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Oh I wish I’d taken some photos yesterday at the show! The performance of The Night Garden and Peter & the Wolf at the Melbourne Recital Centre was so great. It was a full house of kids and parents who were all astoundingly unwriggly! What can I say? I was SO proud and happy with […]

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The Night Garden & Peter and the Wolf

Well here’s a gorgeous double. You might remember that last year my book “The Night Garden” was set to music and animated by the Melbourne Recital Centre. Well, they are bringing it to life again and this time they are teaming it with the classic “Peter and the Wolf”. I remember lying on the couch […]

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Mini night garden

Oh look what came in the post today! A whole new edition of the Night Garden… In MINIATURE. It’s so cute! I don’t know about you but I love little books – the littler the better. I wonder just how small they could get this one? Palm-sized would be cool x e

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The show

Yesterday was such a thrill! I had never been inside the Melbourne Recital Centre before. We arrived early with the boys and went to a backstage rehearsal room to feed them. It was fun to be back of house again – I’ve seen a few different spaces over the years through work and I love […]

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Big day for Sally & Strange

Tomorrow is the big day for the performance of “The Night Garden” and “The Rainbirds” at the Melbourne Recital Centre! I can’t wait! It’s the beginning of the school holidays so if you’re looking for something to do we’d love to see you. There will be beautiful orchestral music, animation and Sally Rippin, illustrator of […]

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Here are some fantastic drawings sent to me from a little school in Australia by some very talented kids!! Thanks so much for sending them in! If you know someone who would like to have a go at drawing their own Night Garden – you can download them here . They print out at A4 […]

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New page – look right…

Hello teachers, parents and kids. There’s a new page here (top right) called SCHOOL THINGS. It has colouring-in sheets, a word jumble, the sheet of images of “Strange” the cat from The Night Garden, and a rogue’s gallery of some of the pictures I’ve created when visiting schools – as directed by the kids in […]

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books for a good home

I’ve heard that it’s been really really REALLY hard to buy The Night Garden at times. Which is pretty frustrating given all of the attention it’s been getting with the shortlisting and the play touring around. The news is… there’s another reprint hitting our shores now and I’ve been assured that the problems are over. […]

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Hellooo new friends. We just had a great chat as part of the Online Literature Festival (hosted by The Learning Place). I talked to lots of highly intelligent kids (or possibly mutant robots – I couldn’t see) and answered a LOT of great questions. It was all happening pretty quickly – if I didn’t answer […]

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The singing Bush

Yesterday I finally saw the play of The Night Garden by the Tony Bones performers. It was brilliant! I watched them set up in a room at Abbotsford Primary – interesting to see them be so fully self-contained with their own stage, curtains, sound and lighting… They had songs and dances, puppets for the part […]

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