VISIT to PINEROLO – The Children’s Book Cottage
‘It is widely accepted that picture books and are not just for small children.’
Pinerolo, established by Margaret Hamilton in Blackheath, aims to promote Australian picture books and their creators, educate children and adults alike about them, provide a venue for exhibition of artwork and bring interested people together in an inspiring environment.
Our visit will include an introductory talk on publishing picture books, the processes involved, examples of the publishing process from writing the manuscript, approaching a publisher, working with an illustrator, etc. using actual material used in the making of several books and discussion of the future of picture books in Australia and the rest of the world. We will be able to view Margaret’s collection of original artwork from Australian picture books and ask plenty of questions.
Margaret Hamilton AM has had many years experience in children’s books — as a children’s librarian, a bookseller, a publisher and as a parent. In 1987 she left her position as director at Hodder & Stoughton Australia to begin Margaret Hamilton Books with her husband Max. The company built up a reputation for high quality children’s books and was dedicated to the philosophy ‘that children have a right to the best of everything, especially books’. Margaret Hamilton Books won many awards and had considerable success on the world market. It became a Division of Scholastic Australia in 1996, where the imprint remains. Margaret’s passion for picture books, her enthusiasm for the world of Australian illustrators, and her recognition of the need for wider promotion of picture books, have led her to this new venture. Her own extensive collection of books and original artwork provide the nucleus of this centre.
Pinerolo is situated on the picturesque Shipley Plateau, 2km South West of Blackheath in the iconic Blue Mountains.
Visit recommended for Book lovers
When: Tuesday May 17th, 1pm.
Cost: $10 per person
Booking deadline May 10th.