General Macarther meets Leigh Hobbs, Deb Abela, Chris Cheng, Gabrielle Wang at Ipswich Festival

General Macarther meets Leigh Hobbs, Deb Abela, Chris Cheng, Gabrielle Wang at Ipswich Festival

award winning illustrator Leigh Hobbs, hams it up with author Meredith Costain (hidden) at Woodlands 1880 Ipswich FestivalThe ghost adventure is dark, eerie in the Woodland 1880s mansion at Ipswich Festival.

Leigh Hobbs creator of the famous and fractious ‘OLD TOM’ was being ‘scary’ with fabulous author Meredith Costain hamming it up as his doppler behind him.

General Macarthur stayed at Woodlands and his red leather chair and desk dominates an upstairs room. So of course the guys all sat in the General’s chair. Then the girls go into the act.Monkey Baa Theatre performing Susanne Gervay's 'I Am Jack' Ipswich Festival for Children's Literature, Woodland at Marburg,author christopher cheng in General Macurther's chair at Woodlands Marburg, Ipswich Festival of Children's Literature


Hanging out at the pool table with all the writers & illustrators – author Sue Whiting and illustrator Anne Spudvilas were hilarious at our game of chance and dice – I rolled a full 5 dice!!!!!!

400 hundred kids packed into the performance of  ‘I Am Jack’ held spellbound -Lowood, Silkstone, Bethany, Bundamba, Toogoolawah, Brassall, Kentville, Lockrose schools were FABULOUS!

Morning walk with illustrator and author mark Wilson, illustrators Anne Spudvilas and Leigh Hobbs through the mist and field.

LOVE the authors and illustrators there – Deborah Abela, Brian Faulkiner, Sally Rippin, Gabrielle Wang, Gus Gordon, Lucia Mascuillo, Mark Wilson, Tristan Bancks, Sheryl Gwyther, Angela Sunde and ……

Thankyou to Festival Director Jenny Stubbs.

author Deborah Abela, Festival Director Jenny Stubbs, author Brian Faulkiner, Ipswich Festival of Children's Literatureauthor Gabrielle Wang at Ipswich Festival for Children's Literaturepicture book creator Gus Gordon, author Sue Whiting, author and illustrator Sally Rippin Ipswich Festival for Children's Literature



I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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