case of the Missing Eyebrow has won a Storylines Notable Book Award!! Chris and I are chuffed!  A huge congratulations to all the writers and illustrators shortlisted, and especially to Joy Cowley (ONZ), Gavin Bishop, Dame Lynley Dodd, Fifi Colston, and Donovan Bixley to name just a few of the many talented people we admire in that list. You can check out the list of winners on the booksellers website here