When Windcatcher was launched at Blarney Books in Port Fairy, early October, I thought perhaps I’d written a history book. The shearwaters (mutton birds) should have returned 2 weeks prior – but there was no sign of them.
They’ve never, ever been late before – always arriving within a day or two of September 22. Everyone was really worried and no-one knew what had happened. But, the birds did arrive home – on the night of the launch!! It had nothing to do with the launch of our book of course, but it makes a good story! Only half the usual 30,000 birds arrived back though. Sadly, it’s since been discovered, the others suffered a ‘wreck’ (massed demise) off the coast of Canada at the beginning of their flight back.
Windcatcher. Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater – by Diane Jackson Hill Illustrated: Craig Smith Published: CSIRO
Craig Smith and I were honoured to accept the 2017 Environmental Award for Children’s Literature – picture fiction. Thankyou to Museum Victoria for believing in the story and to The Wilderness Society for helping us spread the story further than we ever hoped or imagined. Congratulations to the people of Warrnambool, on the success of this incredible project.
Picture book No 4 – BABY BAND – has just arrived!!
It’s stunning!!! Thanks to New Frontier and Giuseppe Poli for making it happen and Meredith Costain and Karen Tayleur for help along the way. Still can’t quite believe it all – pinch! pinch!
On a normal day, a baby creates mayhem in an apartment block. Diane’s words express her passion for music and its ability to bring people together in joyous celebration. Giuseppe’s illustrations transform an apartment block into a vibrant community.
‘Chooks In Dinner Suits’ has Notables in 2 categories of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2017.
I’m thrilled and honoured. This means it is in the longlist from which the shortlist and winners are chosen.
Thank you, Museum Victoria, for believing in me and this story. Thank you, Craig Smith, for making the story live, through your wonderful illustration. Thanks to Swampy Marsh, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare, Warrnambool Books and Flagstaff Hill for their ongoing support and encouragement.
And congratulations to the wonderful team of children’s writers I am so happy and proud to be part of.