Lyrebird! a true story

‘Well heavens to Betsy! .. You’re no ordinary chook!’

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When Edith met a cheeky young lyrebird on her garden path, she could not guess that he would one day be known as ‘A Miracle of the Dandenongs’.
This true story, retold by Jackie Kerin and beautifully illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe, celebrates a remarkable friendship between a gardener and one of Australia’s most extraordinary birds.

Published by Museum Victoria, 2012.

Available online from Booktopia and in selected bookstores.

Also available as an ebook from iTunes.

Lyrebird! is was awarded the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books and received a Whitley Awards Certificate of Commendation in 2013.

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Video - Edith’s Lyrebird

This is a digital version of the story called Edith’s Lyrebird and made in collaboration with Malcolm McKinnon for the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. It includes archival footage of the charismatic protagonist dancing on his platform overlooking the gully.

And if you would like to learn more about the research and writing of this story, there is a terrific interview recorded by ABC Radio National.


Phar Lap the wonder horse

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My story starts in springtime when the grass is sweet and new,

On the south isle of New Zealand at a place called Timaru.’

The story of Phar Lap is known and loved by people of all ages. In this version, his story is told in the form of a ballad, evoking the magic and charm of traditional storytelling.

Illustrated with the vivid pictures of award-winning artist Patricia Mullins, this is a beautiful introduction to the legend of Phar Lap. Patricia has used coloured tissue and a variety of Japanese, Nepalese and Indian papers as well as crayon and photo montage.

Phar Lap the Wonder Horse is published by Museum Victoria.

More information on Museum Victoria website

Phar Lap the wonder horse is an Eve Pownall CBCA Noteable

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Coming soon …

GOLD! illustrated by Annie White and published by the National Library of Australia

‘GOLD! The wind snatches the cry from a creek bed and blows it to Melbourne town, then carries it across the seven seas.’

GOLD! is the ripping tale of the first of the large gold nuggets unearthed in Victoria - the Blanche Barkly. Such was the excitement that the lucky diggers were invited to take the BB to London to show Queen Victoria. Annie White’s illustrations evoke the works of S.T. Gill, giving the publication an added depth.


Schools and festivals

Yes I like visiting schools and festivals - just ask.

Rates: I base my rates on those suggested by the Australian Society of Authors.


My Gongs

My first picture storybook Phar Lap the Wonder Horse (illustrator Patricia Mullins, publisher Museums Victoria) was listed as a Notable Book of non-fiction by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2009. In the same year the story also appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing 2009 along with a short story, 1984, winner of the Ada Cambridge Williamstown Literary Festival Prize 2009.

Lyrebird! a true story (illustrator Peter Gouldthorpe, publisher Museums Victoria) received an Eve Pownall Award for Information Books from the Children's Book Council of Australia and a Whitley Awards Certificate of Commendation in 2013.