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Q&A with author and illustrator Gwyn Perkins

2018-09-12T13:59:13+11:00September 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+11:00May 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+11:00April 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.

Rightful Places: We Are Here

2019-11-12T13:54:39+11:00November 12th, 2019|

New profit-for-purpose book We Are Here, edited by former Big Issue deputy editor Meg Mundell, is a vibrant and moving collection of true stories showcases the creative talents of people who have known homelessness.

Paul Byrnes on the child soldiers who fought in WWI

2019-10-31T16:21:37+11:00October 31st, 2019|

The idea for The Lost Boys started in Belgium in summer 2017, with a gravestone and a pint of Belgian beer. Paul Byrnes had been researching in the battlefields, when he noticed a gravestone that mentioned an under-age soldier. Here, Paul shares how his this discovery turned into a book.

Lessons from 3000km alone in the wild: Laura Waters on being ‘rewilded’

2019-09-13T11:09:47+11:00September 13th, 2019|

For much of my life, fear has been invisibly woven into the fabric of my existence, regularly whispering helpful pearls in my ear such as ‘Life is dangerous,’ and ‘You’re crap at this’. So perhaps I wasn’t the most obvious person to end up walking 3,000km solo from one end of New Zealand to the other – but in the end, this journey chose me.

Love Letter to a Book: Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

2019-08-29T08:53:24+11:00August 29th, 2019|

The theme of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival is ‘When we talk about love’ and it all kicks off this Friday 30 August. Inspired by the event Love Letter to a Book, the Affirm Press team shares a heartfelt note to a book from our past, thanking it for the way it shaped and moved us.

Required watching: Fiona Hardy’s favourite childhood films

2019-08-27T09:36:35+11:00August 27th, 2019|

Fiona Hardy’s brilliant debut novel How to Make a Movie in 12 Days is, in part, an homage to her long-held love of all things film. (If you couldn’t tell by the title, just check out the 20-page school holidays movie guide at the back of the book.) Here, Fiona shares five films that kick-started her movie madness.

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