It seems that someone at the Federal Department of Odds and Ends has been secretly reading my blog.  Since writing about the Shaun Tan exhibition I have received a letter from the Department. The strange thing about it was there was no postal stamp, so I have no idea where it […]

On a recent trip to Melbourne I went to an exhibition of Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing”.  I’ve blogged before about Shaun Tan and his work, so it should come as no surprise when I say that I was really, really excited about this exhibition and it did not disappoint. The exhibition was absolutely fantastic! As the […]

          Today I went to visit one of my favourite bookstores. It’s the one I go to when I come home. I go there to research the current market and see what picture books are out there. It has always had a great choice of kids books and I’ve never left […]

Lately I’ve been sifting through boxes, mainly to record all the books I have here at home, I’ve gathered quite the treasure trove. Amongst all the books and little trinkets, I came across an old piece of work I did in Primary school. You can read the full post here. I’m now calling this my […]

“It was an unexpected pleasure receiving my copy of ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’,  it definitely was not what I had expected at all. Having never seen the book before, I had expected the standard picture book format, seeing as it’s listed in the picture book section of the website.  What I got however was this: […]

Sometimes a book tells a story more than the words printed on its pages. Today I got a book that told a personal story. Second hand books have their own life. Often you get hints of a past life from the damage to its cover or dust jacket, the inscription inside, notes written in the […]

The smell of leather; crisp, white pages; an unbroken spine; a new notebook, Spring is here and so is the possibility of a new love.  There are many discussions about the creative process, the common argument being typed vs. handwritten. I recently read a very interesting post by a young writer, boy with a  hat, […]

We have been silent. We have been absent. Work is our reality, the reality often hindering the creativity that is Show & Tell.  That doesn’t mean we’re merely a cog in the reality clock, tick, tock…we’ve each been busy in our own way. I’ve been busy scribbling in notebooks, researching the current book market, spending […]

In a recent post on my own blog I spoke about bookshops being one of the joys of coming home.  I have continued to wander in to every bookshop I pass and I’m accumulating a little pile of beautiful books with wonderful stories, this pile is now dubbed my ‘research pile’. Earlier this week I added two […]

Whilst on our trip in Europe Bec and I found a brilliant book and could not resist buying a copy each. This find got me thinking about the convention of ‘The Book’ – front cover/back cover, endpapers, 32 pages, standard sizing, blah blah blah – and the exciting examples I have seen along the way […]