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‘Leigh Hobbs – Mr Chicken, Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and more’ Posts

It’s been a pleasure!

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017 by SRC Team -
  Hello everyone. It’s with a little sadness that I write this last post to you all.  Thank you SRC Club Members for making me feel so welcome and for enthusiastically following my blog this summer. You’ve kept me busy with your terrific questions and comments which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ve enjoyed [...]

Horrible Harriet – Hero or Villain

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by SRC Team -
Some people think of Horrible Harriet as a bully, and the Horrible Harriet stories as being about bullying. However, I think of Harriet as being a victim. She looks and acts different, in fact very different to everyone else and because of this the kids in her class have nick- named her ‘Horrible Harriet’. The [...]

Old Tom – Hero or Villain

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by SRC Team -
‘Old Tom’ was born in about 1992.  Around then I decided that instead of illustrating other peoples books, that is, drawing the pictures to go with their stories, I wanted to make up my own stories starring my own characters.   I didn’t want a goody – goody type character so I created a moth eaten [...]

My characters and collections

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by SRC Team -
I’m never quite sure what to say when people ask me where my characters come from. That’s because I’m not sure where they come from. I mean, obviously they come from inside my head, thanks to my wild imagination but often how they began is a mystery even to me. I start drawing, and out [...]

Non-Fiction, a library’s best kept secret

Posted on: December 26th, 2016 by SRC Team -
  I prefer non-fiction books because I think my mind loves lots of facts about my favourite topics- history, art, and architecture to store up in my imagination. That’s how I create stories in my head. I have a sort of library of facts and figures in there (my head). When I was little I [...]

Leigh Hobbs loves Libraries

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by SRC Team -
  I’ve always loved Libraries, as a small boy at school and as a grown up teacher and visitor to schools. To me the library was always a ‘safe place’ where I could escape from the pressures of the schoolyard – I was never any good at sport – and let my imagination run free. [...]

Becoming an author/illustrator

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by SRC Team -
  I want to tell you something. I wasn’t a very good reader when I was young because I found it hard to concentrate. My mind would wander off as ideas were triggered by something I’d read in the book. You can blame my imagination. I have also always found it hard to remember things if [...]

My role as the Australian Children’s Laureate

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by SRC Team -
  Welcome to my first blog post for the summer! I’m Leigh Hobbs. I am excited to share a bit more about who I am, what I do, and what inspires my books, characters and illustrations. And I am looking forward to getting to know you a bit better too over the course of the [...]

Learn about Leigh Hobbs this summer

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by SRC Team -
Leigh Hobbs This summer learn more about Leigh Hobbs and his work as an author/illustrator. Check in each week to find out things like, “What an Australian Children’s Laureate is,” “How he decided on being a writer/illustrator,” “Why he love libraries so much,” and is “Old Tom a Hero or a [...]

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