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Q&A with author and illustrator Gwyn Perkins

2018-09-12T13:59:13+10:00September 12th, 2018|

CBCA winner Gwyn Perkins recently answered some questions from a class of curious Year Two students and his sense of humour shines through so brightly that we wanted to share the Q&A here.

Paula Keogh on the Affirm Press/Varuna Mentorship

2018-05-22T15:03:48+10:00May 22nd, 2018|

It was an intense and inspiring week. My first meeting with the editors became a three-hour discussion of my manuscript. I’d been working alone for years on my story; to talk about it with editors who had read my work deeply was my idea of heaven.

Jane Godwin: Thinking About Colour

2018-04-24T15:35:54+10:00April 24th, 2018|

I have wanted to make a book about colour for young children for some time.  As well as helping them make sense of the world, it’s a child’s first experience of the aesthetic, of art really, and of a visual, sensory, and emotional response.

Blognox: Tony Flowers, illustrator of Vognox the Viking, takes over the blog

2019-07-16T12:12:54+10:00July 16th, 2019|

Author–illustrator dream team Nick Falk and Tony Flowers have joined forces again for a hilarious new junior fiction book, Vognox the Viking and the Island of Skeletons. This rollicking adventure story entices struggling readers through visual storytelling techniques. Catch Tony Flowers at the Byron Writers Festival on Friday 2 August.

How would you like to be our new commissioning editor?

2019-07-17T09:18:54+10:00July 10th, 2019|

Following recent successes and having been named Australian Small Publisher of the Year in 2019, the team at Affirm Press is keen to maintain the momentum by recruiting an experienced, entrepreneurial editor who will love commissioning successful books across the breadth of our list (with the exception of the kids list, at least for now).

Our resident author-slash-circus artist Simi Genziuk on Australia’s bareback riding queen

2019-07-04T16:01:40+10:00July 4th, 2019|

So She Did celebrates the life of May Wirth, who was born in Bundaberg in 1894 and went on to become an internationally famous circus performer. May was renowned for being the first woman in the world to perform the back across – an incredibly risky trick that involved somersaulting from one cantering horse to another. That she did it at a time when girls and women weren’t encouraged to be daring makes it all the more impressive.

The Ruby Award: Senior Editor Ruby Ashby-Orr spent a working week in New York

2019-05-31T14:41:27+10:00May 31st, 2019|

On my five-year anniversary with Affirm Press, Keiran and Martin decided that I’d proofed enough proofs and talked enough authors back from the brink to earn some kind of reward. I thought the idea of a long-service award was lovely, but I’ll admit, when they first brought it up I expected maybe a nice pen – certainly not the chance to spend a working week anywhere in the world for a professional development experience.

Friendship is free: Maggie Hutchings on the power of kindness

2019-05-14T16:04:34+10:00May 14th, 2019|

Author Maggie Hutchings and illustrator Cheryl Orsini, who teamed up for the much-loved Unicorn!, join forces again in Mermaid!, a magical new story about friendship and the wonders of the sea. Maggie shares how her day-to-day work with children as a family counsellor feeds into her work as an author.

Illustrator Sarah Firth on her own Badass Mum

2019-05-13T08:50:36+10:00May 9th, 2019|

Affirm Press editor Coco McGrath teamed up with award-winning illustrator Sarah Firth to create Badass Mums: 30 Boundary Breaking Women Getting Sh*t Done. Illustrator Sarah Firth shares why her own mum, Dianne Firth OAM, is the definition of badass.

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