The Meet…Don Bradman Book Launch Wrap-up

Posted on April 7, 2016

A large crowd of young cricketing fans gathered in the MCC Library at the mighty MCG on a classic rainy Melbourne’s day, being the perfect backdrop for the official launch of the new children’s picture book, Meet…Don Bradman.

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Channel Nine’s Livinia Nixon warmly welcomed everyone, giving a brief history of Don’s sporting achievements and his relationship to this great stadium; where he scored more Test centuries than anywhere else in the world.
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I donned a Baggy Green and gave everyone a first look at Meet…Don Bradman, with a cricket stump and golf ball in hand (you’ve got to read the story to know why).


The children had a sporting time creating their own ‘paper’ cricket balls, ‘balloon’ Baggy Greens and cricket bats.

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And as we sat, surrounded by such amazing cricket history, everyone cheered as Meet…Don Bradman scored a six and was officially launched.

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Meet…Don Bradman is available in stores from 18 April 2016.


Meet…Don Bradman Official Book Launch

Posted on April 2, 2016


Join us this Wednesday in the MCC Library at the MCG @ 10:30am for the official launch of Meet…Don Bradman. Meet author Coral Vass and Channel 9’s Livinia Nixon, with a reading, book signings, balloons, kids activities and more…

Meet…Don Bradman to be released April 2016

Posted on December 29, 2015


I’m very excited to announce my new book, Meet…Don Bradman, will be available in stores from April 2016. A part of the Random House Meet Series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia’s history, Meet…Don Bradman is a children’s picture book about cricket’s greatest ever batsman, Sir Donald Bradman. Meet…Don Bradman is the story of how he first came to play for Australia, and how his record-breaking feats in the Ashes series became a source of pride and hope during the hard years of the Great Depression.

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The Hairy Maclary & Friends Waterfront Sculpture Project

Posted on October 1, 2015

On a recent trip to New Zealand, I was thrilled to visit the new Hairy Maclary & Friends Waterfront Sculpture Project in Tauranga.  The Sculpture Park is a tribute to local Tauranga resident of over 20 years and author to the world renowned Hairy Maclary series, Lynley Dodd.
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The project is a “storybook scene” of permanent bronze sculptures of Hairy Maclary and some of his friends – Scarface Claw, Slinky Malinki, Hercules Morse, Muffin McLay, Bottomley Potts, Schnitzel von Krumm, Bitzer Maloney and Zachary Quack.

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It was a joy to watch as children recognised the characters, called them each by name (as a beloved family pet), touched, hugged and climbed them with delight.
Against a stunning waterfront setting and adjacent to the children’s playground, the larger-than-life public art truly brings the loved children’s book characters to life and leaves a legacy for generations to come.

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If you are a Lynley Dodd fan (like me), Tauranga Waterfront NZ is a must see!

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Launch Day Wrap Up

Posted on September 12, 2015

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Our Two Birds took flight today, as illustrator, Heidi Cooper Smith and I celebrated the national launch of our latest children’s picture book- Two Birds on a Wire, in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Celebrated author illustrator Nicky Johnston officiated the Melbourne launch, while award winning author Aleesah Darlison ran the proceedings in Brisbane with Heidi.

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Fun was had by all with readings, craft, signing and goodie bags galore.

Heidi whipped out her pencils, showing some sketches and finished illustrations from the book, while I had two very special helpers (Little Bird Black and Little Bird Blue) tell the story with me in Melbourne.

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Feathers went flying and balloons were soaring as Two Birds On A Wire officially left the nest.

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Two Birds on a Wire – Book Launch

Posted on September 3, 2015


Come along and join Little Bird Black and Little Bird Blue for the Melbourne book launch of Two Birds on a Wire at Farrells Bookshop- 143 Main St Mornington on Saturday 12th September at 11:30am. There’ll be a reading, signings, fun activities, balloons, goodie bags and more……