My rambling wander through employment that most people wouldn’t call a career has recently led me into the children’s literature field. As a parent, I would have said I didn’t know much about kids lit but I knew what I liked…. Boy have I had my eyes opened to all the things I really didn’t know about kids lit!
In the field of Australian children’s literature the names do not come much bigger than this: Julie Vivas, Dee Huxley, Susanne Gervay, Kate Forsyth, Sue Whiting, Barry Jonsberg, Di Bates, Sandy Fussell, Lisa Shanahan, J.A. Mawter, Libby Gleeson; and I’ve met them all in the past year or so. For a reasonably mature, mostly-have-my-act-together 40 something, I can be pretty unprofessionally excited when I meet these people. My kids have read their stuff, heck, I’ve read their stuff. Who has not seen Julie Vivas’ illustrations in Possum Magic? Who has not heard of Libby Gleeson for heaven’s sake?
Of course, most of the time my job consists of answering the phone, paying the bills, banking the cheques but every now and then something comes along that leaves me starstruck and I just love it!