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 […]
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,
Sep 12: Fan Mail Letters
Hi I’m Olive and this is my friend Annabelle. We love your book The Ghost In My Suitcase our whole class is reading it as well.I’m 9 and Annabelle is 8.We go to Palm Beach State School. Our class is known as Intermidiate Family Turquoise and we’re in year 3. We can’t wait to read […]
I am thrilled to receive this wonderful review of The Wishbird in the latest Magpies magazine. “There is not a word out of place in The Wishbird, a sweet, enchanting novel. In the city of Solace – known as ‘Soulless’ since its heartbroken king outlawed music and destroyed all the birds and trees – the […]
Sep 06: Fan Mail Letters
Hi Gabrieblle I love the ideas of your story’s and I want to write a book. What should I write it about and the resone i am asking you is that I love all your books and most 8-13 girls love them and they are great books pleas reply I loveeee your books From #1 […]
Sep 06: Fan Mail Letters
My dad and I have read Meet poppy.I love them.I might get poppy at summerhill If I empty they dishwasher every day.Thankyou.I am 7. Emma
Gabrielle Wang Writing & Illustration Workshop Friday 6 September, 4-5pm Gabrielle Wang is an award winning author and illustrator of novels and picture books for children and young adults, including the Poppy books from the Our Australian Girl series. Join Gabrielle to hear where her inspiration for writing and drawing comes from and get the chance to […]
Today was my first day at the Melbourne Writers Festival for the year. Federation Square was abuzz with people attending sessions. Mine was at Artplay
Aug 23: Fan Mail Letters
Thank you for coming to my school. You are a very nice person. I am very interested in reading your book called The pearl of tiger bay. Your drawings are great and you have a terrific imagination. Thank you for sharing this with me. Isabella
1. When did you first start writing your books? I started writing books in 2000. My first book The Garden of Empress Cassia was published in 2002. 2. Where do you get your ideas from your books from? From lots of different places – dreams, places, movies, childhood memories, the world around me.
Aug 16: Fan Mail Letters
to Gabrielle Wang, hi, my name is Brianna and I am a year 5 student at black rock primary school. I am 11 years old. I have just finished reading ‘the wishbird”and right now I am reading ‘the pearl of tiger bay’ in the with the wishbird I love how oriole and boy(hero) went on some […]
Aug 05: Fan Mail Letters
Hey Gabrielle! I LOVE the Poppy books and I really enjoy the story about Poppy finding her brother. She has a really cool character that makes the reader want to know more too. And I was wondering, are you going to write the Pearlie books for 2014? Because when I saw the picture of the […]
I heard a radio program about luck the other day. Some people don’t believe in it. They believe that you create your own luck. Then there are others who possibly believe in it a little too much. I am Chinese, so of course I believe. But being Chinese
Jun 30: Fan Mail Letters
Dear Gabrielle, My name is Sarah. I have just finished reading The Garden of Empress Cassia, it was amazing! I love it so much. It is a great story and I want to let you know that I love that you used so many descriptive words. It made me feel Mimi’s emotions and it was […]
Within the home, the serving of food was subtly geared to the status of the person in the family. The killing of a chicken was an event. In a household of perhaps two or three dozen people, only the more important and elderly people, or a visitor, were
Here are the dates and events I’ll be appearing in at the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program Saturday August 24 Chinese brush painting at 12.30 Learn the secrets and traditions of Chinese brush painting from author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang
May 17: Fan Mail Letters
Hi I just finished reading Little Paradise and I loved it! I adored every single character, both primary and secondary. I’d just like to ask you a few questions: What happens to Rose, Dave, Jock, Murray, the Hartmanns and Stefan? Edward and Chrissy? I teared up when the Hartmanns left for Australia. Does Mirabel ever […]
Here is a bit of the interview I did with Marjorie Coughlin. Interview with author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang After she left school, Australian author Gabrielle Wang studied and worked in Graphic Design before deciding to delve deeper into her Chinese heritage, which led her to study Chinese painting and calligraphy in Taiwan. She lived […]
When I was studying Chinese painting in China I spent most of those years copying, stroke for stroke the paintings of the old masters. What I thought in the beginning would be tedious and boring, quickly turned into study on a much much deeper level, profound in many ways.
I was walking down Swanston Street in Melbourne alone one day, near the old City Baths, (I was about 15 years old) when I saw a homeless man coming towards me. He looked rough – dirty clothes, unshaven face, scraggly hair, the type of man whose age has been obliterated by hard times.
I have been privileged to receive a two week writing fellowship at Varuna, the writers’ house in the Blue Mountains. Varuna was the former residence of writers Eleanor and Dr Eric Dark. Through its various programs Varuna offers writers and illustrators some alone time to concentrate on their work in progress. For me it […]
Dec 05: Fan Mail Letters
Dear gabrielle, I love your books! At school i am reading the Garden of Epress Cssia and just finished your book the hidden monastery and loved it!!! Your books capture me so much and you make me feel like i am in the story! At school my favorite subject is writing and think I write […]
How did you get your first book published? It was very good Luck! I had a weird collection of surrealistic black and white drawings
Dec 05: Book News
This is gold! In 1959 Alan Watts made this short documentary on Chinese thought – Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism and how we should adopt this way of thinking in the West, especially in our attitude towards Nature. It is even more relevant today.
Now that almost all my school visits are over for the year, I thought I’d make a list of what I think makes a successful school visit for an author/illustrator.
PaperTigers 10th Anniversary: Two Top-Ten picks of Chinese-themed Australian books compiled by Chris ChengNov 12: Book News
I am very honoured to have The Race for the Chinese Zodiac included on the list for picture books. And The Garden of Empress Cassia and A Ghost in My Suitcase included on the list for junior fiction.
1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. 2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would. 3. Dont romanticise your vocation. You can either write good sentences […]
POPULAR children’s author Gabrielle Wang dropped in to Stonnington Primary School to share her love of reading and writing. Wang’s visit was part of the eighth annual Premiers’ Reading Challenge, which encourages students to discover the magic of books.
The Open Spaces picture book creators’ retreat run by the Australian Society of Authors was fantastic! We spent a fun packed and inspiration filled four days learning, sharing, collaborating, renewing old acquaintances and forming new ones. Here are just a few of my impressions.
Oct 10: Fan Mail Letters
I have not started reading the hidden monastry yet but i am looking forward to reading it alexandra
I was at the hairdressers today and the lady who washed my hair asked me where I had been and what exciting thing I had done this morning. I wanted to tell her that only an hour ago I was in an ancient walled city with rat infested alleyways. That I was a ten year […]
The Meatballs’ Leader is a story from Tales of Afghanistan by Amina Shah (Octogon Press, London 1982) Once upon a time, there was a dish of meatballs, sizzling in the oven. ‘Oh, oh oh, who will save us from this terrible scorching heat?’ cried the meatballs.
After months of school visits and being indoors, I felt the need to spend time in Nature – to listen instead of being listened to. Although I am not one to swim or lie on the beach, I love the sea. It is a dream of mine to one day own a small writing cottage […]
Hi Gabrielle Wang My name is Gabrielle too. I’m am in year six and I love your books especially little paradise. While I was reading I couldn’t put the book down. Your books are very descriptive. I hope you can make new ones to.
Dear Gabrielle, If I was an author I would call it: Butterflies at my fingers. Here I made a song. When I see my tears drop on the ground My heart breaks and I fall But I see a bit of hope I stand up tall like a building high up in the sky I […]
I have just read your Garden of Empress Cassia. It fabulous! I was really scared when Gemma got sucked into the picture I was like: Whats going to happen whats going to happen? And eventully I released my breath for that last part: We pulled Gemma out. Yvonne PS: PLEASE email me I have been […]
dear Gabrielle at school we are in the middle of a book fair I bought one of your books I bought the hidden monastry From Alexandra
Sep 07: Fan Mail Letters
Dear Gabrielle Wang, My name is Siobhan and I am in year 6. I wanted to tell that I love the Poppy books! They are amazing! I really want to read your other books! From Siobhan
Sep 07: Fan Mail Letters
hi i’m emilie i was reading your book a ghost in my suitcase it was rally good!!! can please answer some of my questions 🙂 what where u felling when u wrote this book? is the book in china? thanks so much 🙂 em
For teachers using The Garden of Empress Cassia with their students, Senka King, Deputy Principal of St Albans East Primary School in Melbourne has kindly given me permission to publish the teachers notes she uses in her classrooms. Thank you so much Senka for sharing these! To view and download a copy go to The Garden […]
Every so often I get a letter that confirms the fact that I have one of the best jobs in the world and makes the long, hard process of writing a novel so worthwhile. Here is one such letter. Hi Gabrielle, I am reading one of your books The Ghost in my Suitcase. It […]
In Year Eight we had to dissect a sheep’s eye. I was repulsed at seeing the eyeballs floating in a jar of formaldehyde like a Dali nightmare. Today, a student could probably conscientiously object on the grounds of being vegetarian. But not back then. There was no way out. Our science teacher, appropriately named Miss […]
Hi Gabrielle how are you and Gabrielle I loved all of you books.Oh Gabrielle wish I could buy Pearl of Tiger Bay. From Charlotte
hi gabrielle you came to holy trinity for book week. my school is in eltham north i thought you where magnificent i also really like your books i want to buy “a perl of tiger bay” thankyou i realy like my peng you are just magnificent.(:
Dear Gabrielle Wang, I am in year 5 and you just came to my school for bookweek. I felt you were so iteresting and I wanted you to keep talking. I found the story about the wich and thegiant house very entertaining. I have not read any of your books yet but I am totally […]
Aug 22: Fan Mail Letters
Dear:Gabrielle Wang, My name is Tegan and I am from Melbourne,Australia. I have been reading your books and I think you are an amazing and talented author and illustrator. Your books and drawings have inspired me and my favourite book by you that I have read is The Garden of Empress Casia because I loved […]
Aug 22: Fan Mail Letters
Dear Gabrielle! I have read all of your Poppy series and I love them all! You are a really,really,REALLY good author! What about your other books? Do you have some books that are about history to? Please reply or I will surely die! Nah! Just Kidding! Thanks, Brooke!
Aug 21: Fan Mail Letters
Hi Gabrielle, This is just a little bit of fanmail for you: Your talk at the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival today was really inspirational for me. I really liked how you incorporated so many elements from your childhood and vibrant personality into your books. Going to your talk was so exciting-you gave me so much to […]
Aug 21: Fan Mail Letters
Dear Ms Wang, Thank you for talking to year 5 abbotsleigh junior school. I love the empress cassia with all the imigrary words. The book have inspired me with writing and reading.Thank you From, Gwyneth
When I was young I saw a gorilla at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney. He was housed in a room with a high ceiling and bars on the front for onlookers to peer in. As he stared at us staring at him, I remember thinking how human his eyes looked. Beautiful soft eyes they […]
As cultural ambassador at St Albans East Primary School the talented students from years 3-6 have been doing some creative writing with me.
Aug 07: Fan Mail Letters
Hi Gabrielle, I am reading one of your books The Ghost in my Suitcase. It is really interesting it is so interesting i am up to the chapter called The long silken thread i am loving it, it is the only book that i am going to finish because it caught my eye and i […]
Aug 06: Fan Mail Letters
Hi Gabrielle Wang, I have read all your Poppy books and they are fab-u-lous! At the end the man says Gus fell into the mine shaft but then he was alive! My favourite one was Poppy and the thief where Lin Tian stole Gus’s bag with the golden nuggets. And of course when he stole […]
Aug 06: Fan Mail Letters
Hi Gabrielle I got your book The Garden of Empress Cassia for literature circles! I am also reading Mao’s Last Dancer so I know all about Chairman Mao and the poverty in China ! It is really interesting because in The Garden Of Empress Cassia you mention him so now I know all about him! […]