May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust

I am extremely honoured to be the recipient of a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowship.

To be given a gift of time is perhaps the greatest gift any creator can receive, but it’s not just the writing, researching and editing time that is the gift, it’s the pleasure of knowing I can do exactly what I want to do, exactly when I feel like it, without being interrupted.

For example, if I want to get up at 5.30 and start work or go passed midnight, I can (and I do). If I want to take a break and go walking for an hour in the middle of the day, I do, and if I want to visit the library three times a day, I do – basically I eat, sleep and write or do writing-related things, whenever I want or need to and that is such a gift. I also treat myself to long ‘thinking time’ showers and long ‘thinking time’ walks. I have no real sense of time, and it’s wonderful.

I will be doing some talks and workshops for May Gibbs and for the State Library of Queensland which will be fun, stop me from talking to myself and certainly shake out the cobwebs.

To find out more about May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Fellowships go to

State Library of Queensland under ‘Story Lab’ and ‘What’s On’ – Researching Picture Books

High Tea with Corinne Fenton, Sunday 19 June – Email [email protected]

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  1. Kayleen West - Children's Book IIlustrator Oh how I remember doing that. Time was so flexible until I adopted 3 little ones. Now it is crammed time sheets to make it happen. That is OK as long as we do it hey? Congratulations Corinne. You deserve it I am sure. You really contribute in many areas. It is nice to see you get recognition. have a great week.
    June 15, 2011 at 8:15 am · Reply
  2. Claire Wonderful, Corinne. Hope it continues to be productive and rewarding.
    June 15, 2011 at 8:57 am · Reply
  3. Sue Go you! Sounds like you are having a fantastic time. May the words flow!! (or decrease as is the case when editing). Enjoy. x
    June 15, 2011 at 8:59 am · Reply
  4. Kaye Baillie What a fabulous piece of news for you. Congratulations. It sounds like a superb opportunity to do what you love.
    June 15, 2011 at 9:11 am · Reply
  5. Chris Bell Sounds blissful, Corinne. The perfect writerly life. Enjoy every minute and I hope the words continue to flow and behave. C.
    June 15, 2011 at 9:18 am · Reply
    • Corinne Fenton
      corinne Thanks Chris. Me too.
      June 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm · Reply

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