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14 May 2011 ·

My Creative Space

My friend Christopher Cheng has been doing a series on different authors’ creative spaces:

Here’s mine: 

For the first time in my life, my creative space was designed especially to be my office when we built the house. I was actually quite happy in the odd spaces I had in houses before, but I love this.

I wrote my first books on an old kitchen table, then an IKEA desk my kids had finished with, but a few years ago I had this desk purpose built: lots of room for files, a keyboard drawer, a hole for that messy spiderweb of cords: perfect. Then I had these bookcases built from two blackwood trees that were knocked down in a storm – a long wait of milling, drying, and finally building, but absolutely worth it! The only problem is that they’re not elastic, so books are already being stacked in odd places.

Besides books, I’ve got teddy bears that belonged to each of my parents as well as my kids, a Folkmanis chameleon puppet that the Nim’s Island producer, sent me because it reminded her of Fred, the princess puppet that Red Balloon Books in Minneapolis gave me at the Princess and her Panther launch… the only rule is that everything on display has to make me feel good. The walls have awards, illustrations from my books, a portrait of the Alex Rover hero that was under the writer’s desk in the film and the freestanding movie poster jammed behind the couch. The back of the sliding door usually has maps for the work in progress (I’ve just taken Raven’s Mountain’s maps down).

And I’m lucky enough to have a beautifully peaceful green view out my windows… (and a massage table from when I’ve sat at the computer too long!)

and I thought it most important to add this photo too that Wendy sent to me … with a few pieces from the MOVIE!


  1. Pamela Freeman I want your office!
    May 20, 2011 at 11:10 am · Reply
  2. Wendy You can come and work in it any time you want!
    May 20, 2011 at 11:11 am · Reply
  3. DimbutNice Is that gorgeous view more distracting than a blank white wall? Lucky you. Thanks for sharing Dimity
    May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm · Reply
  4. Wendy Yes, it's inspiring in some ways,and it certainly makes me happy - but I think I worked best one year when I faced a tall wooden fence - nothing to distract me there!
    May 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm · Reply
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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio