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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