I had the pleasure of spending time chatting with Corrine Fenton and visiting the Words and Windows Picture book Exhibition at Eltham Library in Melboure yesterday.
For those unfamiliar with Corinne, this past Christmas the Myer Windows were based on her children’s book, along with illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall ‘One Christmas Eve’.
As I walked around the exhibition and enjoyed the displays and artwork, I observed just how beautiful a person Corinne is. The author greeted both children and parents with such warmth and friendliness , always with a story to tell about her books. A very approachable person with a passion for picture books that just oozes from her. Today I am sharing with you some of the conversation we had around her writing and books.
We share a common thought:
Just like I do, Corinne is a big believer in picture books being for everyone no matter your age. This information gave me joy because there is so much to gain from getting lost in the pictures in a picture book and often the message of the books are a learning experience for the reader.
Inspiration is everywhere:
Although there is a common theme of animals that run throughout Corinne’s books, this has not been intentional. Her inspiration is found all around her, Corinne could be sitting in a coffee shop and will see something and start taking notes and a book starts forming in her mind.
Favourite children’s picture book authors:
Corinne has this list of favourites, however through our conversation it was evident that The Velveteen Rabbit rated very highly and has been a favourite for a very long time. Corinne also spoke very fondly of Margaret Wild’s work.
What’s next for Corinne?:
I had the immense pleasure of looking at Corinne’s next book called ,My Friend Tertius. This book is very special to Corinne and one that needed to be told. It has taken Corinne 10 years to write and is based around World War 2. It will be out this March.
It was an absolute delight to spend time with Corinne and I bought one of her books, Little Dog and the Christmas Wish.
Want a signed copy for yourself? Leave a comment on this blog post about what your favourite children’s book is, either as a child or now and why. The draw will close by midnight (AST) this Thursday 9 February.
Stay tuned for more on the Words and Windows Exhibition in the next blog post. Meanwhile you can find out more about it at the YPRL Website.
Want to know more about Corinne Follow her blog – http://corinnefenton.com/