This is my favourite Christmas story from when I was a child.
It is about a little donkey called Small One narrated by the American actor Bing Crosby. It is sad and beautiful.
It made me cry when I was a child and it still does.
There is nothing quite like having a story read to you.
I hope you love it too. Read the rest of this entry »
My husband and both our children are Americans, so I thought we should finally celebrate Thanksgiving.
I baked a pumpkin pie for the first time and it was Read the rest of this entry »
As writers we spend much of our day at our desks. Our desks reflect who we are, what we’re working on at the time, what is happening in our lives. They are like three dimensional diaries. They encapsulate a moment.
These are the things on my desk on Sunday November 24.
Here is the cover of my brand new Our Australian Girl. Her name is Pearlie. Isn’t it gorgeous?
And isn’t Faye gorgeous too? Before my publisher Read the rest of this entry »
I like reading poetry before I begin my writing day. It sets the rhythm for words to flow.
This beautiful prose poem was written by Han Yu (768-824) the most famous prose poet of the Tang Dynasty. The photo was taken in 1985 on Wu Yi Mountain in Fujian Province when I was studying Chinese painting at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art.
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Review of The Wishbird in Good Reading Magazine
“When the paths of the two young people intersect, Boy bravely chooses to help the girl. Can they, together, hold off the barbarian hordes and overcome the darkness that has consumed the city? After all, even with Oriole’s magic, they are only children and the enemy is great. Award-winning Gabrielle Wang has the brilliant ability to write new legends. The Wishbird has the flavour of ancient Chinese tales but with a freshness and beauty that will delight modern Western readers. The idea that a song in the heart can drive away dark shadows is not new, but Ms Wang gives it new depths?”
Review by: Wendy Noble
I went to the bank the other day. As I approached the teller she said, ‘You look nice.’
This compliment is usually only ever made by friends and Read the rest of this entry »
I was at a primary school last week telling my story about sneaking into the witch’s mansion. The adventure happened when I was nine years old. Read the rest of this entry »
About four months back I asked my Facebook friends for help with a plot dilemma.
My problem was this: should I kill a dog in a novel for children?
Everyone responded with a definite No.
Years ago I saw a film from the 60′s called Old Yeller. At the end of the movie the young protagonist has to shoot Old Yeller because the dog is rabid. I will never forget that scene. Read the rest of this entry »
I dreamt about you last night Sue Lawson. I dreamt that you won an award for your novel. There were two other writer friends in the dream who were shortlisted for the same award, but I can’t recall their faces now. Each novel was accompanied by a song. Your song was the beautiful, Read the rest of this entry »