Posts Tagged 'New York'

Visual Diary #5

A beautiful New York Valentine’s Day – a Vietnamese feast, chocolate and karaoke in K-town:

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Chinese New Year – Happy year of the rabbit!

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Sadly, the end of my US diary and the end of my travels:

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This is the final instalment of my US diary posts. I have, however, continued the practise of regular scribbles in my visual diary … so I’ll post up images from it occasionally. Apart from that, next post we’ll be back to regular scheduling :)

Visual Diary #4

How I felt wandering around the Museum of Modern Art (on my own):

Image inspired by an almost completely unrelated sculpture at the MoMA:

A Chelsea vacuum cleaner store, which randomly had a bronze statue of a kid playing a sax in the window:

Visual Diary #3

A successful shopping trip (one of the stores was called ‘Strawberry’):

An odd stall at the Chelsea markets:

Two Jewish men discussing the weather:

Still more to come…

Visual Diary #2

Trying to order a small hot chocolate at Starbucks:

Serena’s hallucination of the Chess and Checkers Visitor Centre in central park:

Brain food I grabbed on the way to the SCBWI conference each morning:

More to come…

Visual Diary #1

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been keeping a kind of visual diary of different things that have happened along the way on my US trip. I’ve collected conversations, cultural oddities, random thoughts, strange happenings and characters from the streets of New York, trying in some way to capture a collage of the day to day of my travels.

I began with the above array of pens, moleskin diary (never leave home without one!) and glue stick. Here are some of the pages so far…

On the plane from Brisbane to LA:

Hopping on the plane to New York:

The strangely named US towns we flew over:

I’ll post more oddities as I capture them…

The Big Apple

As some may remember, last year I received a travel grant to attend the New York Winter SCBWI conference, as well as meet my publisher and US agent. Over a week ago, after boarding a plane, travelling backwards through time and flying over oceans and ice, Squish Rabbit and I landed in the frosty Big Apple.

Unprepared for the freezing conditions (I’m no snow bunny), the first thing I did was head out shopping. Ok, so it wasn’t just because I was unprepared … there were some incredible winter sales with awesome hats and boots and coats luring me into stores. Needless to say it was a successful shopping trip.

The SCBWI conference was incredible, with many inspiring talks and presentations on everything from digital publishing and picture books, to crossover novels and writing humour (Mo Willems!). Lots to take away, and I’ve left with a growing urge to dive back into my stories.

While over here I’ve been lucky enough to have the company of a number of lovely Aussie authors and illustrators. I spent the most time with Serena Geddes, Tina Burke and James Foley – all incredibly talented and whose books you should check out. After the conference we got up to all sorts of shenanigans, including: iceskating, pizza and gelato in times square, snow fights, Irish pubbery, late night hot chocolates (and maybe some cocktails), Chinese New Year (year of the rabbit!) and plenty of random meandering.

I’ve been keeping a visual diary while here, filled with ticket stubs and a muddle of found objects with scratchings and scribbles over the top. I’ll put some up over the next few days, but for now I’m going to go take another big bite out of that apple…

The City That Never Sleeps

Sometimes the world works in strange ways. Wonderful, but strange. You may remember late last year I attended a workshop on applying for grants (and blogged about some of the things I learned), then in October I had a go at applying for a well renowned scholarship.

One of the many reasons I was applying was with the far flung hope of being able to travel to New York to meet my publisher. I knew the winners of the scholarships were being announced in March, so as the March days trickled by I accepted that I wasn’t one of them. Still really hoping to be able to meet my publisher, I started investigating other possible grants for writers. I made a shortlist of about three I was eligible for, and on the final day of March I sat down to begin writing my applications.

As my fingers hovered over the keyboard, I got a call on my mobile. And nearly dropped it. It was a delightful lady, ringing to tell me that I had been awarded a 2010 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. For a writer, I was embarrassingly lost for words.

The scholarships were established by John Chisholm Marten and commenced in 1967 as a way to support young artists. Their website describes the awards as follows:

The … Scholarships provide support for young Australians in a variety of categories to help them further their cultural education and achieve their dreams. They are awarded each year for study, maintenance and travel either in Australia or overseas.

The scholarship will span over two years, and true to their word it will allow me to access opportunities that have so far been purely the stuff of dreams. So it turns out I will get to meet my publisher, next year in January while I’m in New York for the annual SCBWI Winter Conference. I’ll also get to attend some other conferences, research a series of middle grade novels set in South America, research a new YA novel I’m currently planning set in the UK, plus have some dedicated writing time away from other commitments.

They’re lucky they didn’t wait a day longer to call me, as April 1st being what it is, I never would have believed them…


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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