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Visual Stuff

We all like looking at ourselves to some degree. Why else would we have mirrors? Here, I share some moments, which reflect my life in the writerly world and beyond. Enjoy. Just don't laugh too loudly in case I hear you...

Been visually behind for a few years. Here's a couple of recent pics of a cause for celebration - The School Magazine's 100 Birthday. We celebrated with SCBWI members and a handful of Queensland authors who have contributed, like me, over the years. Incidentally, The School Magazine is the oldest running magazine for school children in the world. Well done and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE TURNS 100
2016
Hip Hip Hooray

Aleesah Darlison, Dimity and Jenny Stubbs of Book Links QLD
Lorraine Marwood and Ali Stegert
 















It feels like 2013 has spun by faster than a spoonful of sugar in a fairy floss machine. And the results have almost been as sweet. Click here for a pictorial roundup of my stick-full of fun thus far. You'll find more that didn't make the final cut below. Look carefully, maybe it's you in the background...

BOOK LAUNCHES 
at THE BLACK CAT BOOKSHOP & CAFE
October 2013
Book launches galore - Here for Tania McCartney's An Aussie Year QLD launch

Officially launching Karen Tyrrell's Bailey Beats the Blah!
THE INSIDE STORY WITH SCWBI
November 2013 at the Black Cat Bookshop - again
Sharing some inside info on PS Who Stole Santa's Mail?

Writerly chums and pretty brilliant illustrators and authors, Katherine Battersby & Angela Sunde

Book Trailer for PS WHO STOLE SANTA'S MAIL?
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe...you'll want to see the book behind the leers...won't you?




ROBIN ADOLPHS
BOOK LAUNCH at MARKS & GARDNER
August 2012


Take one charming author, Robin Adolphs. Add two brilliant illustrators, Trevor Slater and Heather Dale.

Mix in one zany publisher on a trike, Anthony.

Stir with a cast of Quackers. Season with the fresh Mt Tamborine air.
And you've got one heck of a Book Launch in the Mountains.

Dimity and illustrator, Heather Dale.

BOOK WEEK at COOMERA RIVERS STATE SCHOOL MAY 2012

Show Time at the Book Fair

Pointing out the finer pints of story writing
Reading is our ticket to...EVERYTHING. Grab one and come on in. The CRSS Book Week theme proved sensational amongst the students as did illustration classes by teacher librarian, James Picton. I was amazed by the creativity unearthed in my writing workshops with the students.
Enthusiastic CRSS students

Story board created by Prep students' ideas

EDUCATION WEEK MAY 2012

Tickled pink to be invited to present interactive story telling sessions with My Monster creator Renee Taprell and local children's author, Candice Lemon-Scott as part of Helensvale SS Education Week Celebrations. The National Year of Reading was well endorsed with readings by local MP Michael Crandon, Graham Dillon and school principal Coralee Pratt.

Authors Candice, Renee and Dimity alongside Michael, Principal Pratt and Graham
Dimity meets Monty the Monster as she and the Grade 3 / 4s
creep through the deep dark woods
Renee shares her love of picture books with the kids




THE FABULOUS FINOLA FOX
Book Launch with Kerry Argent April 2012

Like Kerry Argent, I'm not that into shoes but I am fascinated by foxes and the what it takes to produce amazing picture books.
Marks & Gardner Gallery hosted a gorgeous behind the scenes look at the concept and design of Carmel Bird's new picture book, The Fabulous Finola Fox.


Finola Fox loves shoes~Mt Tamborine Gold Coast Hinterland


Kerry Argent & Karen Scott
 Penguin Books Senior Designer Karen Scott with
 Executive Publisher Lisa Riley

Kerry's Illustration in water colour

Sketch of Finola Fox by Kerry


TANIA MCCARTNEY ~ AUSTRALIAN STORY, AN ILLUSTRATED TIME LINE
Brisbane Book Launch March 2012
Must have said something funny. Sharing grins with Tania, Sheryl Gywther, Angela Sunde and Michael Gerard Bauer.

The radiant Tania McCartney
with her new book.
Tania's genuine warmth and wit shone as brightly as the Brisbane sunshine at
theBlack Cat. 

Dimity and Tania at the Black Cat Cafe and Book Shop, Brisbane.



Beyond the Book ~ Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival 2012
Dimity with Susanne Gervay and her picture book, Ships in the Field

Authors Dimity, Renee Taprell and Candice Lemon-Scott, learing how to pitch their wares
with help from Belinda Jeffery and Tristan Bancks
Lunching with popular aussie authors, Susan Gervay and Angela Sunde

HOW TO GET KIDS TO WRITE Presentation as part of READING ROADSHOW MARCH 2012


Dimity and Narelle Oliver sharing a moment

Dimity, esteemed author Narelle Oliver and Marj Osborne, Head Librarian at Aquinas College
 You're never to old to learn. Narelle, describing how Picture Books are used within the National Curriculum. My session discussed the various ways to Get Kids to Write and how it enhances their reading and overall literacy.


PINK TRI raising money for Breastcancer October 2011
Attempting to look professional
Run Dimmy Run
 
Competing in a comp of another kind. This year's Gold Coast Pink Tri
proved as fun and satisfying as ever. I managed to finish, not drown, collapse or fall off my bike. All of which I count as positives.  

Fellow Pinkies
CYA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, BRISBANE SEPTEMBER 2011
CYA Conference
Fellow writers Karen Tyrrel, Renee Taprell & Charmaine Clancy

 













Esteemed YA writer and all round funny guy, Michael Gerard Bauer, waving his Ringo around in an unexpected and surprisingly humorous way.





Local Gold Coast author,Renee Taprell celebrating her Third Place win in this years  CYA Competition category, Primary school Picture book.






CYA Success Stories
Katherine Battersby, Matt Porter,
Robyn Osborne & Peter Allert
 We all have to start from somewhere. The beginning of the story is a good place...











Book Week August 2011 at Coomera Rivers State School incorporated a Galaxy of Books Book Fair hosted by Scholastic Books.
Gold Coast children's author illustrator, Angela Sunde with Dimity. Angela shared the secrets of illustrating a picture book with students aged 5 -12.




Angela Sunde demonstrating the art of illustrating

While I encouraged students to get in touch with their creative sides and develop ideas for writing picture books.