Allison Paterson and her NEW book Shearing Time

3600_Allison-PAterson-WOIGMEET Allison Paterson and her NEW picture book Shearing Time

Allison Paterson writes as a children’s author, school librarian, and winner of a 2017 May Gibbs Fellowship. I met Allison at the recent Romancing the Stars event on the Sunshine Coast where we both were author STARS for the night.

On 1st March, Allison launched her picture book Shearing Time, illustrated by Shane McGrath.

Allison Paterson

Shearing Time by Allison Paterson

Karen Tyrrell (that’s me) interviews Allison on How & Why she published Shearing Time

Q: Allison, tell me about yourself and why you write Australian history books for kids.

A: I grew up on a farm surrounded by sheep, dogs and chooks. I spent many years as a teacher librarian and I am now an author. My first book for children was the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front. It is the younger reader’s version of Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars, a true account of her ancestors’ service during WWI and based on a collection of over 500 letters my grandfather and his four brothers sent to their family. Then came Granny’s Place, a delightful picture book that explores the past and was inspired by my grandparents and childhood adventures on their farm.

Q. What is Shearing Time about?

A: Shearing Time is a companion tale to Granny’s Place and is loads of fun with cantankerous sheep, daring dogs, a shed of shearers that rumbles with the racket and a country kitchen that opens the door on the life of a country kid! It’s based on childhood memories of my favourite time of the year – Shearing Time – when the whole family worked together to get the job done!

Allison Paterson

Q. How did you publish Shearing Time?

A: Shearing Time is my fourth book published by the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.

Q: Finally, can you share three of your publishing tips?

  • Persevere – believe in your work and surround yourself by people who believe in you.
  • My stories are set in the past and my reading choices are often historical fiction and non-fiction – write what you know and love to read yourself.
  • Plan, plan and plan – be organised!

Book Giveaway… Shearing Time by Allison Paterson WINNER BELOW

Allison Paterson

Shearing Time by Allison Paterson

 Allison Paterson is giving away a FREE signed copy of Shearing Time.  Thanks for leaving a comment below on my website for a chance to win a print copy.

And the Winner is Jacqui Halpin 🙂

 THANKS for Commenting below for a chance to win … LIKE, Tweet, Google + Share on Facebook.


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28 comments to Allison Paterson and her NEW book Shearing Time

  • Val Waters

    I grew up on a farm at Curra Country, Queensland and am keen to read Allison’s new book Shearing Time to see any similarities her life on the farm hold compared to my own farmlife as a child. I also have 2 grandchildren and I have purchased for each of them a copy of Allison’s other publications. Allison’s books are so informative and very well illustrated. They capture the attention of readers young & let’s just say the not so young alike. I am sure she will succeed in writing many more books in the coming years

  • Hi Val,
    Lovely to meet you here. Thanks so much for leaving a comment to win a signed copy of Shearing Time. Good luck … Karen Tyrrell 🙂

  • Wendy Dickens

    Allison is my 5th cousin, I’d love to read her book and see if life there was similar to here in England 🙂 x

  • Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for dropping over to check out Allison’s picture book. Good luck in the competition … Karen 🙂

  • Deb

    Talented author and great interview Karen. I really enjoyed Romancing the Stars for the same reason. Got to learn lots of little snippets about the authors and illustrators. Great night out. ?

  • Hi Deb,
    Thanks for checking out my interview with Allison.
    Wonderful to chat with you at Romancing the Stars lat Friday Night…. Best wishes for the comp … Karen 🙂

  • Would love to win a copy. My dad used to work in the Brisbane wool stores at Tenerife for many years. This book brings back memories of his stories of wool sorting & classifying. My g/kids would love this.

  • I reviewed Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front for Creative Kids Takes then took it into the 4th grade class I was teaching at the time. They were fascinated and loved the varied format which allowed them to dip in and out of the story.

  • I can relate to riding a mini-bike on a farm when I was a schoolgirl. Regional and city kids alike will enjoy a tale of the rural life. Thank you for providing the give-away, Allison and thanks also to Karen for running the blog.

  • Kerry Ide

    It is lovely to see authors supporting each other. Allison’s book looks wonderful. It’s great to be sharing these memories with our children. Putting these ideas in print will help many generations to come. Well done girls.

  • Hi Kerry,
    Lovely surprise to discover your comment here. I remember seeing you at Romancing the Stars.
    I agree with the importance of sharing memories with our children. Best wishes for the competition … Karen 🙂

  • Hi Lyn,
    Thanks for popping over to share your childhood experiences of rural life.
    Best wishes in the Book Giveaway … Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Hi Artelle,
    Small World!
    Wonderful you read and reviewed Allison’s first book.
    You’ll love this one too. Thanks for commenting … Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Hi Barb,
    Thanks do much for sharing your childhood experiences of your dad working in the Wool stores.
    Best wishes for the book giveaway … Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • I would love to win a signed copy of your new book “Sheari g Time”. I love reading peoples stories of their growing up years and would love to read how it was growing up on a sheep farm. There are not many farms in my area with sheep so it makes it all the more interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Thanks Sharron,
    For checking out Allison’s book and leaving a comment on how you’d love to find out about life on a sheep farm. Winner announced on 10th March… Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Jacqui Halpin

    How wonderful of Allison to be able to capture those delightful childhood memories in a picture book. Great interview, Karen 🙂

  • Valerie Maples

    Thanks for the great interview, Karen! I always enjoy the books you tell us about. Always looking for good books to add to Bookshare and give to my honorary granddaughter. 🙂

  • Thanks for the interview Karen! I’d love to win a copy 😉
    And congratulations Allison on your lovely books!

  • Hi Rachelle,
    Thanks for checking out Shearing Time and leaving a comment. Hope to catch up with you soon … Karen 🙂

  • Hi Valerie, Thanks for dropping by with your comment. Good luck with the book giveaway competition … Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Hi Jacqui, Thanks for checking out Shearing Time. Thought you’d be interested, with you writing Australian history books for kids. Good luck with the book giveaway competition … Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Jenni

    I look forward to reading ‘Shearing Time’. Thank you.

  • Hi Jenni,
    Thanks for checking out Shearing Time… Happy Reading to your class … Karen 🙂

  • Hi Karen
    Thank you for the interview and congratulations to Jacqui, I hope you love Shearing Time! Big thanks to everyone for your terrific comments. Shearing Time was a delight to create and I am thrilled that a little piece of the past, along with the experience of the kids on farms, can be shared with others. Allison

  • Jacqui Halpin

    Yay! I won! Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks, Karen and Allison! 😀

  • Hi Jacqui,
    Congratulations on winning a signed copy of Shearing Time. I know you will LOVE it… Cheers, Karen 🙂

  • Hi Allison,
    Thanks for donating a copy of Shearing Time to your book giveaway and interview. I wish you continued success with this book … Karen 🙂

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