The Myer Christmas Windows – 2015, 2016 & 2020.
2 Dec, 2020 | What's happening in my writing lifeOver the last five years, I’ve been privileged to have three of my stories appear as themes for the Myer Christmas Windows. In 2015, my picture book, Little Dog and the Christmas Wish which was published in late 2014, illustrated by Robin Cowcher and published by Black Dog Books/Walker Books Australia, was chosen as the theme for the 2015 Myer Christmas windows. The following year I was asked to write a story for the 2016 windows. The book, One Christmas Eve, published again by Black Dog Books/Walker Books Australia, was illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. And this year, because of Covid, the windows were at first cancelled, then later reinstated. The reversal of the decision came very late, so there was no time for a book, but, with the tightest deadline I’ve ever had, there is a story. If you visit the beautiful windows – open until December 24 – you can read the story on the storyboards in each window. The story and the windows is a reflection of what our year has been; but now we are moving forward with a promise for all the tomorrows, because … It’s Christmas After All. Window 6 is may favourite mainly because the setting has been re-used from the 2015 Little Dog and the Christmas Wish windows. John Kerr, and all the artisans at Stage One Australia, did the most incredible job creating these windows re-using characters and sets from previous windows – a mammoth job for everyone, with a seemingly impossible deadline – but we did it!