This image is one of five illustrations Jon Bauer did for the 1908 publication of Helena Nyblom’s Svanhamnen. Bauer was a wonderful Swedish artist and illustrator, best known for his illustrations of folk and fairy tales. His detailed, imaginative and emotionally engaging compositions influenced other artists working on children’s illustration, … Continue reading

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Next year my novel, Rupetta, will be released through Tartarus Press. It’s been a long time coming, which is a story all on its own. The novel’s main character is a four hundred year old mechanical woman – not a robot – who comes to life/consciousness in 1619. I chose … Continue reading

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Small Indiscretions

In 2009, Felicity Castagna visited Olvar Wood. She was one of four recipients of an Olvar Wood Fellowship Award, alongside Paul Garretty, Les Zigomanis and Kylie Mulcahy. We had the pleasure of reading Felicity’s work, and of working with her as part of the Fellowship as she further developed her … Continue reading

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Over at The Guardian they have a very cool series in the ‘Children’s Books’ section where various illustrators provide instructions on illustrating for young artists. My favourite is by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers is an artist and illustrator. We have a few of Jeffers’s books about the house, including one of … Continue reading

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The Wine-Dark Sea

An extract from my work in progress has been published in the latest issue of Kurungabaa, alongside some great fiction, poetry and non-fiction. There’s an essay by Chris Morgan called ‘Surfing with Camus’, poetry by e e cummings, John Egan and Gail Willems, and some great writing on surf, sea … Continue reading

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