Archive for August, 2010

Storylines Exhibition

Squish Rabbit might be a little shy, but he can occasionally be drawn out into the spotlight. He was just days ago when he made his debut in a local exhibition called Storylines 2, which is being held at Gallery M (Adelaide) until the 29th of this month. The exhibition has been described as:

An exhibition of original artwork exploring the illustration process from concept sketches through to the final publication of children’s picture books

Hop on over if you’d like to see some fabulous art from illustrators such as Sally Heinrich, Claire Richards and Amanda Graham as well as a special installation by Marianne Musgrove and some of Janeen Brian‘s playful poetry.

Squish Rabbit and me

Claire Richards with her gorgeous art and books (she was also the creative force behind the exhibition)

Janeen Brian and Claire Richards being silly over one of Janeen's poems

Squish Cupcakes

How is it that friends always know when you need a pick me up? On the way back from the Whitsunday Voices festival I stopped through Brisbane, my old home town. Not only was I exhausted from several days of speaking (I had a talk on the Gold Coast after the festival also), but I was starting to get sick and being back in Brisbane made me realise how home sick I was too. Even so, I was really looking forward to catching up with my writing girls (all our token males were off doing other things).

Back LtoR: Chris Bongers, Lynn Priestley, Sheryl Gwyther, Julie Nickerson, Angela Sunde. Front: Belinda Jeffrey, me, Kathleen Noud - Tina Marie Clark was also there

It was a pretty normal kind of lunch – catching up, writing gossip, bubbles and laughs – until half way through when they blindfolded me. I wasn’t exactly sure where things would go from there. There’d been threats of hens night style entertainment having been organised. Luckily it was a more palatable surprise:

Squish Rabbit cupcakes! (not to be confused with squished rabbit cupcakes) The lovely Lynn Priestley organised it all, from the cupcake cooking to the pink floral wrapping. She also made some special ones for Sheryl Gwyther’s latest book, which we were also celebrating. And they didn’t just look good, they tasted good too…

About this Blog…

A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

All text & images  Katherine Battersby

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