Hello, 2015!

Noelene Knows Best

Robert Moore’s latest picture book, Noelene Knows Best, has just been released. One of Robert’s short stories was the basis for a short film, Mother Tongue, created by students at ACArts Film and Television Department. The film screened at The Mercury Cinema on December 7th.

Rosanne Hawke held an Adventure Writing Workshop for primary school-aged children at the Barossa Library on Monday 12th January.

Ruth Starke has written the first episode of an exciting new serial, “The Boy With the Silver Eyes”, which starts in the Advertiser on Saturday 31 January, and runs every day for three weeks. Each new episode will be written by a different primary school class, and Ruth will write the concluding chapter.

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eKids’ news…

Ruth Starke and Greg Holfeld are very pleased to announce that Captain Congo will be starring in a completely new comic adventure, The Mystery of Mau’, in all editions of The School Magazine throughout 2015. Ruth’s novel Nips XI, first printed in 2000, has been reprinted by Hachette this month. This follows a reprint in 2013, with ten previous editions.

Janeen Brian was pleased that her poem, brother wool, won Highly Commended at the recent 2014 Ipswich International Poetry Feast. View the poem on her website in the POETRY section here.

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News from eKids…

An extract from Ruth Starke’s novel NIPS XI is included in Macmillan Education Australia’s 2014 English curriculum textbook.

Kristin Weidenbach‘s picture book Tom the Outback Mailman was the feature title of the children’s book area at the Clunes Booktown Festival 2014. Kristin was interviewed at the festival on channel 7’s Sunrise program on Sunday morning. The children’s area included props from the book and several illustrations reproduced from the book on giant panels. Check out the telecast here.

Janeen Brian’s picture-poetry book, Our Village in the Sky, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas and published by Allen& Unwin, is now released. The poems are based on observations when Janeen lived for a month during summer in a remote village in the region of Spiti, in the Himalayan Mountains. Readings and signing at Collins Booksellers Edwardstown on Saturday, 2nd August at 1pm. Janeen has also produced text for the Nursery dance performance for babies. Check the blog about Stage 1 of its development on her Facebook page or website. Nursery opened its season in Brisbane at ‘Out of the Box’, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Festival for Children under 8, in June-July 2014.

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Best-sellers, TV stars and naked moons…


Mandy Foot’s Old MacDonald had a Farm, first published in 2009, was officially Hachette Australia’s No. 1 Best Selling Picture Book for 2013 and No. 4 in Australia.

Marianne Musgrove’s book, Forget-me-not Fairies (Hinkler Books), illustrated by Patricia McCarthy, will be translated into Latvian, Lithuanian, Afrikaans, Estonian, Georgian and Portuguese. Marianne is also one of several Australian children’s poets featured in the newly released bi-lingual poetry anthology for kids, When the Moon is Swimming Naked: Australasian Poetry for the Chinese Youngster (ASM Poetry, Flying Island Books, ed. Kit Kelen and Mark Carthew).

Janeen Brian‘s two stories, Millie the Frog, and Archie the Superhero  have been published in Random House’s new anthologies, Stories for Girls and Stories for Boys. Janeen’s picture book I’m a Dirty Dinosaur will be featured in a recording of the television show, Home and Away. In the storyline, one of the characters (Heath Braxton) is reading the book to his son.

Robert Moore‘s short story, ‘Mother Tongue’ has been chosen from over fifty Australia wide submissions by ACArts Film and Television Department to become a film produced by third year students. Production commences after Easter.

Ruth Starke was shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her biography-in-progress of the late SA Premier, Don Dunstan. An extract from Ruth’s novel NIPS XI is included in Macmillan Education Australia’s 2014 English curriculum textbook.

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A busy year for eKIDnas…

Robert Moore will be interviewed about his latest book Hard Pressed by Peter Goers on Friday, November 15 on ABC 891 at 8pm. Hard Pressed will be launched by Allayne Webster on Sunday November 17 at 3pm in the John Harvey Gallery Salisbury. Sue Fleming from Professional Writing ACArts is MC. Everyone is welcome!

Katrina Germein has a brand new website: katrinagermein.com

twinmakerSean Williams’ new YA novel TWINMAKER is out now from Allen & Unwin: twinmakerbooks.com

Marianne Musgrove’s children’s novel The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013 (upper primary category) and the 2013 Children’s Peace Literature Award (Older Readers).

Janeen Brian’s book Eddie Pipper was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2013 (lower primary category).  Her picture book I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, illustrated by Ann James, will be published in USA by Kane Miller in 2014 and has been selected as one of Dymocks: 50 BOOKS YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN. Janeen toured Tasmania, NT and Alice Springs as part of the Get Reading 2013! project. Oriental Babies & Kids Limited have secured the Chinese Simple rights for I’m a Dirty Dinosaur—first print run, 20,000 copies!

Ruth Starke’s and Greg Holfeld’s comic serial Captain Congo: The Perils of Pug will feature in all editions of The School Magazine throughout 2014.

Rosanne Hawke’s YA novel The Messenger Bird won the 2013 Cornish Holyer an Gof award for YA fiction and also the inaugural Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup for children’s and YA literature.

Mandy Foot’s Captain Kangaroo and the Footy Final, published by Hachette Australia, is now available in bookstores and online in hardback and paperback version (the paperback comes with its own snap cards!)

Claire Richards is exhibiting at the Mitcham Council Chambers Foyer Gallery, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park. The exhibition runs from the 29th October – 2nd December and gallery Opening times are Monday – Friday, 9 – 5. Artists include: Ali Durham, Sarah Hnarakis, Polina Kniazeva, Claire Richards, Robin Tatlow-Lord, Nino Trentinella and Janet Trotta.

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June/July news…

FT front coverMarianne Musgrove is delighted to announce the release of her new book, Forget-me-not Fairies (Hinkler Books), illustrated by Patricia McCarthy. The Portuguese translation rights have also been sold. Marianne’s fifth novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge, has been short listed for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction.

Janeen Brian‘s poem How do you carry your cat? was published in the June edition of Countdown, The School Magazine.

Katrina Germein‘s new picture book Somebody’s House, illustrated by Anthea Stead, has received a swag of lovely reviews since its publication last month: ‘A treat to be shared’, Fran Knight, Read Plus and ‘This book is a beauty and you’ll want it in your house’ Peta Keown, Kids Book Review. Katrina’s picture book My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, illustrated by Tom Jellett, debuted at #15 on the American Booksellers Association’s National Indie Children’s Illustrated bestseller list. Read more on Katrina’s website.

Rosanne Hawke‘s young adult novel The Messenger Bird has been nominated in the 2013 Holyer an Gof awards in Cornwall. Winners will be announced in July.

Vikki Wakefield’s Friday Brown has been shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the WA Premier’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction and longlisted for the Gold Inky.

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New books: That Boy, Jack and Shut the Duck Up!

ThatBoyJackJaneen Brian invites you to celebrate her new historical novel That Boy, Jack on Monday, 10th June @ 1.30pm at Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar Gardens, launched by author Rosanne Hawke. There will be a reading, signing, door prizes and a Cornish afternoon tea plus live entertainment by members of the Adelaide Cornish Choir and the Celtic Daughters. Please RSVP by Friday 31st May to 0488 387 999 or to janeen@janeenbrian.com.

That Boy, Jack will also be launched at the Cornish Festival (Kernewek Lowender) in Yorke Peninsula SA this week at The Kadina Community Library on Thursday 23rd at 11am and again at Moonta Library on Friday 24th at 9am.

ShuttheDuckUpMandy Foot’s latest children’s book published by Hachette Australia, is now available in bookstores and online and it’s one straight from the farmyard.

Shut the Duck Up! is the hilarious story of one noisy, determined duck and a sneaky fox who, together, create farmyard chaos.

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