AUTHOR EVENT: Gabrielle Wang

Gabrielle Wang
Australian Children’s Laureate 2022-23

Saturday 20 August
2.30 – 4pm

IN STORE

Tickets $5
Bookings Essential

Suitable for children in Years 3-6 (8-12 years old)

We are delighted to kick off our 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week celebrations with an afternoon with the current Australian Children’s Laureate, Gabrielle Wang. Hear about how she became an author and illustrator, her new book Zadia Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon, and participate in a creative session on how to draw your very own dragon!

This event is most suitable for children in Years 3-6 or 8-12 years old. Space in store is very limited, so bookings essential.

All children must have their own ticket. Accompanying parents are welcome to stay (standing room only).  
Teachers who wish to attend for professional development should book a ticket.

Books will be available for purchase on the day and Gabrielle will do a signing following her presentation and activity session.


About Gabrielle…

Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator, and the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022 to 2023. Born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage, her maternal great-grandfather came to Victoria during the Gold Rush and her father was from Shanghai. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.

Gabrielle’s first children’s novel, The Garden of Empress Cassia, won the 2002 Aurealis Award, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and was a CBCA Notable Book. The Pearl of Tiger Bay was shortlisted for the 2004 Aurealis Award and The Lion Drummer was a Notable Book in the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. A Ghost in My Suitcase won the 2009 Aurealis Award, was a CBC Notable Book, was shortlisted for the 2011 Sakura Medal and received a Highly Commended in the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Her first young adult novel, Little Paradise also received a Highly Commended in the 2011 Prime Minister’s Awards. Gabrielle’s picture book The Race for the Chinese Zodiac (2010) illustrated by Sally Rippin and Regine Abos was a Notable Book in the CBCA Awards for 2011 and shortlisted for the 2011 YABBA and WAYBRA awards. Gabrielle has created two popular characters Poppy and Pearlie for the highly successful 2011 Our Australian Girl series.
The Wishbird was a CBCA 2014 Notable Book and was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian Book Design Awards, Yabba Awards, Kroc Awards, Koala Awards, Cool Awards and Crystal Kite Award.

Gabrielle’s books also include the suspenseful The Beast of Hushing Wood for middle readers, and a sequel to the award-winning A Ghost in My Suitcase, called Ting Ting the GhosthunterZadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon is her most recent novel.

You can read more about Gabrielle in her own words HERE.


What is an Australian Children’s Laureate?

The Children’s Laureate is appointed on a biennial basis and must be an Australian author and/or illustrator of children’s and/or youth literature, who is making a significant contribution to the children’s literature canon of this country.

The role of the Australian Children’s Laureate is to promote the transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians.

The Laureate also acts as a national and international ambassador for Australian children’s literature, speaking on behalf of all creators and the entire industry.

Our previous Laureates are:


About the book…

Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon

Zadie Ma has a special talent for telling stories . . . and it seems that some of Zadie’s stories come true. Zadie’s dearest wish is to have a dog of her own and so she starts to write the story of a poor unwanted dog called Jupiter, who’s just waiting to be rescued by a loving girl like Zadie.

One morning when she’s supposed to be minding the family shop for her mother, Zadie sets off to look for Jupiter. The scene that unfolds isn’t quite the same as in her story but she does find a real dog, and his name is Jupiter. Once Zadie has rescued him, she realises she can’t just take Jupiter home because her mother won’t let her keep a dog. Luckily her bold new friend Sparrow lets Zadie keep Jupiter at her house till Zadie can work things out.

But a series of unlucky events means that Zadie can’t write the happy ending she dreams of for her story, and now she may lose her beloved Jupiter forever.

Can Zadie’s most important story of all finally come true?

From one of Australia’s most esteemed and award-winning children’s authors and Australian Children’s Laureate for 202223 comes a heartwarming story set in postwar Melbourne about courage, friendship, the magic of stories and one girl’s unwavering love for her dog.

AUTHOR EVENT: Fiona Brockhoff

SUNDAY 31 JULY
3-4pm



In Store

Doors open 2.50pm

TICKETS $15
Bookings Essential

15 July: This event has now SOLD OUT. A waitlist is available via the booking button.


Fiona Brockhoff’s name has become synonymous with environmentally sustainable garden design in Australia. Her adventurous use of native plants clipped like topiary, exotic plants climatically suited to locations and use of texture gives her gardens a very distinctive flavour. Often using indigenous plants with colours like muted grey, silver and olive green, she uses shape and form to create spaces rather than short-lived flower colour. Most of her gardens survive on the rain nature sends them and are relatively low maintenance, with the exception of vegetable gardens and chicken runs, which she encourages clients to include.  

Join us to hear Fiona discuss her new book, With Nature, which showcases many of her garden designs, including her own Mornington Peninsula property and labour of love, ‘Karkalla’. Fiona will discuss her landscape design journey and provide tips, design guidance and inspiration for all gardeners to create their very own environmentally sustainable garden.

Bookings are essential.

Please note that the store will close an hour early at 2pm this day to allow us to set up for the event. Doors will reopen to attendees from 2.50pm.


With Nature
Fiona Brockhoff

Release date: 6 July 2022

With Nature is an inspirational look at garden design and landscaping.

In this beautifully photographed book, Fiona Brockhoff takes us through her gardens in Australia – some never before seen – with tips, design guidance and inspiration to help you create your own sustainable, naturalistic and wholistic gardens. From small-space inner-city gardens to coastal and rural properties, Fiona’s work is full of new and creative ideas.

Fiona Brockhoff’s name has become synonymous with environmentally sustainable garden design in Australia. Her adventurous use of native plants clipped like topiary, exotic plants climatically suited to locations and use of texture gives her gardens a very distinctive flavor. Often using indigenous plants with colors like muted grey, silver and olive green, she uses shape and form to create spaces rather than short-lived flower color. Most of her gardens survive on the rain nature sends them and are relatively low maintenance, with the exception of vegetable gardens and chicken runs, which she encourages clients to include.

With Nature will surprise and delight, with its inspiring ideas and planting styles designed to challenge the norm.


About the Author

Fiona Brockhoff is an Australian garden designer whose landscapes are crafted with nature, not against it. Her own garden, created on a windswept sand dune on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, has been profiled all over the world and is widely regarded as an iconic contemporary garden.

Fiona’s designs draw on rich plant palettes of foliage, color and form, and champion the use of indigenous plants and local materials used sustainably. Her beautiful modern gardens are renowned for their strong sense of place, space and texture.

Kids’ Writing Competition 2022

ENTRIES CLOSE SUNDAY 31 JULY

Illustration: Jasmine Seymour
(Copyright Children’s Book Council Australia)

We are delighted to once again run our Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week Kids’ Writing Competition.

This year’s inspiration is the CBCA Book Week Theme for 2022: Dreaming with Eyes Open.

There will be Farrells Book Vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries will be published here on the website.


Please stick to the below Entry Guidelines to make sure your story counts!

Entry Guidelines:

  • Open to Mornington Peninsula residents only.
  • Entrants must fall into one of the five entry age groups from Prep through to Year 12. Sorry, no grown ups allowed!!
    • Lower Primary: Prep to Year 2
    • Middle Primary: Years 3 and 4
    • Upper Primary: Years 5 and 6
    • Lower Secondary: Years 7 to 9
    • Upper Secondary: Years 10 to 12
  • Entries may be in picture story, poetry or short story formats and be inspired by the CBCA Book Week Theme: Dreaming with Eyes Open.
  • Word limits apply and only entries within the limits will be read, so practice your editing skills!
    • Primary level 2 pages / 1000 words
    • Secondary level 3 pages / 1500 words.
  • Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store.
  • Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW 2022 Story Comp. Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF formats.

Please ensure you include your NAME, AGE, PHONE & EMAIL.

ENTRIES CLOSE SUNDAY 31 JULY



To get started on your story, check out these Top Tips for Young Writers from author Jane Godwin, or have a look at the winners from our competition last year here.

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