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December 2011.

In December I’m having an exhibition at Fox Creek Cellar Door Gallery, Malpas Road McLaren Vale. It is mainly small lino-prints (good for Christmas presents!) all based on Air, Earth and Water. So if you’re out for a drive over summer pop in and have a look, and send me a message to tell me which is your favourite. It will be open daily from 10am to 5pm from December 7 until January 11.

September 2011.

Sally will be signing copies of The Most Beautiful Lantern at the Moon Lantern Festival at Elder Park on Monday 12 September, the fifteenth night of the eighth month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, which is the Mid-Autumn Festival. Zhong Qiu Jie Kuai Le!

Come along to Shakespeare’s Books at Port Noarlunga on 3 October from 1 to 4pm to listen to Sally read The Most Beautiful Lantern and make your own paper lantern to take home. 

July 2011

All That I Am has been selected to be part of the inaugural Children’s Choice Award. Along with seven other titles it will read in primary schools within the City of Onkaparinga over the next few months, and students will vote for their favourite.  The winner will be announced during the SA Writers’ Festival 2–11 September 2011. 

The year so far has been spent working on prints for an exhibition later I the year, and several new book projects.

March 2011.I'll be running workshops at WOMAD so come along to the Carclew tent and make your own "Most Beautiful Lantern" or just come along and say hello. 2011 has started off being as busy as ever. As well as starting the year with running some writing and illustration workshops, I am working on several new projects. More news coming soon!

July 2010. India Kaleidoscope has finally arrived on my desk! It's great to see the finished product at last after working so hard on it for so long. I'm excited about having used a lino print for the cover, the first time I've used a print in a book. Some sample pages can be previewed on the publisher's website, You can also see the cover image on my blogsite You can also see some images there from another book I recently illustrated, All That I Am, by Myra Lim-Hurt published by Orange Press. Some of these images and others are currently being exhibited in the SALA show at Cibo at Henley Square, and I am also showing work in another SALA exhibition, Storylines, opening at Gallery M on August 6. All the illustrations from All That I Am, The Most Beautiful Lantern and others are available as greeting cards as well as limited edition prints. If you are interested in purchasing books, artwork or prints, or if you'd just like to say hello, email me via the contact page on this site. I always love to get any feedback on my work. 2010 has been a great year so far. After spending most of February at Varuna, the writers' house in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, in May I headed off to Singapore to attend and speak at the Asian Festival of Children's content, where I met some great people from all over the region and took in some very interesting talks. I took the opportunity to visit Cambodia for a couple of weeks, followed by a quick trip to Sydney and have just returned from a trip to Melbourne and the snow. As a complete contrast to that, in the last week of July I'll be in Arnhem Land, working with local people along with writer Leonie Norrington and illustrator Beth Norling. I've got so many ideas for new stories and artwork it will be good just to be in one place for a while after that and get some of them started!

April 2010. It feels like 2010 has only just started, yet suddenly it's nearly May! I spent most of February at Varuna, the writers' house in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, on the final year of my three-year writing fellowship, with many thanks to CAL and Varuna. I managed to finish two large projects I've been working on as well as make significant progress on another. I was extremely fortunate to spend such a productive time in such beautiful and peaceful surroundings, and to meet and share time with some wonderful creative people there. Fortunate too to see many lyre birds on my daily walks. Since then, along with ongoing workshops, I have been working hard on completing the illustrations for my new book, India Kaleidoscope, which will be out very soon. It will be great to see the finished product at last after working so hard on it for so long. I'm excited about having used a lino print for the cover, the first time I've used a print in a book. You can see the image on my blog along with some other prints and recent illustrations. I've also been working on the illustrations for a new book for Sunbear Publishing. At the beginning of May I'm heading off to Singapore to attend and speak at the Asian Festival of Children's content, and taking the opportunity to visit Cambodia for a couple of weeks.

September 2009. Book Week was very busy but great fun, visiting a number of schools and libraries and meeting lots of great kids. A big hello to you all, and thanks for being such great audiences. I have also been involved in the three Young Writers' nights organised by the SA Writers' Centre. I always enjoy these evenings and hearing stories from some of the amazingly talented young writers who are out there. Next month I will be one of the judges for the City of Charles Sturt's Mayoral Make-a-Book Program and am looking forward to reading some more great stories by young people. In June and July I travelled to Pine Creek and Darwin for some final research for a new novel, which is almost complete. The journey turned into a story in itself, when the car broke down near Alice Springs, which opened up a whole new, unplanned, set of adventures. Apart from that I've been busy working on a non-fiction book about India, making a start on a novel and picture book set in India and Australia, making plans for a big trip to India next year and illustrating a lovely picture book which I'm greatly enjoying. I've just seen the first copies of the ABC Book of Christmas, with illustrations by thirteen Australian Illustrators including me. There are some beautiful images, all very different.

May 2009. Sally has been working on a number of projects including a book about India, a novel and a couple of picture books. She has also been running workshops on writing and illustrating picture books, and is looking forward to doing some school workshops next term. A small exhibition of Sally's work is currently showing at Adelaide Health Care.

In October 2008, Sally spent three weeks in Brisbane thanks to a May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowship. As well as working on a novel, she spent a fun afternoon making lanterns with children at the State Library, culminating in a lively lantern parade, conducted writing and illustration workshops with school groups, and spoke at a High Tea for the Trust. Many thanks to the May Gibbs Trust for their generous support.

Sally has illustrated two new releases from Sunbear Publishing, What Colour were the Dinosaurs? and a junior novel TEN.

Sally received a high commendation in the 2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, for her drawing Daintree. This is the third consecutive year that she has been shortlisted.for the prize. Greeting cards featuring details of Daintree, are available at the South Australian Museum shop.

Cards featuring the illustrations from The Most Beautiful Lantern are available from the Festival Theatre Shop, and some of her hand-made cards are now at Bimbo in Rundle Street. For orders and enquiries about cards or prints please contact Sally via the contact page.

In February Sally appeared at the Perth Writers' Festival, and was at Wordstorm, the Darwin Writers' Festival in May. While in Darwin she also undertook some research for the new novel she is currently working on.

In March and April she spent three weeks at at Varuna, a writers' centre in the Blue Mountains, on the second year of a three-year fellowship awarded last year to work on her second novel. Sally led the Term 2 discussion on Global EdNet, exploring how celebrations and festival change and adapt, and can provide ways of bridging cultural boundaries. During the year she visited a number of city and country schools for writer/illustrator talks and workshops. See contact page for how to book workshops and talks.