News: Sealskin Coast Official Launch

On 30 May 2014 Rowena Evans’ launch of her children’s novel, Sealskin Coast, was held at Cooma Public Library, in the Snowy Mountains (for international readers, it is in the state of New South Wales, Australia).

 

The launch went well with a large turn out, and all available copies were sold. The library staff put a lot of work into it, and said they renewed relationships with several inactive borrowers, and got one or two new ones as well. They bought two copies for their collection and at least one of the local schools has them too.
Rowena, author and illustrator of her novel, did a workshop with a local school that morning and is hoping to do others with nearby schools in the future.
 
They had, depending on the person estimating, between 60 and 100 people there, and the local press (Monaro Post and the Cooma-Monaro Express) took photos. Rowena’s ex-lighthouse keeper friend, Richard Jermyn, made a very nice opening speech and they had a colouring competition – by good chance the winner was one of the children present.

 

We at IFWG Publishing Australia, are proud of this wonderful title, and especially chuffed with Rowena’s efforts in coordinating a very successful launch of her debut solo novel. Congratulations, Rowena!
Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)

Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)

 

Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena's, was master of ceremonies

Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena’s, was master of ceremonies

 

Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech

Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech

 

Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch

Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch

 

Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, "The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry", the song quoted in Sealskin Coast

Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, “The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry”, the song quoted in Sealskin Coast

 

Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production

Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production

 

Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)

Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)

 

Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch

Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch

Animation/Music Video associated with Sealskin Coast

Rowena Evans, author and illustrator of Sealskin Coast, says:

“The ballad of the Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry is a story from the Scottish legend of the selkies, people who have the ability to transform into seals and vice versa. Selkies are reputed to be beautiful in human form, and from time to time marry ordinary humans, usually with tragic consequences one way or another – but what self respecting folk song isn’t full of tragedy? The words, from the island of Orkney, are found in the Child Ballads, collected in the second half of the 19th century, and the tune that is now known was written in the 20th century in a traditional style.

I have been free with both the words and the tune in what I consider to be the prerogative of anyone who sings a folk song, and hope that this version of the song will be enjoyed by those who hear it and see the animation that accompanies it. Many thanks to those who participated in making the clip; Eleanor Evans, Ben Warner and Rodney Clancy.

This song and animation is an accompaniment to my novel for readers of 10 to 100, Sealskin Coast, released May 2014 by IFWG Publishing Australia http://www.ifwgaustralia.com, which is a depiction of the selkie myth in a modern, southern hemisphere setting.”

Well done, Rowena!

News: Release of Sealskin Coast

IFWG Australia is pleased to announce the release of Sealskin Coast, by Rowena Evans. The work is richly illustrated and written by Rowena, which is written for ten year olds and up, but will delight adults as well.

Sealskin Coast will be available soon in all good online stores worldwide, but it can be immediately purchased through our own Print Title Store, and in all likelihood, a better price! We expect our ebook store will have the title available by the 11th May 2014.

 Sealskin Coast Front Cover

Wallace Emmet Keyes has so many problems he doesn’t know which way to turn. Everyone at the new school makes fun of him. His cousin can’t stand him. For the last month he’s lived with Aunty Jay, Raa and Raiona in a tiny flat in the city instead of at home with his parents. But these are distractions from the big problem: both his mother and father have run away from home.

Becoming tough might fix some of that – but it’s not until Wallace meets the mysterious Zillah that things change. Why does she know all about him? Why has he never met her before? Why does she want him live up to all his names, and strangest of all, why does Zillah trick Wallace into falling into the harbour near her odd house?

Zillah introduces Wallace to an unknown side of his family and to a fabulous, hidden ability that matches all his dreams. Soon Wallace and his newly found cousin Eartha embark on a desperate adventure to find his parents – and answer Wallace’s questions.

News: Cover Reveal for Children’s Novel, Sealskin Coast

We are very happy to reveal the cover of the upcoming novel, Sealskin Coast, by author and illustrator, Rowena Evans. The is a wonderfully illustrated work, which will entertain readers from 10 to 100. Stay tuned for more information – this novel will be published within a week.

Rowena supplied the artwork, influenced by art deco style, and the cover design (consistently art deco), with the great antique look, was provided by Geoff Brown of Cohesion and Editing and Proofreading.

Sealskin Coast Front Cover

Sealskin Coast Full Cover

 

Wallace Emmet Keyes has so many problems he doesn’t know which way to turn. Everyone at the new school makes fun of him. His cousin can’t stand him. For the last month he’s lived with Aunty Jay, Raa and Raiona in a tiny flat in the city instead of at home with his parents. But these are distractions from the big problem: both his mother and father have run away from home.

Becoming tough might fix some of that – but it’s not until Wallace meets the mysterious Zillah that things change. Why does she know all about him? Why has he never met her before? Why does she want him live up to all his names, and strangest of all, why does Zillah trick Wallace into falling into the harbour near her odd house?

Zillah introduces Wallace to an unknown side of his family and to a fabulous, hidden ability that matches all his dreams. Soon Wallace and his newly found cousin Eartha embark on a desperate adventure to find his parents – and answer Wallace’s questions.