Colour Melbourne has arrived!    Colour Melbourne in the Herald Sun

Just PUBLISHED!  Colour Melbourne
 is a colouring book made entirely by children. 55 artists aged between three and 10 years old have made this creative and very original book. Colour Melbourne is the world’s first colouring book made entirely by children.

Julie Kennedy, of Pip Dot Art Studio, and Joanne O’Callaghan have been working with children for a year to bring the concept of a book made by children together.  The book has been published following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

“There has been something of an avalanche of colouring books for adults to reach the market during the past two years. It is time to look at the colouring craze through a new lens – through the eyes of children.”

“We have been working on this project for a year and are yet to find a colouring book created with the hands and imagination of children in Australia or worldwide. Colour Melbourne is the first we know of in the world as a commercial colouring book made by children” said, children’s book author Joanne O’Callaghan.

Art teacher Julie Kennedy of Pip Dot Art Studio said “Colour Melbourne highlights my love for Melbourne and children’s natural ability to produce and engage in art. Children are always so proud of the things they’ve made, so you can imagine how thrilled they are to have their work published in a book for other children.”

With this book we want to give children the message that:

  • Their drawings are valued
  • Drawings are as varied and individualistic as people
  • The process of art making is as important as the end product
  • There is no one way to draw something and drawings don’t need to look a certain way.

There are no computer drawn images in this colouring book.

Children and adults can bring the city alive with colourful hot air balloons, stripy football jumpers, polka dot fashion, delicious ice-creams, and buildings of all shapes and sizes. Hand-drawn pictures highlight much loved Melbourne landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the National Gallery of Victoria. There are also parks, picnics, and penguins. And of course a tram or two!

With the support of their project backers the have been able to donate copies of Colour Melbourne to children in hospital through The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Project supporters also donated books to school programs run by The Resilience Project, an organisation helping young Australian’s be mentally healthy.

Watch the Colour Melbourne Campaign Video:

Colour Melbourne is now available in Melbourne at all good bookstores including The Avenue Bookstores, Readings, Hill of Content Bookstore, and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

22 September 2015

My Hong Kong Turns 5

Star Ferry

“It is important to always read a bedtime story… else how would your dreams know where to begin.”

Five years ago today, we launched My Hong Kong at The Fringe Club in Hong Kong.

That evening we shared Ralph Kiggell’s artwork in an exhibition of limited edition prints from My Hong Kong, we also shared champagne among friends, and signed many books.

Ralph Kiggell’s original, and striking artwork gave me the confidence that we could engage children and adults into story.  The Star Ferry (pictured) as the first woodblock print made by Ralph for the book.  I was immediately enthused.   Seline Wu’s graphic design skills helped to give the book a slightly vintage aesthetic. My Hong Kong  was a project that evolved over more than three years as my corporate life kept me busy. We launched My Hong Kong ten weeks before the arrival of my son… he was a catalyst to ensure that we finished the book!

Little did I imagine that our book might one day become a little school stage performance, thanks to some very creative teachers at Glenealy school.  An amateur video can be seen here (watch for the jumping in puddles!)

Thank you for making My Hong Kong an ongoing bestseller.  It has allowed me to keep dreaming, writing and collaborating with artists.  I do love it.



I was thrilled to recently receive a hand written book review for The Swimmers.  The letter came from Bernie, who is eight years old and lives in Hong Kong with his parents and two younger brothers.

“An amusing, young, travelling, swimming boy who just wants to swim with his Dad anywhere in Hong Kong.  He also camps for a treat.  His Dad is in a swimming team (he wishes he was as well). He practices two times a week.   A nice piece of poetry that tumble turns into a bestseller.”  – Bernie, Aged 8.

Thank you Bernie!



Top shelf display!

Bookazine logoThis month ‘The Swimmers’ is No. 3 in the Bookazine Top 10 Bestsellers for Children in Hong Kong. This is a thrill for me, and I have received some really lovely and animated comments from children about the story. Also in the Top 10 Bestsellers, at No.7, is ‘My Hong Kong’ which was published almost four years ago! ‘My Hong Kong’ appears to have become something of a Hong Kong classic.



You are invited to join these events on our book launch weekend!  This weekend in Hong Kong.

The Swimmers at Bookazine on 21 JuneThe Swimmers at Dymocks IFC Mall on 21 June
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The Swimmers, a new picture book about a father and son’s love for the water, and each other, will be released in 2014. This new title is a collaboration with talented Chinese artist, Kori Song.

Released in October 2013, the Third Anniversary Edition of My Hong Kong includes three bonus postcards of Ralph Kiggell’s woodblock prints. The postcards feature popular prints of the Star Ferry, the Peak Tram and a view of Hong Kong from above.