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Reluctantly Charmed - preview

March 20, 2015

Reluctantly Charmed (Ch. 1)
In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies. Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt’s will would be just another non-event in her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called “The Seven Steps” under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt’s estate. And those poems? They’re a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies…

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Hello! from Australia Rights and Promotional Catalogue released

March 20, 2015

I’m thrilled and proud to announce that nine illustrated books from the Jacinta di Mase Management stable have been selected for the Bologna 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition and book display, curated and organised by Books Illustrated and the Australian Publishers Association.

Meet Jacinta di Mase’s authors and illustrators visiting Bologna Book Fair this year at the Hello! from Australia exhibition creators’ table:

Monday 30 March:
3.30 – 5.00pm: Meet illustrator Ann James who will be promoting her two picture books with JDM author Janeen Brian ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ and ‘I’m a Hungry Dinosaur’ (published by Penguin Books Australia).

Tuesday 31 March:
11.00am – 12.30pm: Sally Heinrich & Jane Jolly will be promoting their picture book ‘One Step at a Time’ (published by MidnightSun) and ‘Tea and Sugar Christmas’ written by Jane Jolly and illustrated by Robert Ingpen (published by National Library of Australia).

Tuesday 31 March:
12.30 – 2.00pm: Jedda Robaard will be promoting ‘The Little Joey that lost her bounce’, ‘The little Koala that lost his Tree’ and ‘George the Bilby Chef and the Raspberry Muffin Surprise’ (published by The Five Mile Press).

Tuesday 31 March:
3.30 – 5.00pm: Meet illustrator Owen Swan who will be promoting his two books with JDM author Phil Cummings, ‘Anzac Biscuits’ and ‘Newspaper Hats’ (Scholastic).

Wednesday 1 April:
11.00 – 12.30pm: Jedda Robaard will be promoting ‘The Little Joey that lost her bounce’, ‘The little Koala that lost his Tree’ and ‘George the Bilby Chef and the Raspberry Muffin Surprise’ (published by The Five Mile Press).

Thursday 2 April:
9.30 – 11.00am: Sally Heinrich & Jane Jolly will be promoting their picture book ‘One Step at a Time’ (published by MidnightSun) and ‘Tea and Sugar Christmas’ written by Jane Jolly and illustrated by Robert Ingpen (published by National Library of Australia).

Thursday 2 April:
12.30 – 2.00pm: Meet illustrator Ann James who will be promoting her two picture books with JDM author Janeen Brian ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ and ‘I’m a Hungry Dinosaur’ (published by Penguin Books Australia).

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'Ask an ALAA Agent' articles in The Victorian Writer magazine

December 10, 2014

ALAA, the Australian Literary Agents’ Association, have teamed up with Writers Victoria to publish a series of articles in their The Victorian Writer magazine.

The first article is by Jacinta di Mase in the November issue ‘Research’ giving inside information on the best (and worst) times to submit your manuscript.

In the December issue ‘Travel’ Fiona Inglis from Curtis Brown Australia examines the process of selling overseas rights.

Writers Victoria publishes 10 issues per year of The Victorian Writer magazine which benefits all members.

Check out their website for more information.
http://writersvictoria.org.au/

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Clare Wright wins the "The Nib" Waverley Library Award for Literature

November 28, 2014

Congratulations to Clare Wright who has won Waverley Council’s prestigious $20,000 Literary Prize and the People’s Choice Award, for her wonderful history of the women of Ballarat, the Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

Nib Waverley Library Award writes:

“The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a beautifully told and powerful story about the women and children who flocked to Ballarat in pursuit of freedom and unlimited opportunity.

Waverley Mayor Sally Betts congratulated Wright and the five other shortlisted winners for their contribution to this year’s Nib: Waverley Library Award for Literature.

“I was spellbound when I read Clare’s book, the forgotten Rebels of Eureka, because she has taken a piece of history that we all know about and slowly, with beautiful writing, weaved personal stories into it,” she said. “People who love history should read it because it is a history lesson as well as a good read.”

Wright has worked as a political speechwriter, university lecturer, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster.

She said it was an honour and delight to be awarded the NIB for 2014. “Libraries are my favourite places; the comfort, stimulation and sense of belonging they afford me have always been a potent force for good in my life,” she said

Read the complete media release here

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Bologna Children's Book Fair 'Hello! From Australia' Exhibition 2015

November 14, 2014

The agency is thrilled and proud to announce that Five picture books from the Jacinta di Mase Management stable have been selected for the Bologna 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition, curated and organised by Books Illustrated and the Australian Publishers Association.

32 contemporary Australian illustrated books were chosen from more than 100 books submitted for the opportunity, but only 32 were selected to be represented with an A2 limited edition giclee prints as part of the Hello! from Australia rights exhibition.

The Five picture books from Jacinta di Mase management are listed below:

Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen
Birdie’s Boots by Phil Cummings and Sara Acton
Our Village in the Sky by Janeen Brian and Anne Spudvilas
One Step at a Time by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich
Imagine a City by Elise Hurst

Congratulations to Jane, Elise, Phil, and Janeen and their creative partners for this wonderful achievement.

The exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Previous Bologna exhibitions of Hello! from Australia have received an enthusiastic afterlife at other book festivals and fairs, including presentations at:
- Paju Bookcity in South Korea;
- the National Youth and Children’s Library, Seoul;
- the Korea Foundation Cultural Gallery, Seoul;
- the inaugural International Illustration Concours on Nami Island, Korea; and
- the Capital Library Beijing, China, as part of Australian Writers Week.

A highlight of the 2015 fair will be the presence of the Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who will give the opening speech at the Australia Party and be part of the second international Children’s Laureate Summit in Bologna.

You can view the full list of book selected to be represented by a limited edition print on the Books Illustrated blog

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Check out Ellie O'Neill's new website!

September 12, 2014

Ellie O’Neill has launched a new website to celebrate the release of her debut commercial fiction title ‘Reluctantly Charmed’ published by Simon and Schuster Australia this October.

As part of the launch the Irish tourist board is offering the chance to WIN a free trip to Ireland – simply purchase the book and send them the receipt.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity here

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'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' comes to life on Story Box Library

September 12, 2014

Have you heard about the Story Box Library?

Story Box Library features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia’s finest storytellers.

And… Story Box Library now features ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ being read by illustrator Ann James. We are thrilled about this promotion of Janeen Brian and Ann James’ picture book and hope you enjoy watching.

What is Story Box Library?

“We’d like you to think of it as an online ‘reading room’. It’s a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children’s Literature is on permanent exhibit.

Our main intention? To deliver the precious experience that sharing a book entails. Story Box Library is committed to supporting and encouraging the practice of storytelling – inspiring young imaginations to soar.

We connect children with literature through the complementary medium of film. Story Box Library provides a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of everyday Australian storytellers – sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, actors, with varying accents and from different cultures – each sharing past and present book titles. The result is meaningful, entertaining readings that focus on both teller and tale.

Use it as a bedtime tale, a facilitator for discussion in the classroom, or a read aloud model – the choice is yours. No matter what the reason for your visit to Story Box Library, we help children journey to that most uniquely precious place; the wilds of their own imagination.” – Story Box Library website

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I'm a Dirty Dinosaur delivers 'extreme joyousness' in the Kirkus Review

September 05, 2014

Who has a starred Kirkus Reviews? The Dirty Dino that’s who! Congratulations to Janeen Brian, Ann James, Penguin Books Australia and Kane Miller for publishing ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ into the US.

Here’s a snippet of the review:

KIRKUS REVIEW

“This Australian import cries out for toddler participation, with parts for everyone.

The little dinosaur—an outline sketch of a creature drawn with multicolored pencil—rejoices in total mudlusciousness with a vigorous chant…

It is nearly impossible to look at without reading aloud, chanting aloud, and even tapping and stamping and sliding: extreme joyousness. (Picture book. 4-7)”

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'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' by Janeen Brian and illustrated by Ann James awarded CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book 2014

August 15, 2014

A huge congratulations to Janeen Brian and Ann James for their CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book Award for I’m a Dirty Dinosaur published by Penguin Books Australia.

The perfect creative team. Watch Janeen and Ann in action talking about the inspiration behind I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

View all of the Book of the Year Awards 2014 – Winners here

and a sequel…

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Clare Wright's 'The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka' shorlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards

August 15, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that Stella Prize Winner, Clare Wright, has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. We would also like to congratulate the other shortlisted authors in this section: Joan Beaumont, Ian Clark and Fred Cahir.

MEDIA RELEASE: STATE LIBRARY OF NSW

Shortlists announced for 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards 11/8/2014

The Premier of NSW, the Honourable Mike Baird MP today [Monday 11 August] announced the shortlist for the 2014 NSW Premier’s History Awards. Eight judges considered almost 150 entries across the five prize categories. The Premier commented: “This year’s World War One commemorations are a time to reflect upon our nation’s involvement in the war and a reminder of the importance of the work of historians in marking and understanding our nation’s past.”

2014 SHORTLIST

Australian History Prize
Judges: Professor Richard Waterhouse (Chair), Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Associate Professor James Curran and Dr Jennifer Lawless.
• Broken Nation, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
• The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives, edited by Ian Clark and Fred Cahir (CSIRO Publishing)
• The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright (Text Publishing)

To read the full media release, shortlist and judges’ reports please visit the NSW Premier’s History Awards website here

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