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ILF team flying into spinifex country

The Spinifex Writers Camp, 2016

For the third consecutive year I have been privileged to take part in a creative program with kids at Tjuntjuntjara School in Spinifex country in remote WA.
It’s an inspirational collaboration between Tjuntjuntjara School and the Indigenous Literature Foundation (ILF). This year 10 children from 4 schools had travelled huge distances to take part. Most arrived in troopies after a twelve hour drive with their clutch of teachers and relatives. Gregg Dreise, Judy Watson and, I with Tina Raye and Cindy from the ILF from the east, connected in Kalgoorlie and flew in on a little plane.

Hosted by the generous Tjuntjun school family, the four days was chock-a-block full of work, play, food and sleep. 

Judy whipped away some of the art and showed us the magic of Photoshop. We were a grand mix. There was so much energy. A bit of talk about story, some puddling and playing with yum art materials got us cracking. Then all revved up and focused by Gregg’s lively story shaping recipe, the writing began.

Together the kids created a great story - each teased out their own chapter, creating fantastic art to illustrate it.  Amazingly it shaped itself in the end, a work of magic from the team of kids and adults. On the last night the Tjuntjuntjara community filled the library to hear the kids talk about their experience - and Tina announced it will soon be a real book, designed by Judy Watson, published by the ILF, for children all around Australia to read!

Ann James

         One of the girls drawing with her story wire
NAIDOC Week July 3 -10

A chance to celebrate Indigenous culture with some great Children's picture books including …

Gregg Dreise's new book Mad Magpie (Magabala Books) and;
Terry Denton & Mark Greenwood’ s most recent collaboration Boomerang & Bat (Allen & Unwin).
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The theme 2016 is Songlines
Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore. Through learning more about Songlines and how they connect people to Country and the Country to people, we can celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
Federation Square Book Market
Saturday July 23

Guest illustrator Ann James
Time: 12noon - 5pm

Illustrator/author Ann James will be demonstrating on the big screen between 12noon and 5pm.

A chance to have a chat to a creator and have some books personally signed.

Ann’s latest picture books include Bird & Bear and the very Special Day (The Five Mile Press) and I’m a Hungry Dinosaur (Penguin Books Australia).
Four new prints have been released!

Throwing Sprinkles, limited edition print, from I'm a Hungry Dinosaur, $90

Sticks and Shadows, limited edition print, from Bird and Bear and the very Special Day, $90
New Signed Books and Limited Edition Giclee Prints

Charlotte Lance has written and illustrated several children`s books including A Really Super Hero and I Have a Dog (An Inconvenient Dog). The detailed worlds she creates have stories within stories, and her illustrations are hilariously lively. As the mother of two wild boys she often draws on her everyday life for inspiration and hilarity.

Charlotte Lance on Books Illustrated
Illustration Inspiration

We are inspired by books created in Australia and overseas.
This month we'd like to share the The White Cat and the Monk, published by Walker Books UK, a new picture book written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Sydney Smith. The story is a retelling of the poem ‘Pangur Ban’ that inspired the character of Pangur Ban in the Oscar – nominated film, The Secret of Kells.

Sydney Smith is the illustrator of Footpath Flowers a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book.

The Globe and the Mail Video - Drawing With: How this illustrator uses his own stencils to paint beautiful kids' books
Watch the video here
Other July events and awards
The Hush Treasure Book Exhibition continued...
April 11 - Sept 16 
Dromkeen Homestead

This exhibition showcases original illustrations from this rich collection of stories by a selection of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators. A feature is the sculptures created for the cover image by Kevin Burgemeestre. 
Buy the Hush Treasure book

Jeannie Baker's latest picture book, Circle, comes to life in this remarkable travelling exhibition. 

Australian National Maritime Museum
Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 19 May 2016
Included in the FREE galleries ticket.

Each year, Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri) undertake the longest unbroken migration of any animal when they fly from their breeding grounds in Alaska to Australia and New Zealand. They follow invisible pathways in the sky, which they have followed for thousands of years.

In order to create Circle, Jeannie journeyed across the globe to observe Godwits – to the wild, remote landscapes of Alaska and then to China and South Korea. Her work conveys the sheer wonder of this giant migratory ‘circle of life’, but also reminds us to reflect on the importance of the world’s remaining wetlands.

The combination of exquisitely detailed and textured collages with the fascinating science of our natural world has created an exhibition celebrating the Godwit’s remarkable flight as it comes full circle.

This exhibition will tour nationally.

Book Here
July with the Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh's It’s your story Calendar July theme is Grow a Story visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. The illustration for July's theme is inspired by Leigh's Old Tom series.

We are excited to announce that Leigh Hobbs has released a series of original artworks available for sale.

Old Tom Portrait, character study, unpublished, $280
Pen, ink and watercolour
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Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate.
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