Guest episode artwork by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis
Charmaine Ledden-Lewis is a self-taught artist and medium-chameleon, and a descendant of the Bundjalung People, residing with her husband and two sons in the idyllic Blue Mountains on Dharug and Gundungurra Country.
Nurtured in a loving family, surrounded by art and music, Charmaine developed a passion for all things creative from an early age, and strives to encourage creativity, compassion and empathy in everyone she meets.
Winner of the 2019 Kestin Award, Charmaine’s first children’s picture book, ‘Found’, is a collaboration with her personal hero, Bruce Pascoe, and explores themes and perspectives concerning the Stolen Generations, of which Charmaine is a living legacy.
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Kirli is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning multidisciplinary creator and consultant. An experienced speaker and facilitator advocating for the environment, gender and racial equality and LGBTIQA+ rights, Kirli was the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020).
Kirli’s books, The Incredible Freedom Machines (2018, Scholastic), Kindred (2019, Magabala) and Bindi (2020, Magabala) have been celebrated by the Prime Minister’s, QLD, WA and Victorian Premier’s Literary, ABIAs, Kate Challis RAKA, ABDA and CBCA awards. Her work is published in anthologies and public art. She has 8 forthcoming titles.
Kirli’s art has been exhibited in Shoalhaven and Wollongong Galleries and commissioned for public art across a range of sectors. With the support of Australia Council for the Arts, Kirli will hold her first solo poetic arts exhibition Returning at the SHAC Gallery in 2021. Her first Solo play, Going Home has been commissioned by Playwriting Australia, and will take the stage in 2022. Kirli is a board member for Merrigong Theatre.
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Penelope Larila Towney is a 7 YO Wiradjuri/ Palawa kid based in the Illawarra on Dharawal/ Yuin Country.
Penelope’s middle name Larila, is the palawa kani word for platypus. Her Wiradjuri totem is the Googa, or sand goanna. Pen has two central bearded dragons, named Gadangal (meaning lizard in Wiradjuri) and Kanaplila Nayri (meaning, ‘the good dance’ or ‘the good song’ in palawa kani).
Penelope is incredibly passionate about learning and sharing her languages, Wiradjuri & palawa kani, along with learning all about her culture and where she comes from. She also loves public speaking, art, reading, science, drama, soccer and spending time with her family and friends.
Pen’s first short film, ‘The Land We’re On With Penelope Towney' premieres on NITV, on 15/10/21 at 7:30PM.
Kate recommends The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett, published by Allen & Unwin.
We Go Way Back by Idan Ben-Barak and Philip Bunting, published by Allen & Unwin.
Liz recommends The Spectacular Suit written by Kat Patrick, illustrated by Hayley Wells and published by Scribble.
Night Lights written by Inda Ahmad Zahri and illustrated by Lesley McGee, published by Little Pink Dog Books.
A Perfect Pig, written and illustrated by Katrin Dreiling and published by Scholastic.
Drover written by Neridah McMullin and illustrated by Sarah Anthony, published by Walker Books.
Nat recommends Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket, published by Rock The Boat.
The What On Earth Institute of Wonder by Lisa Nicol, published by Penguin Random House.
This episode, Kate gives a shout-out to the winners of this year's Environment Award for Children's Literature, in particular our very own Nat Amoore whose middle grade novel The Power of Positive Pranking was the winner in the Fiction category!
Other winners include Tree Beings by Raymond Huber and Sandra Severgnini in the Non-fiction category and The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson and Rovina Cai in the Picture Fiction category.
The winners were chosen from a fabulous shortlist of kids' books. Be sure to check them all out at the website of the Wilderness Society.
On Nat's radar is some School Holiday fun for kids thanks to the State Library of Victoria.
It’s time to get a little wild, with a BOOK PARTY IN THE HOUSE on Friday Sept 30th at 11am. Adrian Beck, Mick Elliott and own very own Nat Amoore will be throwing an epic book party where you’ll get more than you might expect from your average book event.
It’s a free event, perfect for 5-10 years olds who have a bit of extra school holiday energy to burn. Expect Book'N'Boogie dancing, music challenges, bad Dad jokes, illustrating fun and heaps of prizes to be won. So dress up and sign up!
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This episode, we’re giving away copies of two awesome books by today’s special guests - Found by Bruce Pascoe and Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, plus Bindi by Kirli Saunders and Dub Leffler, thanks to Magabala Books.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us who you like to share stories with.
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 19th October to be in the running.
To illustrators Ramona Davey and Marianne Khoo for all our wonderful One More Page images.
And to our sound editor Adam Orlowski for his wonderful audio genius - check out his other work at www.aosd.tk
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