Winner of the CBCA Book of the Year (Early Childhood) 2017
'A fun way of helping young readers learn their colours and days of the week.' Kids' Book Review
'A funny, uplifting and beautifully written tale about family, home and place.' Ros Moriaty
'An exciting, illustrated memoir like none I’ve seen before.' Grace Heifetz
‘I love short fiction for the urgency with which landscapes are mapped, characters created and dilemmas raised.’
Johanna’s short fiction has been published in a range of journals and anthologies. Her work draws on Australian landscapes and tends to explore how place and desire shape people. You can read a short example of her story, Silver Linings, in Overland where it was runner up in a national prize and was described by the judges as a ‘quiet tragedy about a disintegrating family unit depicted gorgeously against the backdrop of wild Australia.’
Other publications and awards are listed in her CV.
Aimed at creating a love of language, Johanna’s workshops offer a fun way for young people to learn about the must-have ingredients in a good story and how to play with tools like simile, metaphor and onomatopoeia. Workshops can be tailored for your context with some examples being:
Author visit and Q&A
Interactive book reading
Create your own cheeky character
Make your own picture book
Write and illustrate a collection of poems
Write and illustrate a collection of short stories
Workshops are suitable for students with a range of literacy needs and can be adapted for primary, middle and high school students and for young people outside the formal schooling system.