April Wrap Up

It has been a huge month, with so many wonderful highlights, check out the gallery below. Running a masterclass on preparing your manuscript for publication with SCBWI ACT. Such a joyous day with so much talent in the room, exiting futures ahead!! Speaking at the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) conference about interacting with Picture […]

James Redden, Harry Hartog Picks ‘There’s a Baddie’ for Christmas

Some of our favourite local authors have some magnificent titles for Christmas. Shelly Unwin’s There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book (A&U) A&U site is so much fun to read out loud with a group of kids. It invokes those same emotions we all felt when first reading There’s a Monster at the End of this Book

Baddie Running Riot Over the last two months we have been enjoying the launch of ‘There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book’ It has provided the opportunity for some wonderful dress ups and I have managed to rope a series of volunteers into becoming rascal raccoons and running havoc around the book shops, much to […]

My Social Media Playground

I’ve just signed up for a 30-day social media challenge for authors. And through the initial discussions it has occurred to me that social media can be very much likened to a playground (particularly by me – as I write children’s books, it’s a totally fitting analogy!) So there’s:   The slide– You climb to […]

Win Win Win!!

This week the Australian Writers’ Centre is running a competition for one lucky winner to walk away with the complete You’re series! That’s all five books! You’re One! to You’re Five! So… if you’ve got some special little ones in your life why don’t you give it a go. It’s super easy!! Just follow the […]

Podcast Interview

It was with great pleasure that I took a trip down memory lane with Valerie Khoo on her wonderful podcast ‘So You Want to be a Writer.’ Valerie was keen to explore what made me want to become a writer, how I ran my ‘writing business’ and how I was eventually fortunate enough to find […]

The Boomerang Books Blog – You’re Five! Series review by Dimity Powell

The You’re Series by Shelly Unwin and Katherine Battersby Oh, those first five years of a child’s life, how they sweep by, each day a miracle, each birthday a momentous, memorable milestone. Throughout each new year of baby’s life, so many small but wondrous discoveries take place. Many of them are divinely captured in Unwin’s debut picture book collection, The You’re Series. […]

Kids Book Review : 12 Curly Questions with author Shelly Unwin

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2017/06/12-curly-questions-with-author-shelly.html 1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.  I used to be a chronic sleepwalker. I once packed up my entire bedroom, including the pictures on the walls and the curtains. Fortunately I grew out of it! 2. What is your nickname?   I have a few! My school friends and sports friends call […]

Spotlight On: Shelly Unwin | NSW Writers’ Centre

http://www.nswwc.org.au/2017/06/spotlight-on-shelly-unwin/ Spotlight On: Shelly Unwin Shelly Unwin, an up-and-coming children’s book author, is our feature writer for this month’s Spotlight On. Shelly grew up in England surrounded by animals and a feisty palomino pony. She was the middle child of three and had eleven foster siblings (though not all at the same time!). At university, […]