Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he is fascinated by the world around him. Come along for this story session and meet Grug in person. Perfect for kids aged 2–6, but fun for fans of all ages.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Supported by the Blue Mountains Library & Cultural Centre and Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage.

Margaret Hamilton (Australian)

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Margaret Hamilton has been involved in children’s books all her working life – as children’s librarian, bookseller and publisher. Award-winning Margaret Hamilton Books specialised in picture books, developing an international reputation. Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage in Blackheath, displays Margaret’s collection of original artwork from picture books and a large library – the only establishment of its kind in NSW and is a mecca for anyone interested in picture books. Pinerolo’s program of Illustrators in Residence is ongoing, and courses on creating picture books have been running for eleven years.