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A Land Down Under and other Australiana Verses

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There is no doubt that a 'Land Down Under' is a place of wonder with its unique flora, magical fauna and vibrant colours of a wide, brown sunshine-blest land. In this delightful book Maggie’s heart-warming poetry together with Samantha's captivating illustrations will take you on a journey through all those elements... and leave you wanting more!
Author: Maggie May Gordon was born and raised in Sydney. She commenced writing when she married and moved to a property on the western plains of NSW which she found very conducive to writing about the characters, flora and fauna of the Australian bush. An award-winning poet, her verses have been widely published and used in eisteddfod and radio presentations. Her lyrics have been performed on stage and television. Maggie is the original author & lyricist of Eureka! the Musical (Her Majesty’s, Melbourne 2004) which was nominated for Best Musical in the Robert Helpmann Awards for Australian Theatre 2005. Illustrator: Samantha Metcalfe is a Natural History Illustrator who finds inspiration in the unique biodiversity of the Australian bush. Working primarily in colour pencil, her realistic and detailed illustrations often focus on capturing Australia’s native flora and fauna. Samantha has illustrated several children’s picture books including A Rainbow of Feathers (with Jenny Gahan, 2020) and A Land Down Under (with Maggie May Gordon, 2021). Her first illustrated book, Carmichael’s Journey (with Shelly Fussell) was shortlisted for the 2019 Children’s Book Council of Australia Award for New Illustrator.
* A verse for every occasion, celebrating Australia but also touching on issues that need addressing and calling for action. * Inspiring watercolour illustrations on every page. * Award-winning poet Maggie’s lyrics feel both very personal, yet accessible to everyone.




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