Illustration and Puppets

Premier’s Reading Challenge List 2018!

I just heard some amazing news! Fox and Moonbeam has been selected for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2018! I hope children everywhere enjoy reading it for the Premier’s Challenge!



Fox and Moonbeam Launch

I had a fun afternoon at the launch of Fox and Moonbeam. We made Fox and Moonbeam masks and the kids got to explore Springwood Library answering questions to the Forest Forage quiz. Thanks to everyone who attended to make it such a fun afternoon.

Fox and Moonbeam Fun Day

Our FREE kids event is next Saturday 23rd at Springwood Library 1-3pm! Make a Fox or Moonbeam mask, meet ballerina Moonbeam, follow the paw prints on the Forest Forage and you could win a book prize pack, meet local authors and illustrators, get your books signed, and do other free workshops too! Suitable for Primary School kids.

You can buy Fox and Moonbeam at

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Fox and Moonbeam

Today is the official release date for Fox and Moonbeam written by Aleesah Darlingson, published by Wombat Books (Yay! Buy Australian!) and illustrated by me! I worked on the illustrations for 18 months, so it’s very exciting to have the finished product. The very first signed copy went to my mum (pictured) who has dementia and still loves children’s books and all creative things.

About Fox and Moonbeam:

It is Victorian England and Gerard Fox winds clocks for the queen. His lowly status means he lives in a world forever surrounded by shadows. Mademoiselle Moonbeam Lapin is a famous ballerina. She lives in the golden glow of stage lights. When Moonbeam offers Fox her friendship, both of their worlds are transformed forever. Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated, Fox and Moonbeam is an enchanting tale of friendship, self-belief and finding the courage to step into the light.

You can buy Fox and Moonbeam from Wombat Books 




Scenic World Shopping Night

The inaugural Scenic World Shopping Night occurred on November 10th in Katoomba. I was so excited to see the new Mountains Made display of my puppets and illustrations. I even made the Blue Mountains Gazette, pictured with the lovely Kelly Heylen, the Creative Industries Cluster Manager for Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE).


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Puppet Show at Morven Gardens

In August I had a wonderful time working on a puppet show with the residents from Morven Gardens. I held several puppet workshops and we made the puppets together and performed the show to students from Blackheath Public School!

Read the article at

A big thank you to BANC (Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre) for funding the project.

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Pirates and Pirate Bikies!

Ahoy me mateys!

In September I was Captain for our CBCA Blue Mountains Sub-branch Talk like a Pirate Day at Katoomba Library!

I held a pirate finger puppet workshop with our budding little pirates!narelda-joy

And I also became a Pirate Bikey…well temporarily when Biblio Turismo arrived for their library visit!   See more of them at