Here’s a sneak look at just some of our great middle years to YA novels during 2015:
[Wait till you read our other 2015 titles by Candida Baker and Mitch Vane, Michael Salmon, Adam Wallace and Jack Wodhams, Tricia Oktober and DC Green!]
It’s been a hectic but successful year for Ford Street and Creative Net. We grew out of our residence and moved into an office with a seminar room. We’ve even held our first seminar in conjunction with the CBCA. We look forward to hearing from anyone in Victoria who might like to hold an event here. And if you’re looking for authors and/or illustrators, remember Creative Net represents over 130 presenters. Creative Net worked in conjunction with The Children’s Charity Network and sent out many authors and illustrators across Australia.
Check out our website www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet. We don’t charge a booking fee for this service.
Among our most successful books this year were Andrew Plant’s The Poppy, Tricia Oktober’s Butterfly and Oscar and Gary Crew’s The Cuckoo.
Again, all the best for the festive season.
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Creative Net is hosting its first home base seminar this November 14 at the new warehouse in Abbotsford, Victoria.
With presenters Sally Rippin and Valanga Khoza (author and illustrator of Gezani and the Tricky Baboon), The Monster Who Ate Australia’s Michael Salmon, and Andrew Plant (The Poppy), it’s not a night to be missed.
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Creative Net is here to make the process of seeking and booking presenters a breeze. Key dates throughout the year will be busy times for ourselves and our presenters though, so now is the time to start organising. As they say, the early bird gets the worm.
Running between the 17-23rd May, Education Week isn’t just for the kids but for teachers and parents too. While a theme for 2015 has yet to be announced, these are dates that need to be scheduled into any good school’s calendar.
From the 22-28th August, schools and libraries across the country will be celebrating all things books! The theme is Books light up our world. With the CBCA also celebrating their 70th Anniversary, 2015’s Book Week will be bigger than ever.
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
September 8th. Celebrate and advocate literacy in the month of September
Preferred audience: Years 5 – 10 (Ages 11-16) Scot Gardner was born in suburban Melbourne but has lived most of his life near the small rural town of Yinnar in Gippsland, Victoria. He got his big break in writing in 2001 after attending a writers' conference with Australia's grand master of realist young adult fiction, John Marsden.
Workshops Scot's books and talks could be broadly categorised as social realism and are suitable for upper primary to upper secondary aged audiences. He is both funny and thought-provoking and his workshops lean heavily on personal narrative – the stories that make us who we are.
Preferred audience: Primary school—anywhere from Prep to Grade 6 Adam Wallace is a qualified engineer and primary school teacher who discovered a talent for writing hilarious, horrendous and heartfelt books for children. With thirty published titles under his belt, including Better Out Than In and the Pete McGee series, Adam is fast becoming a well-known and well-loved name in the world of children's writing. Workshops Adam's cartooning and writing workshops for primary schools focus on having fun and letting the children explore their creativity without fear of failure. Question time is included, helping students discover what it's like to be an author . . . well, that and how old Adam is and whether he's married. The workshops have proven to be fantastic for advanced and reluctant students alike.
Preferred audience: Primary talks prep – Grade 6, secondary talks girls only, writing workshops Years 3-10 co-ed, Chinese painting workshops Years 3-10 co-ed, teachers, parents Gabrielle Wang's stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy. Her books are about ghost hunters and enchanted gardens, hidden monasteries and fox spirits. They are about belonging and home and finding strength from within. Her latest books are the Poppy books, part of the highly successful Our Australian Girl series published by Penguin. Workshops Gabrielle's primary school talks are a combined talk and drawing workshop. She discusses inspiration and shares stories and pictures then finishes with an illustration. The children come away buzzing with excitement at their own drawings.
Preferred target audience: Prep to Year 6 Mitch Vane works in a variety of mediums but her favourite is a good old-fashioned messy dip pen and India ink. She often collaborates with partner/Age writer Danny Katz & they are best known for the YABBA Award-winning Little Lunch series. (Little Lunch is currently being made as a 25 episode mockumentary series with the ABC due out in 2015.) Workshops Mitch concentrates on character development and laughter. She likes to brainstorm with the students to create a funny scenario on the whiteboard, giving a few drawing tricks of the trade, then gets them to create a character of their own. The emphasis is on ideas, not masterpieces & she encourages them to loosen up and think outside the box. It can get a little rowdy, but they always leave with some great drawings and lots of new ideas in their heads.
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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It’s a given that if you’re not in Victoria you’re unlikely to attend the launch. But if you would like to purchase either book they’re available from Ford Street at $19.95 each signed and posted free. Email us for payment details: The Beckoning and here for The Only Game in the Galaxy.
What a year 2013 has been! Ford Street has published twenty books and two 2014 titles are here ready for their release in March.
Some highlights: Trust Me Too, edited by Paul Collins with an introduction by Judith Ridge, was selected as one of the titles for The White Ravens 2013. This is an annual selection of the top 250 books from around the world prepared by the International Youth Library in Germany. The list is presented at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Thanks go to the 50+ contributors!
Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes was shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2013. Isobelle Carmody’s Greylands is set to become a film. Ford Street recently acquired the book rights for Greylands and Scatterlings.
A nice surprise for those of you who loved Foz Meadows’ Solace and Grief: intern Daniela has produced a trailer for the sequel, The Key to Starveldt. And here is Christina Booth's trailer for Welcome Home.
We've hosted several book launches, notably George Ivanoff's Gamers' Rebellion at Watsonia Library and Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes' Gracie and Josh at Richmond Library.
Creative Net ran several one-day literary festivals in Rockhampton and Emerald (in association with Morris Publishing) and one in both Bendigo and Craigieburn. Creative Net continues to grow and why wouldn’t it? We don’t charge schools, libraries or festival organisers a booking fee. If you haven’t looked at the site for a while you’ll be in for a surprise. We have had many authors and illustrators join us during 2013.
Speaking of which, we are considering holding another Keeping Books Alive (in association with the Children’s Charity Network) during 2014. It will be in Victoria. Expressions of interest are sought. Email your thoughts re presenters and preferred dates:
Our digital book list continues to grow as well. We are now represented on many platforms including OverDrive, Amazon, iTunes, Wheelers (NZ), Kobo and Baen Books. Here is a sample of our digital publications: Dyson's Drop, Trust Me Too, Gamers' Challenge, Monster School.
Last but not least, here’s a sneak preview of some of the titles we’re publishing during 2014:
Check out our latest catalogue
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