Shearing Time is here! Winners!

Shearing Time Winners and my favourite illustration!

Thanks for the terrific comments, I enjoyed them so much I’m giving away two books!

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Yarding up the sheep – my favourite page!

Congratulations to Joyce who shared beautiful memories  of the family farm on my webpage and to Madelyn Leerson, who is busy making memories in the very shed which inspired Shearing Time! Thanks to Madelyn’s dad Chris Leerson – please send me an email with your address to apaterson64@gmail.com. The teaching notes are now available on my website and you can buy Shearing Time at Big Sky Publishing. There is another chance to win on Karen Tyrell’s page until March 10. Thanks for sharing in the Shearing Time launch! You can enjoy some Shearing Time fun at Books of Buderim on April 10 at 10.00am.

Shearing Time Launch and Giveaway – Last chance!

In Shearing Time you can almost hear the racket that resonates through the shed! The detail is amazing. We even have a fun glossary of shearing terms to share. Why would the shearers call out Ducks on the Pond!? Keep reading for two chances to win a copy today! Last chance, winner announced tomorrow!

The Shearers at work

Comment and share a memory to win a copy of Shearing Time. Some terrific comments coming in! Pop over to http://www.karentyrrell.com/ for another chance to win and read some publishing tips from me. You can buy Shearing Time from the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.

Shearing Time Launch and Giveaway

The Characters

Shearing Time is a companion tale to Granny’s Place – the same characters appear again except we are all a little older this time! Check out the beautiful Border collie on the front page of both books. She doesn’t have a name in the books but we affectionately call her Annie, that’s the name of my own Border collie.

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Shearing Time

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When Shane drew up the dog character and sent it though to me I was amazed that he had drawn a likeness of my dog Annie,  he didn’t even know I had a dog … she had passed away just a few weeks before. In Shearing Time, Annie has left Granny’s place and is now living on our farm. Look for her pup on the front cover, he is learning to be a good working dog!

For your chance to win a copy of Shearing Time just comment on one of my daily posts and tell me about your fondest childhood memory. My favourite comment will be a winner! Another chance to win on Karen Tyrell’s blog tomorrow!

You can buy Shearing Time from the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.

 

Shearing Time Launch and Giveaway

The Illustrations

In Shearing Time, Shane thought about each of the characters in the story (including the animals) and imagined what their back-story might be. This could be about the clothes they wear, the car they drive, even the drink bottles of the shearers. Shane remembered the country houses and the old sheds he used to visit when he was a boy and added these details into the illustrations. For example, in the kitchen you will see that the sink has THREE taps, one for hot, one for cold and the third for tank water, it looks just like the kitchen on the farm!

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Shane likes to draw the old-fashioned way with pencil and paper first, and then scans them into Photoshop. Using a drawing tablet he then gives the pictures colour, adding shadows and textures and trying all types of things.

WIN! Comment on one of my daily posts, tell me about your fondest childhood memory for a chance to win a copy of Shearing Time. Some terrific comments coming in! For another chance to win pop over to Karen Tyrell’s blog on Tuesday. You can buy Shearing Time from the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.

Shearing Time Launch and Giveaway

Inspirational Illustrations!

Here’s the original homestead known as Fairfields that my ancestors, the Shipp Family, built at Pyramid Hill circa 1880.  That’s my great-grandad, a shearer, at the gate in the 1950’s.  The shearing team camped in the house with the family. Shane McGrath’s depiction in Shearing Time is stunning.

The old home on the farm where my mum's family lived.
The old home on the farm where my mum’s family lived.

page-7-shearing-team-of-the-pastShane grew up in Melbourne and had lots of cousins that he loved to visit in places like Ballarat and St Arnaud in country Victoria. He would explore the old buildings, climb over old machinery and chase geckos through the bush. The sounds and colours of the countryside are what he remembers most. I think he perfectly captures the Australian landscape and rural life! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Shearing Time and for another chance to win drop over to the wonderful Karen Tyrell’s blog on Tuesday, Feb 28.