Queen Alice’s Palaces

Queen Alice’s palace was gilded and grand … Lovely Queen Alice has the finest palace in the land. So fine, in fact, that cunning Sir Hugh tries to trick her into building one for him too! But has he met his match in the whimsical, good-hearted Alice? A fabulously fun rhyming tale from rising star […]

The ABC Book of Australian Poetry

Follow a river of poetry through country, town, the bush, the four seasons, night and day, and explore the Australian landscape through the eyes of our best Australian poets. ‘I am the river, gently flowing, as I wind my way to the sea.’ (Mary Duroux) Follow the river of poetry through country, town, the bush, […]

Beowulf

Written by an anonymous poet between the 8th and 11th centuries, this Old English epic poem follows the story of Beowulf, courageous hero of the Geats in Scandinavia. The King of the Danes has found his hall and his people under attack by a monster known as Grendel, and Beowulf fearlessly offers to defend them. […]

Mulga Bill’s Bicycle

Celebrating 40 years in print this is a new edition of the classic children’s poem by Australia’s favourite poet, A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson. Mulga Bill’s Bicycle was written by Banjo Paterson in 1896. It was written at a time when cycling was a relatively new and popular social activity. Cycles were ridden everywhere, including in the […]

The Man from Snowy River

A beautifully illustrated edition of an iconic Australian classic. One of the most famous poems in Australian literature, ‘The Man from Snowy River’ was first published in the Bulletin in 1890. The poem famously tells the story of a chase to recapture a valuable colt, which involved riding down a steep slope to rescue the […]

Waltzing Matilda

Beautifully illustrated by Desmond Digby, here is a new edition of Australia’s most famous song. Through a light lyrical verse, comes to life the story of a swagman who steals a sheep or ‘jumbuck’, and his ensuing police chase. Desmond Digby’s painterly style of illustration with rustic colours, and a rugged looking swagman encapsulate the […]