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Nicola Philp is a writer and teacher who lives in Southern Victoria. She writes for adults in The Age newspapers, but this is mainly to fund her true love...children's literature.
Very late 2018 she launched her first book Baby Days, a vibrant, rhyming book for early childhood and recently found out it has been selected as one of the four books in the Victorian Government Baby Bundle.
In March 2019, her second picture book A Grain of Hope launched at Readings with Julian Burnside. It is a book for older readers on the subject of refugees, 100% of any profit made will be donated to Rural Australians for Refugees in honour of her penpal on Manus Island.
WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
I entered both Baby Days and A Grain of Hope into the CYA competition and the judge's feedback was really helpful and it was exciting to finish third with A Grain of Hope - it gave me a sense that maybe it was a half decent story and worth pursuing.