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Christmas Press in Sydney next week!

Umbrella event 7th Sept SCBWI Conference-page-001Christmas Press will be going to Sydney next week–first to be part of the SCBWI Conference, and then to cheer on our author John Heffernan as he presents his beautiful book with us, Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia, in two special events.

On the Monday of the conference we’ll be viewing the Illustrator Showcase, and looking forward to seeing the work of new and established illustrators! We’ll also be conducting a manuscript critique and appearing on a fabulous panel at 2pm about building a brand while maintaining your passion. Our books will also be featured in the conference bookshop and we’re looking forward to meeting authors, illustrators, readers and publishers!

John Heffernan Two Tales Author Talks (2)-page-001On Tuesday 6th, John Heffernan will be giving a talk at 1 pm Leichhardt Town Library; and will also present at a SCBWI event at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 7th, at the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft when John will be part of a stellar panel of authors and illustrators from Australia and New Zealand. Both are free events, all welcome. Two Tales of Brothers will be available for sale at both these events, and John will be happy to sign them for you!

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Celebration of Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia

Absolutely fantastic event last night at Walcha Gallery of Art, celebrating John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s gorgeous book with Christmas Press, Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia. The evening featured a great exhibition of Kate’s original art from the book and a fabulous talk by John about the experience of writing the book, and the extraordinary Epic of Gilgamesh, which is the source of the stories he retold. The big,enthusiastic crowd just loved it and all the stock of books went in a flash!

Fiona McDonald and Sophie Masson represented Christmas Press at the celebration, and had a lovely time!
Thank you to the Walcha Gallery of Art, Reader’s Companion, and everyone who helped make this such a great event. And congratulations to that fantastically creative duo, John Heffernan and Kate Durack.

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From a modern war zone comes an ancient tale..

From the Advocate (Walcha):

John Heffernan has a new picture book out, illustrated by local artist Kate Durack. Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia tells two pivotal stories from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest tales ever written. “These are stories of great warriors and grand battles from the mists of time,” says John Heffernan. “And yet they are set around an area that has recently seen some of the most brutal fighting in the Middle East, Syria and Iraq. To me there is something disturbingly timeless about that.”

The book has only been published a few weeks but has already had three glowing reviews, including a Highly Recommended from Reading Time, the magazine of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. “I can’t claim any credit for that,” John insists. “Gilgamesh is already a thumping good yarn, pumped with action; I’ve only had to re-tell it. Kate’s visuals are what lift this book to that special level. I hope everyone in Walcha will have a look at it.”

And everyone can have a look. The book will be launched at the Walcha Gallery of Art on Friday June 17th at 6.30pm, along with an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Kate. Author and publisher Sophie Masson will launch the book, Kate will say a few words, and John will give a short reading. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

As an added bonus, there will also be an exhibition of works by Stephen King: TO BIRDSVILLE AND BACK.

Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia is published by Christmas Press.

ISBN 978-0-99423-404-9  RRP $19.99launch brothers

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Publication week for Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia!

Two Tales of Brothers cover higher resIt’s a celebration! This week sees the publication of our latest picture book: Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia, written by John Heffernan and illustrated by Kate Durack. It’s a gorgeous book, with John’s lively retellings of two stories from the Epic of Gilgamesh, interpreted by Kate’s striking pictures that are influenced both by ancient Mesopotamian art and the dynamic power of graphic novels. Congratulations to John and Kate on a stunning book, and may it find many, many readers!

Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia  also represents something of a landmark for us. With our trademark pairing of established author and emerging illustrator, it’s our tenth published title and the sixth title in our ‘Two Tales’ series of picture books that has formed the backbone of  our publishing list since 2013.

We will be showcasing the book at some great events this week and next: at the Society of Women Writers’ lunch function at the State Library of NSW on May 11, where one of our founding directors, Sophie Masson, will be giving the keynote address and speaking about the history and development of Christmas Press; and at the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s conference, at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney on May 19-21.

John and Kate will be at the CBCA conference on Saturday May 21 to sign books–even if you aren’t coming to the conference, you can still come into the bookshop and trade display area to get your copy and have it signed!   kate durackJohn Heffernan author pic

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Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

As 2015 draws to a close, we celebrate a great year, with some wonderful achievements for Christmas Press, our gorgeous books, and our fantastic authors and illustrators!  Thank you to everyone–creators, readers, booksellers, reviewers; our wonderful production manager Karen Small, our hardworking distributors Dennis Jones and Associates, Australian Standing Orders for ordering our Christmas book again, and all our friends and supporters!

Here’s to a lovely Christmas and an even better year to come!

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