Ten modules of e-course on creating a picture book – documents only

$100 - Writing 

$120 - Illustrating 

$150- Mini-assessment of picture book story           

$200 - Create a Kids’ Book Workshop - 15th August 2020    

Next Picture Book Workshop:

Saturday 15th August 2020 (Ormond, Melbourne)

Please contact us for details.
Special deal: if you bring a friend it is $400 for two.

Poetry Publications: 

On Sunday 12th August 2018 Lines Between was launched at the Brighton Library in the Round Room. It is John's and my poems on the same incident or topic 'in dialogue'. Judith Rodriguez, the poet, launched it and said 'This is a rare treasure, this conversation of a partnership, the shared experience of decades' - see our poetry page for her full lunch speech. If you are interested in buying a signed copy, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is $15 plus p&p.







 John and Virginia with Janet McLean, Steve Smart, Judith Rodriguez and Carmel Macdonald Grahame

Virginia and John have also had their poems published in Short and Twisted 2017, Poetry d'Amour 2017 and The Toy Chest






Goldie Alexander launchVirginia launching Goldie Alexander’s new Shakespeare Now! trilogy at Readings Kids in October.

Photo ©Lydia Fucsko 2018








Virginia recently chaired this event in Brisbane:


Poetry for Kids
See the report at June Perkin's blog 'Perlz Dreaming' here: Children are the future for poetry

Perkins Murphy Lowe panel

Wish upon a southern star cover
book launch of Shelley Chappell's Wish on a Southern Star, in which John and I both have fractured fairy tales, was at at South Library Christchurch at 1pm on Saturday 2nd September. 

Wish upon a southern star contributors

See more pictures on Shelley's website, where John and Virginia are both featured:



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Find Us on Facebook: 

Virginia regularly puts interesting children's literature snippets as they come to light on the Create a Kids' Book Facebook Page. They are usually repeated in the monthly e-bulletin, but if you would like to see them sooner, click on the Facebook button at the top of this page.

Books for Keeps:

Virginia has a regular column 'Two CHildren Tell' in the British on-line journal Books for Keeps: Books for Keeps.


Virginia with Leila St John award
Leila St John Award

Virginia was awarded the Leila St John award for services to children’s literature by the Victorian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia earlier this year.

 Virginia Lowe with the Leila St John Award medallion
 For more information see the 
Children's Book Council website
The award ceremony is also available on YouTube: here