Sweet Helen even introduced me, Sadami Konchi, and my debut work “Moon,” written by Matt Zurbo and edited by her, to be published next August. Furthermore, she supported me. How nice! Oh, you cannot imagine how much I appreciated her strong support for me and my first picture book, "Moon"!! It surprised me very much.
"In the second row, in the middle, there's Sadami Konchi (Helen kindly indicated to the audience where I was with her hand!). Please warmly welcome her who has come to
Helen has achieved a national and international reputation for producing groundbreaking Australian picture books, junior fiction and young adult literature. She developed the After Dark novel series illustrated in black-and-white, for reluctant older boy readers and the first Australian picture books for adult readers. Often collaborating with author Gary Crew, she’s nurtured many new talents, including Gregory Rogers, Anne Spudvilas, Peter Gouldthorpe, Neil Curtis, Narelle Oliver and Shaun Tan.
Shaun Tan, has pushed the boundaries of picture books. His work with Helen has changed their public image from easy kids’ reading to philosophical books that bear academic discussion on universal themes and social issues, displaying sophisticated art.
My thoughts often overlaped her speech. Helen again, thanked for all related people at the end of the speech.
After the ceremony, we celebrated her win. Oh, wine was so sweet! She showed me the medal. Helen Chamberlin’s name is engraved on the other side of medal. Her honourable certificate was beautifully framed and granted to her. Helen delightedly accepted my sketch.
"How did you do it?" Helen asked me and we laughed.
After the ceremony, topnotchers told me, "We can't wait for your picutre book!"
"You worked with the best editor in Australia!" Yes!!!
These top people are Helen's wonderful friends!.
“The work of an editor or publisher of children’s books is to be a facilitator – to make sure the huge talent we have in
Endlessly, I do applause! We’re fortunate to have such a wonderful editor Helen in our children’s book industry. Friends, I've been writing about Helen from time to time. Feel free to write your any comments on Helen, the Dromkeen Medal, "Moon," editing, the publishing industry and so on. I certainly pass them on to Helen.
Friends, Happy Painting and Happy Illustrating!!
Ehum! Helen and I tease at each other, still now, hahaha?!