The Rabbit Hole. A simple concept concocted by Kate Eltham of the Queensland Writers Centre to encourage us to peel ourselves off the couch, stop making endless cups of coffee and actually finish those WIPs. The aim is to write 30,000 words (you can set your own Word Target) in 3 days or at least type THE END. Kate is calling for all procrastinators, those who've run out of bottom adhesive and any other insane individuals up for the personal challenge to join her at QWC in Brisbane on Friday 8 July, Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July. You can also join in online, add your own updates and stay connected via a special QWC Facebook Page. You'll need to supply your own laptop and food in both instances. Sound like the motivation you need? Register now by emailing RabbitHoleWriting@gmail.com
After all it is the Year of the Rabbit. What better way to celebrate than with a completed manuscript. See you down there...
is a community-driven organisation of passionate men and women,
dedicated to supporting the many families affected by domestic and
Rizeup Founder and CEO, Nicolle Edwards works tirelessly to re-home, re-educate and assist those affected by abuse with special emphasis on the children involved in home violence and the associated upheaval. She actively seeks news ways to reach out and touch victims hoping to connect with them and support them in positive ways.
I am gratified beyond measure that she regards my picture book, At The End of Holyrood Lane a useful way of reaching out to those in need. Thank you Nicolle and RizeUp for your unqualified support and selfless work. Here is what she has to say.
Not even the voices in my head told me this couldn't be done - to write a picture book addressing domestic violence in a way that gives hope, raises awareness and above all, endears young readers to question and empathise.
I'm thrilled those voices remained silent for it allowed me to hear Flick's story clearly enough to massage it into the picture book that is, At The End of Holyrood Lane. And today, I welcome this story and Flick into the world.
For those lucky enough to live in the top eastern corner of Australia, please join me and Susanne Gervay for the official launch of this special picture book. Click on invitation for full event details.
First impressions count. They are (for me) seldom wrong. However, like a painting on the wall, a second, closer look can often enhance if not alter those first gut reactions. Closer inspection often reveals hitherto unseen beauties secreted among shadows laden with meaning. This is precisely why I adore picture books.
My first impression of Georgie Donaghey’s,In the Shadow of an Elephant was that it was an immense story; a picture book attempting to embrace a life story as boundless as the African Savannah, just as brutal and beautiful. Even the magnificent front cover of Lualani the elephant required a full cover wrap to encompass her complete gorgeous form.