Good Reading : May 2006
14 goodreading ı MAY 2006 book trivia Animalia coming to TV Graeme Base’s internationally bestselling chil- dren’s picture book Animalia was first published in 1986. Its intricate artwork struck an instant chord with children, parents and teachers in Australia, and it went on to sell more than three million copies worldwide. Now pre-production has begun on turning Animalia into a series of half-hour animated television programs aimed at children from six to nine years, to be shown on Channel 10 next year. The series will be animated at a studio in Queensland and one in sgow, Scotland, d will blend medy, adventure d mystery. Says thor and illustra- r Graeme Base: nimalia is a many-layered world f detail, imagina- on and humour. Seeing it come to ife on the screen s tremendously exciting.’ Cross-cultural celebration The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers Festival will take place in Bali from 30 September to 3 October this year. Australian YA author Susanne Gervay attended last year’s festival and had this to say about it: ‘In defiance of the bombing tragedy in Bali and security warnings, more than 100 writers, artists, filmmakers and scholars from 16 countries showed solidarity through their participation. Ubud is an exotic artists’ town filled with painters, stone masons, wood carvers, silversmiths and craftsmen. Against the back- drop of the rich green of paddy fields and valleys of palms and coconut trees, in the sumptuous Indus restaurant, participants listened to world- renowned authors, Booker prize winner Michael Ondaatje and bestselling author of The Glass Palace Amitav Ghosh. The speakers at the festival offered their audiences intellectual, humorous, cultural, social and thought- provoking ideas.’ This year’s festival will showcase travel writer and historian William Dalrymple, Suketu Mehta of Maximum City fame, Alchemy of Desire author Tarun Tejpal, Su Tong from China and a host of other authors from all over the world, discussing the theme ‘Place, Time, Identity’. Creative kids’ comp The Sunshine Coast Secondary Teacher Librarians’ association is running a competition for children’s writing and illustration, in conjunction with the ‘Voices on the Coast’ youth literature festival to be held from 29 May to 3 June at various venues on the Sunshine Coast. Entry for the competition doesn’t close until 21 July and there are categories for illustration, poetry and narrative, for Years 7 to 12, so visit www. immanuel.qld.edu.au/voices for entry forms and get those creative juices ﬂowing in your children! My favourite book is … More than 30,000 children aged ﬁve to 17, from all over Australia, voted online, in store and at school for their all-time favourite books in the Angus & Robertson bookstores’ kids’ book poll. Their Children’s Book Buyer, Helen O’Dare, says: ‘I think we will see many books that will reﬂect an Australian outlook, by authors such as Mem Fox and John Marsden.’ The ﬁnal list was not available at the time of going to press, but it will be announced at a Melbourne-based event in mid-May, so keep an eye on the Angus & Robertson store nearest you (they have 172 stores nationwide) to check out the results. No expense spared It might not look like much — it has no cover, for a start — but Journey of Discovery to Port Phillip, an unpublished proof copy of Hamilton Hume and William Hovell’s account of their 1824 expedition across the Australian Alps, sold recently for $932,000, making it the most expensive Australian book ever. Previously, the record was held by Voyage of Willem de Vlamingh, which sold for $768,900 in March 2005.