Sunday, 10 March 2013

Canberra is celebrating 100 Years!

                                       Happy Birthday Canberra

It's Canberra 100th Birthday and so much is happening in the Capital. The weather is absolutely brilliant and the events lined up to kick off the celebrations all weekend are amazing. It's going to be a big weekend!

On the 8th March I headed off to see the Enlighten Festival. What a visual delight it was.
I started at the National Gallery and walked to Old Parliament House, across Reconciliation Place towards the National Library soaking up the atmosphere and clicking away at every visual display change on the icons. Along the walk back- I stopped to take more pictures of the Portrait Gallery and back to sit and soak up he stunning designs on the Gallery. The artwork of Toulouse Letrec as  never  seen  before. I hope you enjoy the pictures and can appreciate the magnificence of the buildings and the artwork.


The National Library by day-

The National Library at night

The National Library- featuring Walter Burley Griffin, his wife Marion and part of their winning design for Australia's Capital City- Canberra in 1913.


The Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery

Outside The National Gallery- Parisian themed boulevarde

The Parisian theme- National Gallery

Nancy Bentley wins ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2012- Children's section

At the ACT Writers Centre Christmas party in late December 2012, I was thrilled to hear my name announced as the winner of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2012- Children's Section. 

My beautiful, true, story of six year-old, Nancy Bentley The First Australian Female Sailor was chosen as the winning entry. It was a marvellous moment, and the prize of a gift voucher from Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, was a pleasant surprise. 
Best of all- I received hundreds of fabulous gold stickers to place on my books. I have never valued stickers so much in my life.

Illustrated by my friend and a very talented illustrator- Jacqui Grantford. Published by New Frontier Publishing

The ACT Writers Centre Christmas party was a delightful evening. After the Awards I got to meet with the other winning authors for a photo-shoot.

Winners of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards- 2012

Me celebrating my win. I was very excited.
My book and the Award

The Gold stickers

This the beautiful floral arrangement I received from my publisher-  New Frontier Publishing. The arrangement arrived a few days later and was such a wonderful surprise. My dearest thanks to Sophia and Peter Whitfield, who own, and run a fabulous Publishing House and treat their Authors like family.