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Salisbury Writers’ Festival

Sean Williams, Amanda Blair and I did a panel talk on story creation. All three of us had to make up a story on the spot. My part was to also draw stuff from the story on a whiteboard. In the end we didn’t finish the whole story but I think the audience got a good example of the creative process.

 

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It was a great day. I had fun, got to hang with other like minded people and drink wine. Big thanks goes out to all the people that worked super hard to organise the event. People don’t realise how much work goes into putting on one of these events.

Ardtirnish Primary School – BOOK WEEK – DAY 5

Today book week had me at Ardtirnish PS.

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Here is me and some of the kids with a Pilot and Huxley comic made by Lochie.

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This is what the kids came up with in the character creation part of my talk.

It’s Sassy the ant. He has a donut body, pickle legs, Frenchman arms and a fish tail. He live in the Tardis in the land of Gummi Bears.

I had a great day and everyone was super friendly.

Hills Christian Community School – BOOK WEEK – DAY 4

Day 4 of Book week found me at Hills Christian Community School. It was an awesome day of fast paced talks.

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Here is what the kids came up with in the character creation part of my talk.

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First up we have Larry the dog. He has arms that are made of teeth with fish finger fingers, horse legs and a fish’s body. He lives in a french fries house on Mars.

 

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Next we have Fred the frog. He has skeleton arms, chicken drumstick legs, a muscle mans body and a tiger’s tail. He lives in a sneaker in the world of Fruit and veggies.

 

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Here we have Sunny-Jim the wolf. He has T-Rex arms, caterpillar legs and an ice-cream for a body. He lives in a giant donut in the land of books.

 

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Last we have Mr No the crocodile. He has muscle man arms, octopus legs, a beer belly and a monkeys tail. He lives in a giant upside-down pig in the land of whales.

It was a really fun day. All the kids and teachers were super nice. Thank for the awesome day guys!

Stirling Library – BOOK WEEK – Day 3

Today I was up at the Stirling library for Book Week.

Here is what the kids came up with during the character creation part of my talks.

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First up we have John the rabbit. He has a watermelon body, custard legs, robot arms and a snake for a tail. He lives in a giant mushroom in the land of books.

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Here www have Robert the elephant. He has a computer for a body, giant fingers for legs and carrots with mouths at the end of them for arms. He lives in house made out of cheese at the bottom of the ocean.

It was a great bunch of talks and the teachers, organisers and kids were all awesome! Thanks guys.

Salisbury Heights P.S. – BOOK WEEK – DAY 2

Day two of Book Week ended me up at Salisbury Heights Primary School.

Here is what the kids came up with in the character creation section of the talks.

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First up we have Steve the cat. He has hotdog arms, candy cane legs, slime for a body with a possum’s tail. He lives in a hamburger in the land of donuts.

 

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Here we have Frank the shark. He has octopus arms, Minecraft legs, a cats tail and a body made of fire. He lives in a jelly castle in the land of lollies.

 

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Last we have Billy the unicorn. He has T-rex arms, goats for legs, a mandarin for a body with a banana pig’s tail. He lives in a birthday cake at the bottom of the oceans.

All the teachers and kids where awesome and made me feel really at home. I had a great day.

Black Forest PS – Book Week – Day 1

Book week is here again! Black Forest PS was my first set of talks for the week.

Here’s what the kids came up with in the Character creation part of my talk.

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Here we have Bob the pig. He has robot arms, chicken legs, a muscle man’s body and a fish tail. He lives in a cardboard box in the land of KFC.

 

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This is Timmy the slug. He has bear arms, stick legs and an ant’s body. He lives in a giant llama in the land of mushrooms.

 

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This is Borris the hippo. He has octopus arms, Fish tail legs, a baked bean for a body and an arm for a tail. He lives in a turtle shell inside Jabba the Hut’s belly.

 

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And last we have Jimmy the elephant. He has tiger arms, squid legs and a sausage body. He lives in a giant hamburger in the land of volcanoes.

I had a great day and all the kids were awesome!

Aldinga library Talks

Here is a drawing that me and the kids did on the 3rd of May at Aldinga library.

His name is Jeff. He is a rat with a donut body. He has tentacles for arms, Dolphins for legs and a cat’s tail. He lives in the Land of Toilet Rolls in a giant eye ball house.

 

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Stirling Library Talk

I did a talk on Graphic novel at the Stirling library.

Here is what the kids came up with in the character creation part of the talk.

This is Steve the dog who has a taco for a body, donut arms with chip fingers, skeleton legs and a flower for a tail. He lives in a giant chicken on a huge marble in space.

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Goodwood Library Talk

I got to do a talk on graphic Novel at Goodwood Library. He is what the kids came up with in the character creation part.

The kids came up with Boris the fish that has a basketball for a body, robot arms with skinny legs that have pizza for feet. He lives in a pineapple in the world of cheese.

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Sutherland Shire Writers Unleashed festival

I had the pleasure to do a bunch of school talks at the Sutherland Shire Writers Unleashed festival. A big thanks to the organisers for inviting me and to all the kids for being a rad audience.

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In the character creating part of my first talk the kids came up with Boo the crocodile with melting chocolate arms, hot doglegs, a skeleton body and a dragons tail. Boo lives in a giant stack of pancakes in the world of chips n’ gravy.

 

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Second was Bob the hippopotamus. He has tentacle arms, carrot legs and a sugar cube body.

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Next they came up with Mog the unicorn. Mog has T-rex arms, one mermaid tail for a leg and a chick leg for the other. All topped off with a turtles body. Mog lives in a giant marshmallow in the land of cheese.

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Here we have Krob the rabbit. Krob has banana arms, snow ball hands, octopus legs and an upside down roast chicken body.  I apologise for the blurry photo.

All up I had a great two days in Sydney. Thanks again to everyone that made it all happen.

 

 

Just Joking. OUT NOW!

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Just Joking is a joke book from Camp Quality and Scholastic. I did all the illustrations for it.

Blurb.
What do you call a pig that knows karate?
A pork chop! 

With heaps of new jokes inside and page after page of fun activities, this is a book that will keep kids entertained for hours! Includes loads of hilarious illustrations by Dan McGuiness, creator of the popular Pilot and Huxley books! 

Camp Quality is committed to bringing hope and happiness to children living with cancer, their families and communities, through ongoing quality recreational, educational and financial support programs. 

Scholastic Australia is proud to donate all royalties from sales to this worthy cause.

If you would like to buy a copy online, go here.

Drongoes. OUT NOW!!!

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Drongoes is the latest Mates book that I have illustrated. It is written by Christine Bongers and is for year 3 -4 primary school kids.

Blurb.
Can Jack beat Rocket Robson in the cross-country this year? If only! But his best mate Eric might be the real winner in this race…

If you want a copy you can buy it online for here.

Buzz Off! OUT NOW!

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Hi everyone. Here is a book that I illustrated and Randa Abdel-Fattah wrote.

Blurb.
Noor can’t sleep. That pesky fly will not leave him alone! He even thinks he can hear it talking! If he only knew how to get rid of it, everything would be better-or would it?

You can Buy a copy online from here.

Happy Valley Primary School Talks

I had a great day doing some talks at Happy Valley Primary this week.

All the kids and staff where really friendly.

As usual I did my drawing session with the kids. Here’s what they came up with.

First we Have Bob the unicorn. He has a donut body, Squid arms, swords for legs and a pigs tail. He lives in a house made out of jelly.

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Next we have Zufar the dragon with a mutated sharks body, fire arms, fork hands and robot dog legs. He lives in a giant blow of spaghetti in the land of marshmellows.

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Last we have Trevor. He has a sushi body, spider legs and robot arms. He lives in a giant pineapple in the land of gummy bears.

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Author talks at Charles Sturt Library.

I got to do talks to three awesome groups of kids at the Charles Sturt Library the other day.

As usual each group did a character creating session where the kids yelled out there ideas for characters and i drew them on a white board.

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Here’s what the kids came up with.

First we have Benny the crocodile with a sharks body, octopus legs, cheetah arms with knife and fork hands. He lives in a dinosaur on Mars.

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Next we have Tom the fish. He has a hotdog body, cheetah legs, meatball arms, candy hands and a rhino horn. He lives in a giant snake in the land of cheese.

 

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Last we have Sunny the cat. She has a chicken nugget body, snake arms, noodle legs in high heels and a pigs tail. She live in a giant rabbit. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to draw the world she lives in.

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I had a great time and I’m pretty sure the kids did to.

Thanks  Charles Sturt Library!

Adelaide Writers’ Week

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I was lucky enough to do a session in the Story Tent at the Adelaide Writers’ Week Festival. The picture above is what the kids came up with in my talk about character creation. Meet Phil the lizard with a sharks body, steampunk tentacles and kangaroo legs. Phil live in a giant jelly fish on Mars.

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It was a fun day with lots of cool things happening. I got to meet lots of cool new people and listen to heaps of really interesting talks.

 

 

 

Pilot and Huxley VS Planet Arpos (Vol 3)

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Pilot and Huxley VS Planet Arpos by Dan McGuiness.

Pilot and Huxley are about to meet the most evil being in the universe. It’s up to them to foil Arpros’ most wicked plan yet: the annihilation of existence. Will Pilot and Huxley save the day?

Buy it online for here.

Pilot and Huxley and the Holiday Portal (Vol 2)

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Pilot and Huxley and the Holiday Portal by Dan McGuiness

Pilot and Huxley just want to go home. But a press of a button sends them on an unexpected side trip to the holiday lands. Halloween may have zombies, but the land of Christmas is where the scary stuff happens. Hitching a ride with Santa to Earth might not be as easy as they thought, especially when Pilot and Huxley find themselves on the entertainment menu.

Buy it online here.

Pilot and Huxley Vol 1.

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Pilot and Huxley by Dan McGuiness.

When Pilot and Huxley forget to return their video game, they have no idea how much trouble they’re about to be in. On the run from an inter-dimensional hit man debt collector who really wants their game, the two friends find themselves stranded in a crazy dimension, where the only way to get home is to retrieve the golden nose-hair of a mountain giant. Things are about to get seriously snotty.

Buy Online here.

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