January 30, 2017

A week ago Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, launched a beautiful exhibition, Words and Windows.

Author and Illustrator, Leigh Hobbs

This exhibition at the Eltham Library, celebrates Australian children’s author Corinne Fenton’s exquisite picture books. Corinne’s award winning books have been published nationally and internationally and have inspired the last two years Myer Christmas Windows.

The exhibition features original artwork, figures from the Myer Christmas Windows 2015 and 2016 and just a snippet of the research, drafting and writing that has gone into creating Corinne’s Australian picture books.

There was song, wine and chat at the launch, as well as an appearance by the gorgeous West Highland Terrier, Harry.

Words and Pictures Launch


It’s always amazing to see the hard work and attention to detail that go into each picture book and in fact, each word. The original artwork is stunning, and even though I knew how much research Corinne, and all writers, put into her work, it was amazing to see a just a piece of it on display.

The models from the Christmas Windows also surprised me. They are so much larger up close and the detail is mind blowing.

Myer Windows figures

Words and Windows Continue

Picture book cover, You Have My Heart


Don’t be disappointed if you couldn’t make the launch. Words and Windows continues for another few weeks, finishing on February 13. Take the drive to beautiful Eltham and enjoy original artwork by Robin Cowcher, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall, Andrew McLean, Peter Gouldthorpe, Sebastian Ciaffaglione, Hannah Sommerville and Owen Swan, as well as Corinne’s handwritten drafts, edits and mind boggling research. And of course, make sure you explore the library and taste the chai at the cafe before you reach the library.

Picture books are for all ages,and so too is the Words and Windows exhibition. Take your children 0r grab a niece, nephew or neighbour to bring with you.

Reading a Corinne Fenton picture book.

A sight to make an Australian author‘s heart sing!