Author Journal · Page 31 of 35 · Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr's author diary: the journal following a writer's working life and the progress of new books, from idea to manuscript to publication.
Christmas in July
30th Jul

Christmas in July

Bronwen and Katherine of Show and Tell had a ‘Christmas in July’ party at Books Illustrated Gallery last Thursday; what a great evening (topped off with Graham Davey as Santa distributing rather…
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Nim at Sea Launch Speech
15th Jul

Nim at Sea Launch Speech

Well, this is what I’d intended to say at the Brisbane Nim at Sea launch… until the evening ensured a few unexpected changes! orrwen – Nim at Sea Launch Speech
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Nim at Sea Launch
10th Jul

Nim at Sea Launch

What can I say? This was a fun and eventful evening, but not quite what we’d planned. Paula Mazur was going to launch it and we were both quite excited about that.…
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Nim in Melbourne’s Age newspaper
23rd Jun

Nim in Melbourne’s Age newspaper

Island tale becomes hot Hollywood property – Entertainment – theage.com.au Funnily enough, I hadn’t ventured outside yet this morning to buy the paper – but when I checked emails, Kaione from gerardbutler.net…
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Nim Celebration Invitation  for Brisbane
22nd Jun

Nim Celebration Invitation for Brisbane

Unfortunately I can’t flit over to North America for a launch of Mokie and Bik, but we will be having one for Nim at Sea, the sequel to Nim’s Island. Paula Mazur,…
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Mokie and Bik at Henry Holt
16th Jun

Mokie and Bik at Henry Holt

Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers Read an excerpt here – easier than my putting it in all over again!
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Mokie and Bik set sail
16th Jun

Mokie and Bik set sail

A busy month for books coming out – now it’s Mokie and Bik in the USA, with Jonathan Bean’s energetic, very beautiful illustrations. In fact, the whole production of this book is…
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It’s a green light for stand-up girls’ roles – MOVIES – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com
12th Jun

It’s a green light for stand-up girls’ roles – MOVIES – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com

This is a really interesting article on ‘a new wave’ of girl characters who are action heroes in their own right. I’m glad that I wrote Nim without ever dreaming that she…
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Another  Nim’s Island Page
11th Jun

Another Nim’s Island Page

Xenia is much better at summing up all the Nim movie news than I am – it’s a very complete history! Once again I’m in awe of people’s skill at putting websites…
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four years ago…
6th Jun

four years ago…

What a fabulous day I had on Sunday, when I visited Paula Mazur in Sydney, nearly four years to the day since she first emailed me to ask about the film rights.…
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Shaun Tan’s ‘The Arrival’
2nd Jun

Shaun Tan’s ‘The Arrival’

The NSW Premier’s Award for Community Relations has been announced, and Shaun Tan’s extraordinary, beautifully evocative book ‘The Arrival’ is the winner. Congratulations to Shaun on the award, but even more for…
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First Aussie Children’s Book as a Hollywood feature?
1st Jun

First Aussie Children’s Book as a Hollywood feature?

A bit of trivia: I’ve been asked a few times whether Nim’s Island is the first Australian children’s book to become a Hollywood feature film. Do any film buffs out there know…
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