PLACE: DROMKEEN, 1012 Kilmore Rad, RIDDELLS CREEK, VICTORIA DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 2 In these fun, relaxing workshops, I’ll be teaching the rudiments of Chinese brush painting and students will complete their own paintings of bamboo and birds. This class is especially good for those who think they are not very artistic. The simple methods I […]
  While waiting for news from publishers about various book projects I have on the go, I’ve been joyfully working on some miniature paintings. Each of the four pictures is a story unto itself, an ode to those small, precious moments in life. The Paintings are titled  FAREWELL DEAR ONE ALL ABOARD THE PACHY EXPRESS […]
Yesterday, I was given such a wonderful farewell by the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation.  It was lovely to celebrate the occasion with ACLF board members, family and friends. Thank you all for your generosity, support and love over the past two years. They have been some of the best years of my life, – Gabi […]
I spent the weekend at the fabulous Fishy Stories Festival in Fish Creek. Two other Australian Children’s Laureate friends, Leigh Hobbs and Alison Lester, were also there! Alison is a local legend and has a beautiful shop in this quaint little town filled with illustrations, prints, and cards. I love attending regional writing festivals. In […]
Last night, I attended the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and what a wonderful event it was! The winner of the children’s category was ‘Open Your Heart to Country’ a picture book by Jasmine Seymour. It was an honour to be there at the National Library of Australia to catch up with other authors and illustrators: […]
Last night, I attended the ASA Colin Simpson Memorial lecture at the State Library of Victoria. It was a wonderful evening with inspirational talks from authors Toni Jordan and Shankari Chandran. Congratulations to Helen Garner who was awarded the ASA medal! It was lovely to catch up with friends Wendy Orr, Kirsty Murray, Ann James, […]
On Sunday, Ann James, Leigh Hobbs, Mark Wilson, and I held the opening of the Between the Pages Illustration Exhibition at Dromkeen.   A ‘giggle’ of children’s authors! As you can see from the pictures, we had a lot of fun – which is inevitable whenever a ‘giggle’ of children’s authors and illustrators get together. […]
My final school visit as the Australian Children’s Laureate was to Edgar’s Creek Primary School. The ACLF provided a grant of $10,000 for the new school in Wollert, Victoria, to buy culturally diverse books for the library. I was pleased to present two workshops to the fantastic kids from grades two to six. What an […]
Last Friday, I attended one of my final events as Australian Children’s Laureate at the Wheeler Centre. Here, Asphyxia and I took part in a panel session where we discussed diversity in its many varied forms. It was lovely to meet Asphyxia, who beamed into the Wheeler Centre via Zoom from Northern NSW. The event […]
In the spirit of Halloween Festivities, here is one of my illustrations titled “Halloween Cats and One Dog.” Happy Halloween! -Gabi X
I am thrilled to announce that ‘Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon’ has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards! Congratulations to the other finalists in the Children’s category: Aunty Shaa Smith, Jasmine Seymour, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Zeno Sworder. It is such an honour. Thank you to Puffin Books […]
Last week, I attended the YABBA Awards (Young Australians Best Book Awards), which is in its 34th year. The last time the YABBA Awards were held in person was pre-COVID-19 in 2019, so the day was a real treat! This year, the YABBA Awards were held at Camberwell Girls Grammar, who were such wonderful hosts. […]
This small original titled ‘Blended Family’ is my contribution to the IBBY Australia (International Board on Books for Young People) “Mini Masterpieces” fundraising auction. The original artworks are all postcard size and feature Australian children’s book illustrators’ works. An image of my illustration titled ‘Blended Family.’ A list of all the contributors to the Mini […]
I am excited to announce that on the 12th of November, I will be part of a Children’s Book Art exhibition alongside Leigh Hobbs, Ann James and Mark Wilson. The exhibition will take place at Dromkeen Gallery in Riddell’s Creek. Original paintings, prints, books and cards will be for sale. Mark Wilson will also be launching […]
I spent a truly magical day with the kids from two schools in Coolgardie and Kurrawang, WA. It was such a wonderful way to finish my Follow the Dragon tour as Laureate. At C.A.P.S Coolgardie, I had a fantastic session where I met a student named Kana, who dressed up as Zadie Ma for Book […]
It was my last full day in Perth yesterday, which I spent holding a Chinese painting workshop at the beautiful Paperbird Books in Fremantle. Below are images of some of the artworks made. I’ve had a wonderful time this past week covering 10 schools in 5 days from East to West, North to South. I […]
My fourth day of book week in Western Australia was another great day. I spent time with kids at South Coast Baptist School and then Frederick Irwin Anglican School, with a stop at beautiful Waikiki Beach. Thank you to Ron Gorman for being my lovely minder for the day. On my fifth day in Perth, […]
I spent a lovely morning amongst the trees on a hill overlooking a lake at the Montessori School. There were some great artists in Years 4, 5 and 6. Here are a few of their characters named: Bob, Buddy and Goat Dude. After lunch and a drive along the coast, I spoke at Quinn’s Baptist. […]
On my second day of Book Week in WA, I visited the Year 4s at All Saints College.  I finished my session and was walking back through the grounds when I saw a student playing a polka-dotted piano. How lovely that there’s a piano for all to use. I was quite under the weather with […]
This week, I travelled to Western Australia to spend Book Week in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Albany. My first day of Book Week was a tiring but extra rewarding one, where I visited two great schools in Perth – Providence Christian College and Carey Baptist College. I was blown away by the diversity of the questions […]
I’m thrilled and honoured my novel ‘Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon’  has been shortlisted for the 2023 Queensland Literary Awards. Thank you so much to the judges. ‘When eleven-year-old Zadie Ma discovers the stories she writes come true, she conjures her dream dog to bring love, joy and hope back to […]
My last interstate visit in my role as Australian Children’s Laureate is to beautiful other-side-of-this-huge continent, Western Australia. According to Google Maps, from my home to Perth, it’s 3428 kilometres and would take 1 day and 12 hours of non-stop driving. There’s also the 2-hour time difference between east and west coasts. I’m really looking […]
On the 17th of July, I travelled to Gladstone in Queensland, excited for the warmer climate! Over the course of two years, each Australian Children’s Laureate must visit every state and territory in Australia at least once. At the beginning of my two-year term, I chose to speak with kids in regional areas rather than […]
This month, I attended the Northern Territory Writers Festival.  Flying into Alice Springs, I was blown away by the beautiful colours and textures of the landscape. I spent the morning at a delicious breakfast held for the writers and had fun with Abbie Gosling from the Writers Centre and author Chris Flynn. I spent the […]
In May, I travelled to Brisbane to speak at the Narelle Oliver Lecture. On my first morning in Brisbane, I had a wonderful session with the girls from St. Aidan’s Corinda.  Don’t you just love Blobet the Great? This was one of the many gorgeous drawings of the Chinese mythological beast Qilin. I also received […]
In May, I attended the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards held at the State Library of NSW. Despite ‘Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon’ not taking out the Patricia Wrightson Prize, we had a wonderful time. Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted authors, especially Corey Tutt and Blak Douglas, who were the […]
On Friday, I visited the State Library of NSW to give a talk at the wonderful Lit Up Conference for teachers and librarians. Before the event, I attended the “Imagine… the wonder of picture books” exhibition. It was definitely worth a visit, especially because I saw an original painting from one of my illustrator idols […]
I had a wonderful and very full first day in Canberra. After flying in from Melbourne, I caught up with Mike Shuttleworth from the National Library of Australia. I had a look around the Treasures Gallery and the Reading Room. It was so quiet I felt I had to tiptoe! Mike Shuttleworth and I standing […]
On Tuesday I delivered the Wang Gungwu Lecture. You can see it on ABC iview. The event was organized by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations  澳中基金会, an Australian government initiative to strengthen understanding and engagement between Australia and China. Senator the Hon. Penny Wong also had some important words to say via video link. […]
I am a bit late in wishing you all a wonderful Year of the Rabbit. Rabbits are born in 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963,1951, 1939, 1927. My daughter Lei Lei  is a rabbit, and she fits her zodiac sign perfectly with her calm and peaceful nature.
After Wahgunyah, I traveled to Benalla for my very last Australian Children’s Laureate Follow the Dragon gig for the year. I was hosted by Benalla Art Gallery curator, Brenda Wellman. And this is the space I presented in. I loved being surrounded by all these beautiful old paintings. The year 3 and 4 students from […]
I travelled up to Benalla by train then was driven the one hour to Wahgunyah where I spoke to the students at Wahgunyah Primary School. There has been flooding in NSW and Victoria in towns close to the major rivers, Wahgunyah, which is on the Murray River was no exception although flooding there was light […]
At last I have a bit of downtime to catch up with what I’ve been doing the past few months. I keep up to date on social media but find it harder to update my blogs. The Headland Writers Festival was a lovely regional festival. It was small and intimate and personal. And the people […]
What a thrill it was to be on Play School Story Time recently. I could choose any one of the iconic Play School toys to accompany me. They are all kept in a locked cloth cupboard. I could almost hear them giggling and jostling with each other. It was such a hard decision to make […]
I was honoured to officially open the gorgeous new library at the brand new Strathtulloh Primary School in Victoria. With the help from local businesses and grant funding through the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation, the school was able to fill the library with hand-picked books from Readings. I hope this wonderful new space inspires children […]
It has been such an exciting month. I recently returned from a weekend in Tasmania where first I met with fellow children’s authors and illustrators from SCBWI Hobart (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). This is a wonderful organisation and I encourage kids’ authors and illustrators to join their local chapter if they have […]
A little bird for you with a eucalyptus leaf on her head. Having a bit of downtime between travels and a picture book under consideration means that I have time to play. The dog and the star
The Write Around the Murray festival was fabulous. I did quite a few school sessions and as usual the kids were great. I also had a lively panel discussion with Eliza Hull and Gary Lonesborough hosted by Yves Rees about identity. The best question in that session came from a 6 year old. “What makes […]
The link for this conversation with Ron Gorman is in my bio. The ACLF is proud to be part of the Foundation for Learning and Literacy Literature Symposium series in 2022. Our video features our current Australian Laureate Gabrielle Wang in conversation with ACLF Board member and Deputy Director AISWA Ron Gorman.
Best question from Melbourne Writers Festival yesterday. In fact it’s one of the best questions I’ve been asked ever. In my talk I tell the true childhood story of an old lady who lived in a mansion who we called the witch. Q: ‘If that lady was still alive today, what would you say to […]
The Garden of Empress Cassia is 20 years old today. It was my first novel and is still in print so it’s doing fairly well for its age. The story is loosely based on how I felt as a child not fitting in. It’s about a Chinese Australian girl who, due to racism is ashamed […]
I talked about being Australian Children’s Laureate and Zadie Ma and drew dragons with students from Springvale organized brilliantly by Greater Dandenong Libraries. Great kids and questions and drawings!
Here are some pics from the CBCA event on the shores of Lake Macquarie at the Museum of Art and Culture in Toronto. I had a wonderful time chatting to local CBCA Central Coast members, teacher librarians, authors and illustrators. I never take for granted how lucky I am to be sharing the love of […]
I loved meeting all the staff at MacLean’s Bookshop in Newcastle. Repost MacLean’s Booksellers “What an absolute treat it was to meet Gabrielle Wang, the Australian Children’s Laureate. Thanks so much for visiting I our shop today.”
Continuing my Dragon Tour as Children’s Laureate Foundation with a trip to Lake Macquarie Museum of Art and Culture MAC in NSW. What a lovely venue to present at. It was a beautiful blue sky day as I told stories and drew with years 3-6 students from 2 local primary schools. Then in the evening […]
  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Gabrielle Wang 兴霜 (@gabriellewangbooks) Australian Values is a project that the government has put together where people from all walks of life are interviewed. Repost Australian Values
I was interviewed by Valerie Khoo from the Australian Writers Centre.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gabrielle Wang 兴霜 (@gabriellewangbooks) I did these many years ago when i was studying Chinese painting in Taiwan and China in the 1980’s.
For those who are interested, these are the festivals and other venues where I’ll be appearing for the rest of 2022. For further details: Link in bio. Farrells Bookshop Mornington Vic MAC Newcastle NSW Melbourne Writers Festival Melbourne Write Around The Murray Albury NSW HeadLand Writers Festival Tathra NSW Lift Off Festival Hobart Tasmania
This week some new greeting cards arrived from Nuovo Cards. It’s always lovely to see one’s work in another form. The cards can be found at some independent bookshops and gift shops.    
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” David Attenborough.
My trip to South Australia finished yesterday. It was my first interstate tour as Children’s Laureate Foundation. I had a wonderful time in the Adelaide hills and on Kangaroo Island talking to kids and grownups. Thank you to all the many people who worked with Kristin Darell the program manager at Children’s Laureate Foundation to […]
Strange luminous blue cat perched on a red branch in the night.
My next stop in South Australia as Australian Children’s Laureate was to Kangaroo Island. Over two days, I spoke at the three primary schools there – Kingscote, Parndana and Penneshaw campuses. I talked about being Laureate, then about books and writing followed by a dragon drawing workshop. This is Emma from Kingscote campus who kindly […]
This was my first interstate trip as Australian Children’s Laureate. Over the next two years I will be visiting every state and territory in Australia. Thank you to Clive from Penguin Random House for looking after me so well, taking me to visit bookshops around Adelaide and into the hills. The photo below was taken […]
Happy snaps from my bookshop visits in Sydney and Melbourne. I love booksellers. I love my job.
What a super special afternoon we had with Australian children’s laureate and master storyteller Gabrielle Wang We listened to her read from her wonderful new book Zadie Ma and the dog who chased the moon, she taught us how to draw dragons and gave us some brilliant writing tips. We talked a lot about imagination […]
I so enjoyed speaking with Katherine Collette on The First Time Podcast Our conversation covered: Stories and storytelling as a part of early life Growing up Chinese-Australian in a very white Australia Prophetic dreams Mentor Hazel Edwards, author of There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake Rejection Magical experiences in life Writing process – […]
We had the most wonderful afternoon hosting the book launch of : Zadie Ma and the Dog who Chased the Moon by Gabrielle Wang. Gabi shared her inspiration for writing this beautiful book about courage, friendship and the power of stories. Gabrielle is an author and illustrator and the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022-23. We […]
I’m loving the audiobook of Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon. Veronica Chan in action in the Penguin Audio Australia recording studio, has made such a beautiful reading and captured the feeling I wanted to convey so perfectly. The audio version is slightly different from the print version. Obviously it was impossible […]
As Australian Children’s Laureate each month I create a new writing and drawing activity for children. This month it’s Imagine a Forest. And here are 6 amazing facts about these lungs of the earth.
My first workshop as the Australian Children’s Laureate was held yesterday at the Immigration Museum I couldn’t think of a better place to begin my ‘Follow the Dragon’ tour around Australia. I had fun working with students from the Victorian College for the Deaf and from my mum’s old school, University High. You can see […]
Kids, teachers, librarians, parents and caregivers, did you know that there are free downloads on the @ozchildrenslaureate website? To download an Imagine a Story dragon poster, book plates or book marks plus this month’s hermit crab activity go to
Almost there. I’m finishing the last few illustrations for my middle grade novel, Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon and reading through the proofs. This is the dedication page and it reads, “For Rusty, and all the other dogs who were lost and never found their way home.” The photo is of […]
As Australian Children’s Laureate, every month I post up a writing and drawing activity to keep kids’ imaginations strong on the Children’s Laureate Foundation website. March’s protagonist is the hermit crab. Here’s an amazing fact about these beautiful creatures. As they grow, hermit crabs need to find empty shells. With some species, when a crab finds […]
I will be able to pick up some great tips for my two year laureateship from these two wonderful past Australian Children’s Laureates, Allison Lester and Leigh Hobbs.
Children’s Laureate for 2022-2023 at the State Library of Victoria on Tuesday. The Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation and I have been working very hard over the past year preparing the program for the next 2 years. Thank you to the board especially to the incredible program manager Kris Darrell and graphic designer/illustrator extraordinaire Lee Burgemeestre. […]
Hi everyone, Happy Chinese Lunar Year of the Tiger. This year it’s the water tiger. I’ve drawn a lot of tigers over the years because they’re one of my favourite animals. I like drawing dogs too, but the Year of the Dog is not until 2030 which is quite a long way off. Some of […]
I’m really looking forward to these sessions, my first face to face with children in more than a year. Last year all my school and library sessions were online due to Victoria’s long Covid lockdown. As much as I appreciate Zoom and Webex and other platforms, there’s nothing like connecting with your audience on a […]
This year is the metal ox so you should wear a piece of metal each day. If you belong to this sign like I do then you should also wear something red each day. Last night I hunted around the house for something red. I found the perfect thing in this tiny ruby ring my […]
On my walk today I met a dog called Tulip so now Tulip has become the name of Mr Shoeberry’s Clydesdale in my current work in progress. Mr Shoeberry is my fictitious milkman. I remember the clip, clop of hooves on the road before dawn and the clinking of milk bottles as the empty ones […]
This illustration is called Tiny of the Forest. When I look at a blank sheet of paper, my mind is blank too. Then I draw some random pencil lines and an image slowly emerges. If I made random lines 15 minutes later, a different illustration would come out of them. I love working like this. […]
I’ve updated my print shop and added a lot of new illustrations. I get so much joy from painting. I love the whole process from pencil rough to mixing colours to feeling the stroke of brush on paper. I first outline in black ink with a very fine brush, then paint with Schmincke watercolor blocks […]
My son Ren celebrated his birthday last week so I painted him a picture. We had a Zoom family dinner this year because of lockdown and I couldn’t bake him a birthday cake. When this is all over being together with family again will be something to cherish. Not that I ever took it for […]
During this incredible historical moment I feel it is important to record what’s going on in our lives even if it is just for our grandchildren and their children and future generations of our family. We are all practicing self distancing ie keeping 1.5m away from each other unless we live together, and some of […]
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to write a regular blog post. I have very much admired my dear friend and fellow author, Corinne Fenton who, without fail writes a post every Wednesday. I’m not good at keeping NY’s resolutions but I’ll see how I go. I have just come back from Sydney. It […]
I was born in Melbourne in an era when there were few Chinese. My great grandfather, like many of his compatriots came to the Victorian goldfields from China in the 1850’s to search for gold. When it ran out most of the Chinese diggers returned to their homeland. My great grandfather was one of the […]
Reader’s Review Competition Write a book review for your chance to win a prize pack of free books and a visit to Penguin publishing house in Melbourne The competition opens on Wednesday 24 April 2019 and closes at 5pm on Saturday 6 July 2019. This year, the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC) is running its first ever reader’s review competition […]
Come along to Clunes Booktown Festival May 4-5th I’ll be appearing in 3 events – A panel session ‘Reading to Escape or Face Reality’ In Conversation about my latest middle grade novel Ting Ting the Ghosthunter An illustration and writing workshop for 8-12 year olds.  You can book tickets HERE I hope to see you […]
In this world full of hate I hope as a children’s author/illustrator that my stories and pictures help young people to learn about and respect the differences in others. And that those of us who stand on the outside looking in, take pride and joy in what makes us different.
It is a tradition in China to paste up Spring Couplets to welcome in the Chinese New Year and so this year we did. This poem talks about spring which of course in China is on its way. In Australia we can only imagine. The couplet says – Amongst the five rivers and four seas […]
I was walking down Swanston Street alone one day, near the City Baths, (I was about 15 years old) when I saw a homeless man coming towards me. He looked rough – dirty clothes, unshaven, the type of man whose age has been obliterated by hard times. I braced myself. Experience had taught me that […] Watch out for the pus-eating ‘tumour ghosts’ Author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang won the prestigious Aurealis Award for best children’s fiction with her novel A Ghost in My Suitcase, a young adult story about ghost-hunting traditions in China. The book has been adapted by playwright Vanessa Bates into a stage blockbuster of the same […]
My new website is up. Thank you, Jin & Co. I felt like I needed a change from my old site which I’ve had for quite a number of years. Over those years my tastes and my illustrations have changed. I do a lot more illustration work and I thought that the look of my […]
The Melbourne season of A Ghost in My Suitcase is over. I’m exhausted but I’m sure the cast and crew of Barking Gecko Theatre are more so. There have been sensational reviews of the play! I cannot be any prouder. Here are some of them. 4 1/2 STARS  Kelly-Louise Austin (Theatre People).  “The themes of […]
After almost three years the play has arrived! Taken outside the Arts Centre last Monday with Felix Ching Ching Ho, myself and Matt Edgerton The Beginning The email that began this incredible journey –  March 1, 2016 Hi Gabrielle, I’m the Artistic Director of Barking Gecko Theatre Company, based in Perth, and I’m writing to […]
Please join me to celebrate the launch of my latest middle grade novel, Ting Ting the Ghosthunter (the sequel to A Ghost in My Suitcase).    
Thank you to everyone who entered A Ghost in My Suitcase colouring competition. There were 35 entries and they were all fantastic! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PRIZE WINNERS! 1st PRIZE Aditi 10 years old from NSW I loved the fine detail Aditi put into her drawing. The colours are lovely and vibrant. The whole painting gives […]
I am thrilled to announce that the play of my novel A Ghost in My Suitcase will be premiering at the Playhouse Theatre Arts Centre Melbourne as part of this year’s Melbourne International Arts Festival. The wonderful creators at Barking Gecko Theatre have been developing the play for nearly 3 years and I cannot wait […]
  To celebrate the World Premiere of the play at the Playhouse Theatre Melbourne and a new cover for A Ghost in My Suitcase, I am holding a colouring competition for 7 – 12 year olds. 1st PRIZE  A signed fine art print plus a personally signed copy of A Ghost in My Suitcase. 2nd […]
Travelling is an essential part of being a writer and illustrator. There is travelling for research which I do often. For example while researching the bombing of Darwin during World War Two for the Our Australian Girl Pearlie series, I spent a week there feeling it, smelling it, getting an idea of the lay of […]
Here is the cover for my next novel for 10 + readers. Ting Ting the Ghosthunter is the sequel to Ghost in My Suitcase. It is an adventure story about finding yourself, ghost-hunting, Chinese mythology and culture. Thirteen-year-old Ting Ting has learned the ancient skills and art of ghost hunting from her adopted grandmother, Por Por, a famous ghost hunter. […]
It has always been on my wish-list to attend the Bologna Children’s Book Fair while at the same time continue learning Italian, so in March this year that’s what I did. MY ACCOMMODATION I booked via Airbnb, a one bedroom apartment in S. Petronio Vecchio, a lovely quiet colonnaded street 15 minutes from Piazza Maggiore […]
This is a diagram showing the process each of my major novels go through – from spark, to birth, to crisis/self-doubt, to calm, to completion. What will never change is that dreadful moment of crisis and self-doubt. My mind goes through mental torture at that stage. But then I push through that and get to […]
Ursula Le Guin is my literary hero. Her translation of the Chinese classic, ‘Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching, A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way’ is my bible and if I was allowed only one book to take with me to a desert island it would be that one. In the […]
The first half of this year is filled with exciting happenings and much travel. Chinese painting, Port Fairy, writers’ festival, Perth, art exhibition, Melbourne, children’s book fair, Bologna, volcanoes, Hawaii, Ting Ting the Ghost Hunter launch, Melbourne, Ting Ting the Ghost Hunter bookshop and schools tour, Brisbane. At the end of January, I’ll be travelling down the […]
What a fun weekend us illustrators had at Anne Spudvilas’ place on the Murray. The River House was the perfect setting to share ideas, relax and illustrate. Anne gave us a workshop where we made a concertina book on watercolour paper. Here’s the finished book laid out to dry in the sun. So I’ll now […]