Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ward (detail), pastel on paper, A2

White on white, soft feathers can’t hide the black needle tips.
I listen to what they are always telling me and try not to look,
even as I stretch out my naked arm.

An extract from my contribution to an anthology The Hush Treasure Book, developed in conjunction with the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and featuring many different Australian authors and illustrators, due to be published in early August. My own poem "Ward" was inspired by a hospital visit during which one child was receiving chemotherapy, and I became very interested in the ways in which seriously ill children are able to manage their fear, and even to some extent the fear of their parents. I was also inspired by the fact that wards in the RCH are named after different animals, there is something quite ancient and resonant about this. For more info about Hush, click here.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Friday, 26 June 2015

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

One of a series of doodles in which different characters answer the question 'Why do you read?' originally for a national campaign to encourage kids to read.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sketchbook pages related to Rules of Summer, pen and pencil

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Never run away, concept sketch for Rules of Summer, pencil & pen

Friday, 19 June 2015

Walking stove-cart, unrealised sketch for Rules of Summer, pencil and pen

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Sketchbook drawing from a trip to NZ, coloured pencil, 2005

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A home among twisted hills, small sketchbook drawing, pencil and pen.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Friday, 12 June 2015

Why have you forsaken me? small sketchbook pen drawing