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INTERVIEW: Scott-Patrick Mitchell

How does it feel to be included in an anthology alongside David Malouf and Dorothy Porter
Amazing. At the outset I never realised that the anthology would include such great writers. When I look at the final product, I’m a little overwhelmed at being included alongside people I not only respect but immensely admire (particularly Dorothy Porter).

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Michael Thompson

How far back does your interest in picture books stretch?

I went to an exhibition of artwork from a picture book when I was in Year 2 at primary school. I loved seeing all of the artwork displayed. We spent a lot of time that year making our own picture books: planning them on huge sheets of butcher’s paper, cutting paper for the pages and binding them together with wool when we had finished. I have collected picture books for years now, especially when I love the artwork.

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INTERVIEW: Pat Dudgeon and Laura Dudgeon authors of Lilli and her Shadow

Where did the inspiration for Shadow come from?

Pat: We thought, if you were a young child who had moved towns and were lonely, wouldn’t it be good to have a secret creature to keep you company and protect you? Shadow is a friendly protective creature who loves Lilli and her mother and nanna. He lives under a special mango tree and can only be glimpsed in Uncle Bernie’s paintings. In a sense, he is passed on from one to the other.

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Poets out of the box

Fremantle Press poet, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, and editor, Wendy Jenkins, have both been included alongside literary greats David Malouf and Dorothy Porter in a new poetry anthology called Out of the Box.

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T.A.G. Hungerford prize doubles

writingWA announced today that in 2010 it will match New Edition Bookshop’s $6,000 investment and raise the T.A.G. Hungerford Award prize money to a total of $12,000.

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