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ALP Senator and women’s campaigner Pat Giles’ favourite saying was ‘give a woman an inch and she’ll park a car in it’. It’s a saying her biographers Lekkie Hopkins and Lynn Roarty have taken to heart. In this interview they discuss their relationship with Pat and the writing of their new book Among the Chosen.Read more
Fremantle Press illustrator Brian Simmonds has been short listed for a Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Crichton Award for Lighthouse Girl.Read more
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).
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.
Where did the inspiration for your story come from?
My inspiration for Beach Sports Car came from two sources – my childhood memories of Useless Loop and the inventiveness of my father.
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.