Tarn McLean tonight launched START Student Art Toowoomba, with the grand vision of linking a community of secondary school artists with their peers in other towns and cities across Australia and internationally. "The idea behind START is that it will be a public platform for every Year 11 and 12 student in Toowoomba to showcase their creativity in a professional environment to the public on a monthly basis.' Child Writes graduates Lissy and Bella are the first two artists who will be mentored by Tarn as she guides them through the curatorial process to the opening night at the end of November. ..
Bucket Lists are what we think of as the year draws to a fast, hurtling close! Have we done everything we set out to do? Have we finished projects? Are we proud of what we have achieved? Well, a great story from Child Writes is another 12 children have just (today!) finished their books. We refer to them as the newest members of the 100 CLUB, because that is how many hours we estimate they have poured into creating, writing and illustrating their own picture book. ..
In 2003, there was a buzz at the Frankfurt Book Fair – a book by an author only known as ANONYMOUS was the talk of the town. It was clever, it was racy, it was a game changer… Fast forward a decade and we know the author was and is Nikki Gemmell* and now she shares everything about her world in a clever and timely fashion as a columnist, as a television personality, and yes, as an author. I remember an interview with her (Denton?) when she described the process of writing the book and how, once she decided to take ‘Nikki’ out of the equation, she was free to write. She didn’t set out to make life complicated, she just wanted to be free to explore. ..