Newsletter #6

Xmas greetings!

Ford Street hopes that during this festive season you'll be with close ones and have time to reflect on the good times that you've had during 2011. Paul and Meredith, along with the various interns (Terrie, Gemma, Lynne, Sherree, Beau, Emiko, Cemil, Dom, Matthew, Leanda, Tira, Lauren and Stephanie), wish you a safe Christmas period and look forward to hearing from you during 2012. Oh, and all the best from the pups, Jack (foreground), Molly, and Harriet the cat (there on the left). $4,000 Lover's Chair from the 1860s and it's gone to the dogs!


It's been another busy year for Ford Street. Highlights have included Michael Salmon's Bobo, Superdog and Trust Me! going into reprint -- always a bonus, especially for a small press. 

We released The Key to Starveldt, Foz Meadows' sequel to Solace & Grief, another Ford Street best-seller.

Other books that have done well for us were Tania McCartney's Riley and the Grumpy Wombat, JE Fison's Hazard River titles Toads' Revenge! and Blood Money!, George Ivanoff's sequel to Gamers' Quest, Gamers' Challenge, Sean McMullen's exciting sequel to Before the Storm, Changing Yesterday, with Mole Hunt by Paul Collins being Ford Street's best selling title for 2011. 

Here's the trailer for George Ivanoff's Gamers' Challenge

Literary Events!

One innovation that we started at Scotch College last year was our literary events. We provide through our sister company, Creative Net, a dozen or more authors, poets and illustrators to a host school. Participating students get to enjoy three workshops with some of Australia's leading authors, poets and illustrators, experience book signings, keynote speech, book launch, book sales and receive a show bag with a book, a copy of Ozkids magazine, and other goodies. Over thirty presenters at these events included Lorraine Marwood, Hazel Edwards, George Ivanoff, Phil Kettle, Michael Salmon, Susanne Gervay, Tania McCartney, Dianne Bates and Sean McMullen. Contact us if you would like us to organise an event at your school. You're welcome to invite other schools to join you! But a word of caution: we're already booked up to run two events during 2012. We can run two more at best. Contact Terrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like more information.

Here are some of our presenters: (L-R Dee White, Claire Saxby, Judith Rossell, Michael Panckridge, Phil Kettle and Michael Hyde, Tania McCartney, Meredith Costain, Susanne Gervay, Dianne Bates, Paul Collins, Anna Pignataro, Susanne Gervay, Hazel Edwards, Sherryl Clark, David Miller, Marc McBride and Felicity Marshall).

A reminder for The National Year of Reading 2012:

Here's The National Year of Reading project team, working on behalf of the founder partners – Brenda Currie - 0406 575 321, Robyn Ellard - 0412 659 919, Karen Ward-Smith - 0408 051 740 and Sue McKerracher - 0404 456 749. Phone or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The next newsletter will be out in January. Let them know if there's a story you would like them to include. To subscribe to their e-newsletter, just add your details to the mailing list on their website:

Are your students or friends' kids interested in writing?

Look no further than Ozkids Magazine. This is an excellent magazine which publishes fiction, poetry and art from Australian kids. Check out the website at Winners of the various competitions win a trophy plus dinner with their family or teacher at an awards ceremony. This year it was held at the RACV Club. 


Check out our speakers' agency, Creative Net, at:

We now represent over 80 Australian authors and illustrators around Australia, including Isobelle Carmody, Leigh Hobbs, Phil Kettle and Michael Salmon. Unlike other speakers' agencies, we don't charge a booking fee.

Email Terrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested in booking a presenter for your school, library or festival.

We also ran a highly successful PD session at the RACV Club called 'Keeping Books Alive'. Presenters included interstate guests Susanne Gervay and Dianne Bates, plus Victorians Michael Panckridge, Gabrielle Wang, Michael Hyde, Phil Kettle, Michael Salmon, Tony Thompson, Paul Collins, Meredith Costain and Jackie Kerin. Susan Halliday emceed. Opposite is what one delegate wrote: 

"Thank you so much for the wonderful day and night at the seminar. I was so impressed with the standard of the seminar and thought that those who did not attend certainly missed out of a first class day and night. I travelled from Rainbow which is a 10 hour return trip but not once did I think why have I come today? I have attended many [conference name withheld] conferences in Melbourne but this was so much better. An intimate setting and a chance to speak with the authors was greatly appreciated.

"The after conference story-teller [Jackie Kerin] was brilliant and the dinner was very interesting. I now have gained knowledge re what the dinner & awards were all about and will encourage students to enter the various sections. I do hope you will run this seminar again next year and look forward to coming once again"

Leonie Clarke [Rainbow Secondary College].

For more information on our children's books, or to view previous newsletters, visit our website at:


Here are some snippets from 2011:

Mole Hunt by Paul Collins has received some great reviews, and this one at Burn Bright by Bec Stafford matches the best of them: Watch the Youtube trailer: Paul was also presented with the A Bertram Chandler Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction and fantasy.

Hugo Award-nominated Sean McMullen discusses his latest steampunk novel, Changing Yesterday, at Literary Clutter: and Beauty and Lace:

The sort of author Ford Street loves. George is Out There:

Riley and the Grumpy Wombat by Tania McCartney and Kieron Pratt hits the airwaves:

Michael Salmon's Bobo, My Superdog, gets reviewed at Kids' Book Review:

Ford Street's gateway guardian, Molly the red heeler, sings at

Jenny Mounfield reviews JE Fison's latest Hazard River books at The Compulsive Reader:

Bug in the Book is obviously rapt in Foz Meadows's The Key to Starveldt:

Tania McCartney, author of Riley and the Grumpy Wombat, interviewed at The Australian Literature Review: and at

A very insightful article and review of Hazel Edwards and Ryan Ryan Scott Kennedy's book F2M at:

Rufus the Numbat makes it to India – in the hands of the NSW Premier!

Author of Ships in the Field, Susanne Gervay, interviewed at The Reading Room:

A review of Michael Salmon's Bobo My Superdog has been put up on the ReadPlus blog at and can also be found at

Last but not least, if you're interested in Australian small press, check out There are around 120 members now!


We have a great line-up of books due in 2012. Some of the release dates haven't been set yet, but here's our list. You're the first to see it!

Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Anna Pignataro. Due February.

In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew and illustrated by Den Scheer. Due May

Trust Me Too (sequel to Trust Me!) edited by Paul Collins with an introduction by Judith Ridge. This book comprises 55 contributors, including Isobelle Carmody's novelette prequel to Obernewtyn, The Journey, James Roy, Oliver Phommavanh, Jack Heath, Michael Gerard Bauer, Hazel Edwards, Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs and many, many others! Due June.

TooCool/Marcy ten pack of chapter books by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday. Due August.

The Down-under Twelve Days of Christmas by Michael Salmon. Due October.

We're also expecting books from several other authors including Tania McCartney and Michelle Heeter.

Note: Some dates haven't been confirmed.



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