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September 17, 2015

Writers in the Park, Centennial Park, Sydney. Sunday 27th September 10 am

Great new event for book lovers! Kids and adults alike are welcome to the inaugural and free

Writers in the Park logo

 Writers in the Park

at The Residences Centennial Park

on Sunday 27th September, 2015. 10 am start.

Free entry to the Writers in the Park events

Hosted by The Hughenden​ Boutique Hotel and The Residences Centennial Park

A chance to hear and meet authors and illustrators in one of the most scenic spots in Sydney

Fabulous food, fantastic books and great coffee on sale will make the day perfect, check out the links.

Full day program each for adults and for children with authors, illustrators, cartoonists, journalists, publishers, bookseller and books.

Centennial Parklands

Here’s the Program

& The Writers and Illustrators

including Jessica Rowe, Joanne McCarthy, Annabel Morely, Sunil Badami, Libby Hathorn, P M Newton, Deborah Abela, Anne Schofield, Bem Le Hunte, Lisa Heidke, Hazel Edwards, Susanne Gervay,  Susanna Freymark, Graham Rundle, Michael Parker, Philip Wilcox, Joanne Fedler,  Pamela Cook, Helen O’Dare, Robyn Arrowsmith, Maria Katsonis, Shelley Kenisberg, Reverend Gilmore, Rick Raftos, Shona Martyn and  Jane Curry.

Eastside Radio 89.7FM is setting up live podcast. See also:

#‎SimonMarnie‬ from 702 ABC Sydney is interviewing Sunil Badami on Sunday morning on ABC702 radio.- listen in.

Susan Wyndam’s column in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald

Writers in the Park poster

Centennial Parklands – Writers in the Park

Writers in the Park website

Writers in the Park Facebook Page


If you’re travelling to Sydney, why not stay at the Hughenden Hotel, 14 Queen Street Woollahra.

The Hughenden melds heritage with modern conveniences to meet individual needs. From cosy rooms to the Manor Suite, family apartments to pet-friendly rooms – with complimentary breakfast, complimentary wi-fi, guest lounge, dining, concierge services and function rooms.
Located at the crossroads of historic Woollahra and Paddington, and surrounded by designer fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes, The Hughenden is opposite Centennial Parklands and in close proximity to the SCG, Allianz Stadium, the Entertainment Quarter, with easy access to the city and Bondi Beach.
Or if you’re really feeling like a treat have a look at the Residences Centennial Park.

The Residences Centennial Parkland

The Hughenden on Facebook

The Residences Centennial Park on Facebook

November 20, 2011

It’s Picture Book Month – with the fun “Sounds Spooky” and other enchanting new picture books

Chris Cheng’s Sounds Spooky book is a great Christmas gift for young readers  

and the Sounds Spooky website is lots of fun for the kids – a definite bookmark for school holidays.

Sounds Spooky  is available from the website and ABC shops.

The Sounds Spooky website is interactive with activities such as games, craft, singalongs as well as wall posters and downloads that appeal to young readers.

Take a look at Sounds Spooky launch

Read the article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Linda Morris that describes how Sounds Spooky illustrator Sarah Davis created the marvellous sets for the illustrations in the book written by Christopher Cheng.

Also mentioned in the article are other illustrators of enchanting picture books, including Anna Pignataro who has illustrated Susanne Gervay’s picture book Ships in the Field, which will be released in February. Ships in the Field an ‘autobiographical tale of refugees’ journey to establish a home is illustrated in delicate watercolour washes by Anna Pignataro’. (Linda Morris, The Sydney Morning Herald October 31, 2011.)

November is Picture Book Month …

with lots of exciting ways to encourage reading and sharing of picture books. Christopher Cheng brings us details about what it is and what is happening for Picture Book Month: 

“What is Picture Book Month?” you ask.

It is an international initiative to designate November as Picture Book Month, encouraging everyone to read and share picture books.

In a digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

 In October 2010 The New York Times published an article, “Picture Books No Longer A Staple for Children.” The controversial article incited a barrage of responses from the children’s book industry, many in defence of the venerable picture book. In addition, the digital age has ushered in an unprecedented amount of ebooks and, with devices like the iPad, the color Nook, and the Kindle Fire, picture books are being converted to the digital format.

 So what is happening …

Every day during November picture book authors have contributed a short essay on Why Picture Books Are So Important. So far essays have been contributed by wonderful picture book creators including Katie Davis, Jane Yolen, Bruce Hale and Samantha Berger and the final day of November features Christopher Cheng. I am thrilled to have been asked to contribute my own words.

 So stop by and check out the essays, and all the rest of the material (including calendars and celebration ideas and much more) for Picture Book Month.  

Founder, Dianne de Las Casas, and Co-Founders, Katie Davis (author/illustrator) , Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator) , Tara Lazar (author) , and Wendy Martin (illustrator), are putting together their worldwide connections to make this happen.

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