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Monsters vs Dinosaurs


I’ve been working with the amazing Cameron Baker to put together a pitch proposal for a picture book (which would make us picture book pitchers I guess – sorry about that) about monsters and dinosaurs playing games together and the artwork that Cameron has created to illustrate my words is so ace that I had to share some of it here.

Above is the proposed cover for the book, and here’s a couple of Cameron’s character sketches.

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new poems, poems

Again!

My little girl doesn’t want me to read
the story by the avant-garde New York artist.

My little girl doesn’t want me to read
the moral tale based on a Buddhist legend.

My little girl doesn’t want me to read
the nostalgic nineteen-fifties pastiche.

My little girl doesn’t want me to read
the whimsical post-modern nursery rhymes.

My little girl doesn’t want me to read
the reprint of the book I loved at her age.

My little girl doesn’t want me to read
the eco-parable on recycled cardboard.

All my little girl wants me to read
is the book about counting from one to ten.

one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten.
Again!

one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten.
Again!

Again!
Again!
Again!

lines I wish I'd written

Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

detailswasp1Yesterday we had a barbecue with friends at the Botanical Gardens in Castlemaine. The old water bubbler drink tap nearby is set on a short, thick, slightly tapered tower of stones that has become a beehive in function as well as shape. We had to keep an eye on the little ones as they stood around it, fascinated by the bees that emerged from within to fly up and drink from the pool of water underneath the tap.

At first I thought they were wasps – it’s wasp season, it seems, and it’s rare to go a day without having to shoo one away from myself or the daughters. I’ve been struck by how casual I’ve become when waving away the bright yellow things – there was a time when I was too wary of them to evict them from my personal space with my bare hands, but familiarity has bred at least confidence, if not contempt.

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jutchy ya ya

jutchy ya ya: GALACTUS deplace a ma planete

The latest member of the Jutchy Ya Ya family entered this world at 11.49 am on 3/4/09. Father is doing well, and very proud of his 39th little offspring.

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Little Jutchy weighed in at 8 pages, covering such diverse topics as setting the clock forward to trick yourself into being on time, It Couldn’t Happen Here (the Pet Shop Boys’ 1987 Arthouse movie extravaganza), discrimination in children’s author Lucy Cousins’s Maisy series, a close reading of the 1969 classic Bears on Wheels, typos on the ASIO website, and a zine review.

The new arrival can be viewed on the issuu website, or a subscription to this issue, plus the next 11 issues, can be obtained in the shop. Visitors are encouraged not to bring gifts, but zine swaps are always welcome – the family can be contacted via the comments facility available at the end of this entry.