Book Week In Sydney 2020 – Bookings Are Now Open

Yesterday was the final day of Children’s Book Week 2019. I visited thirty-three NSW schools and talked to several thousand kids over a period of five weeks.

Bookings are already open for my month of Book Week in Sydney for 2020. Schools have already started booking with several repeat schools locking in dates (the biggest compliment!).

If you’re a teacher, librarian or would like to recommend me to your school, then tell them to get in contact with my new booking agent, Booked Out Speakers Agency. I would love to visit!

Meanwhile, I’m getting back into working on some exciting new projects.

Children's Book Week 2020

Book Birthday

It’s the book birthday of Ollie and Augustus.

This is the first picture book I’ve both written and illustrated. Thanks to my fantastic editor, Nancy, and the creative Walker Books Australia team that got behind me in making this book.

And a special shout out to the two dogs that inspired Augustus – Lacie and Bry.

Ollie and Augustus is already popping up in bookshops around Australia and online including Dymocks.

Two book launches will kick off in NSW at Berkelouw Books Leichhardt and The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft,  followed by at least two in WA at Paper Bird Children’s Books and my hometown. More details on my events page. Join me in celebrating!

First Review and Welcoming Home Artwork

This week saw the first pre-release review for Ollie and Augustus in Books + Publishing with a 4.5 stars rating.

“Evans’ illustrations are so pleasing – recalling, in the best way, illustrations such as Emily Gravett and Peter H. Reynolds.” Extract – Books + Publishing.

There’s a combination of excitement and trepidation knowing my book is already winging its way around Australian book reviewers.

I’ve ended my week with the return of my art from Walker Books Australia. It’s been a year since I’ve seen them and I’d forgotten how BIG Augustus is in this picture! Love revisiting the artwork. It’s like I’m seeing them for the first time.

Action plan for my new picture book

Action plan for my new picture book with Walker Books Australia

My new picture book, Ollie and Augustus (Walker Books), is only a few months away from being released.

I’ve been scribbling up action plans for book launches, signings and school and library visits across NSW (September – October) and WA (November – December).

If you think your local school or library would like me to visit please let them know or send me their details here.

Ollie and Augustus – Finished Art for my 2019 Picture Book

Today I finished the art for Augustus and Ollie, my new picture book with Walker Books Australia.

So excited for this book – featuring Ollie and his best friend (and dog) Augustus.

The idea was first conceived in 2014 over a tea (or was it a coffee? Definitely a hot beverage) with a sketch of a large dog and small boy. Fast forward four years and this sketch has become my 25th illustrated book and the first picture book I’ve both written and illustrated for Walker Books.

Released Australia wide in early 2019.
Ollie and Augustus by Gabriel Evans
Find some of my other books here.

Quokka Selfie and Escape from the Studio

A quokka selfie was among the highlights during a brief holiday from my studio.

Two weeks exploring Western Australian beaches and karri forests reminded me how lucky I am to live in this remote part of the world.

Refreshed and refocused I’m back in the studio finishing off my latest picture book with Walker Books.

I look forward to showing sneak peaks from this new book soon.

Quokka selfie with Gabriel Evans