CORINNE FENTON, May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Residency in Brisbane

During June Victorian children’s author Corinne Fenton enjoyed a month-long creative time residential fellowship here in Brisbane. Corinne has had 25 books published which include chapter books, educational books in reading schemes, as well as her three more recent picture books with Black Dog Books.

The first two of these (Queenie: One Elephant’s Story and The Dog on the Tuckerbox) were illustrated by Tasmanian artist Peter Gouldthorpe, and were Honour and Notable Books in various categories of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards in their respective years. Her latest book, Flame Stands Waiting, is a fantasy released in March 2010 and illustrated by Sebastian Ciaffaglione.

Our support group hosted a high tea at the new Norman Park State School Library on Sunday June 19. Twenty-five teacher-librarians, teacher-aides, fellow local creators and other children’s literature enthusiasts were present to hear Corinne give an insightful presentation on how she began her writing career and the meticulous research that goes into each title. The audience was delighted to hear about how the Queenie story came to be written and see footage of her giving elephant rides at the Melbourne Zoo. A week later Corinne worked at the State Library of Queensland delivering a presentation to adults on the Saturday, and workshops for children on writing and playing with poetry during the first week of the school holidays

Our next May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellow will be Krista Bell who arrives in late October. We will be holding an event with Krista during November at Enoggera State School Library.

Judith Russell
State co-ordinator, Queensland
May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust