Awards, events and releases... It's all happening here at Ford Street!
2014 has started strong for Ford Street with a wonderful reception for our new picture books. Joining our 2013 release Flora’s War, Pamela Rushby’s YA Gallipoli novel, The Poppy by Andrew Plant introduces younger readers to the history of ANZAC Day and is an important addition to any collection. Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville is a sensitive and poetic book that addresses depression in children.
We are terrifically excited about our many upcoming releases (see below for details) and exhausted but thrilled over our imminent move to a cool new office in a converted 19th century marble warehouse. Very on-trend.
Christina Booth’s Welcome Home – the story of a boy and a whale – has been short-listed for the Crystal Kite Award (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators award).
Joining 24 Ford Street books online and ready to download, all 10 titles of Toocool Series 5 and Marcy Series 2 are now available as eBooks. Check out the website for links or search Ford Street titles on your favourite ePlatform.
The third annual Keeping Books Alive Seminar will be held on May 30 in association with the Children’s Charity Network. The seminar will inform and inspire primary and secondary school teachers and librarians, municipal librarians, literacy support professionals and those interested in promoting literacy, and feature relevant and entertaining talks from Australia’s leading children’s and YA authors and illustrators – with a keynote address from Gary Crew. Click here for more information.
Gary Crew and Deb Abela will be available to give workshops/talks while in Melbourne for Keeping Books Alive. Contact Terrie for details re their availability but be quick!
Along with international and local speculative fiction authors, our very own Paul Collins (maestro of Ford Street) is appearing at Continuum X (Melbourne, 6-9 June). Entries are now open for the Continuum X/Natcon 53 amateur short story competition with sections for over 18s and Juniors. Go to www.continuum.org.au for more info on the convention programme and the story comp.
Ford Street and our speakers’ agency, Creative Net, are taking to the road this year – heading up to Rockhampton with Morris Publishing Australia and a bunch of great authors for the Central Queensland Literary Festival (Saturday June 21 – Monday 23). With acclaimed authors such as Leigh Hobbs, Phil Kettle and Peter Carnavas (just to name a few), we will be holding writing workshops and a literary luncheon on the Saturday, and a day-long professional development seminar for teachers, librarians and the literary-minded on the Monday. Contact Elaine Ouston,
We’re delighted to draw your attention to the YABBA Ambassadors Project. The YABBA Council has secured a grant from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund to conduct the Children’s Voices in Australian Fiction – YABBA Ambassadors project in 2014. This project will see YABBA fund 25 Author or Illustrator visits to 25 schools or public libraries across Metropolitan Melbourne or Regional Victoria.
The full announcement and further details are available on the YABBA Website.
Corinne Fenton will launch Celia and Nonna, written by Victoria Lane and illustrated by Kayleen West, at the SCWBI conference in Sydney.
Release date: AugustAge guide: 4+Celia and Nonna is a gentle story about the special bond between grandparents and children – and what happens when our lives change. Celia used to love sleepovers at her Nonna’s house, but now Nonna has moved to a new home. What can Celia do to help make their time together special?Victoria Lane is an award-winning journalist and writer who has lived and worked on three continents and now calls Melbourne home. Celia and Nonna is her debut picture book and grew out of her time in the “sandwich generation”, caring for both ageing parents and young children – an increasingly common situation. Details: Sunday July 14, 5-6pm. Conference venue: The Hughenden Hotel, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney
Dead Dog in the Still of the Night by Archimede Fusillo Release date: June Age Guide: Year 10+In the garage at the back of the family home sits Primo’s father’s pride and joy: a red Fiat 500 Classic. Bambino. It waits for Primo’s father to recover, to come out of his paranoia and delusions. It waits and teases, like nothing else can – least of all the demands of everyday life, for things to return to normal.And that isn’t going to happen any time soon...
The Cuckoo by Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey
Release date: April Age Guide: 11+Without a mother to protect him, Martin’s overbearing father and brothers reject him. Aided by the self-sacrifice of loving friends, Martin finds the courage to fight for personal fulfilment.
Come to the launch at the Fairfield Library on May 31 at 11am. Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey will be attending. RSVP
The Poppy and our WWI YA novel Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of WWI and Gallipoli, providing new and entertaining perspectives on Australian history. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of one of Australia’s greatest victories in WWI, and of the enduring link that was forged with a small French village. The Poppy is garnering fantastic reviews. Here’s just one of many.
Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby
It’s 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian, Flora Wentworth’s comfortable life in Cairo is turned upside down when first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli.As Flora battles to save lives and find her own, a tragic misunderstanding changes everything . . .
Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville.
Everyone feels sad sometimes, but when sadness lingers, shadows appear. Some of us, even children, chase shadows.Will a wriggly, mischievous surprise help Beth chase her shadows away? Chasing Shadows is lauded as gorgeous and touching everywhere good books are reviewed. Here is an example.
Jamie Brown Is Not Rich by Adam Wallace
Release date: May
Age Guide: 6 – 10
Jamie Brown and his family have no money. None. Zip. Zilch. Then, when a letter from the mysterious Barnaby Von Barnabus arrives, everything changes. The question is ... can the Browns handle their newfound fortune? Only time, and maybe the words in this book, will tell. Come and meet Adam Wallace and the real Jamie Brown, as they launch Jamie Brown is NOT Rich, an illustrated chapter book for 6-12 year olds. The launch is on May 10th at the brand new Dandenong Library (225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, near the corner of Walker Street). Festivities start at 1pm, with formalities such as speeches, giveaways, quizzes and more starting at 1:30. By 3pm, we'll be out the door! RSVP to
I Wish My Mum Was An Octopus by Shona Revie Keenan and Lee Burgemeestre
Age Guide: 4 – 6
This fun and engaging book explains why we may not be with our children as much as we may wish, but also provides some humour into the extremely busy life of a mother.
From one child to another.
From one mother to another.
Butterfly and Oscar by Tricia Oktober
Release date: July
Age guide: 5+
When Butterfly joins a family of dachshunds, she doesn’t realise how different she looks … until she unexpectedly sees herself in a mirror.
It takes Oscar, her best friend, to convince her that the other dogs love her for herself.
Being different doesn't mean being an outsider or being seen as ugly.
Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro
Release date: October
Age guide: 7+
Inspired by the strength, courage and endurance of the mythological and spiritual elephants, Elephants Have Wings is a magical story of two children embarking on the great journey of discovering the humanity in all of us.
And later this year Ford Street will be releasing titles by Michael Salmon, Victoria Lane and Kayleen West and Mardi Davies.
The Beckoning and The Only Game in the Galaxy by Paul Collins have been short-listed in the Ditmars. The Beckoning was also short-listed in The Chronos Awards. Print copies are available within Australia at $19.95 post free by ordering at
Our very own Foz Meadows (Solace and Grief and The Key To Starveldt) has hit the international circuit with a short-listing in the Hugos (SF’s biggest award).
Pamela Rushby’s Flora’s War is a Notable Book in the 2014 CBCAs.
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