Newsletter #9

Back to School and Work edition 

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Hi everyone

My apologies for the intrusion during this busy period, but some of this news is time-sensitive. 

Ford Street’s latest books are the all-new Toocool and Marcy series by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday. They’re distributed by Macmillan Distribution Services for trade and INT Books for education.

Teacher's notes are aimed at both the Australian and New Zealand curriculums.

On this note, we have quite a few NZ librarians reading our newsletter this time. As an introduction to Ford Street, we are offering them a FREE Toocool or Marcy book to the first twenty librarians to email us with their postal address.

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Creative Net Speakers' Agency ( has several authors visiting interstate this year. Here's your chance to have someone "different" without the cost of airfares/accommodation. As an aside, feel free to ask us if any of our other presenters would be interested in visiting you from interstate.

DC Green

Term 2

* South Australia. June 3 - 7.

Term 3

* Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast. August 5 - 9.

* Victoria. August 19 - 23.


Adam Wallace:

  • 17th of October and the 22nd of November.

Susanne Gervay

  • Susanne Gervay is in Melbourne to launch her picture book Gracie and Josh from March 5 – 9. Please get in touch asap if you would like her to visit your school or library (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The illustrator, Serena Geddes, is also available during this time (no airfares/accommodation fees are applicable).

Patricia Bernard

  • Patricia is looking for a week’s work in Qld schools some time during 2013. She’s open to offers and will pay her own airfares.


Paul Collins

   • Paul will be in Tasmania March 11 -- 16th. Email us for available times.

  • Remember, Creative Net does not charge a booking fee.

Our Feb/March titles are:

Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes (March)

The Lost Tail by Patricia Bernard and Tricia Oktober (Feb)

Pirate Gold by Michael Salmon

Toocool/Marcy (all new titles!) by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday


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Librarians and festival organisers

Check out our speakers' agency at: We now represent over 100 Australian authors and illustrators, including Isobelle Carmody, Phil Kettle, Leigh Hobbs and Michael Salmon.

The latest presenters to join us are: Melaina Feranda, DC Green, Paul Stafford and Gabrielle Wang.


This year we're organising one-day literary festivals in Rockhampton, Emerald, Yeppoon and Craigieburn. Give us a call if you would like us to organise one for you. They're not as expensive as you might think.

We've also organised a few PD seminars for teachers, librarians and literacy co-ordinators. If you've been to our Keeping Books Alive seminars, you'll know how good they are.

We have time to run one more during 2013 if anyone is interested.


We can run a PD session in either May or June. Please get in touch re your preferred date/s. Check out the Creative Net Speakers' Agency to see some of the presenters we have used at past seminars.

Email Terrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're booking presenters for your event, or the PD seminar/s.


Hazel Edwards will launch Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes at the Richmond Library, 415 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne on 9 March at 1 pm. RSVP Terrie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Feb 20. There will be some special guests present!

Specific to anyone in Sydney on March 1, Grace Proust from Variety is also launching Gracie and Josh at 9:15 am for 9.45 am at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft, NSW ph (02) 9481 8811. RSVP 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..


Top to bottom: Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy, Isobelle Carmody, Michael Salmon, Phil Kettle and Leigh Hobbs.


Ford Street's upcoming titles:

Toocool and Marcy boxed set of ten titles by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday

Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville

The Cuckoo by Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey

Gamers' Rebellion by George Ivanoff

Welcome Home by Christina Booth

Flora's War by Pamela Rushby

Il Kedra (Final book in The Maximus Black Files) by Paul Collins

Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo by Tania McCartney and Kieron Pratt

Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro.

Our current catalogue can be viewed/downloaded at:



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