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Dimity Powell likes to fill every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews stories exclusively for kids and is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Her word webs appear in anthologies, school magazines, junior novels, as creative digital content, and picture books.
Many of her stories have been shortlisted or won awards including her digital narrative, The Chapel of Unlove for the Story City App, Shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards 2016. Two of her picture books feature on the Kindergo App and appear as part of Virgin Australia’s Inflight Children’s Entertainment Program. The Fix-It Man, illustrated by Nicky Johnston is her first picture book with EK Books. At the End of Holyrood Lane will follow in 2018. PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail? filled the Christmas stockings of children everywhere for the first time in 2012.
To Read, Write and Inspire, especially for children, has been Dimity’s passion for decades. She’s been actively indulging in it since 2008 along with regularly attending CYA Conferences which she attributes as the source of much of her knowledge. Dimity is a Books in Homes Volunteer Role Model and experienced presenter, delivering writing workshops and seminars on the art of storytelling both in Australia and overseas.
She believes that great stories, like ice cream, are life essentials. Her writing ambitions are modest although she’d consider giving up ice cream to hear one of her picture books read on Play School. Discover more at
WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
Since attending my first CYA Conference in 2008 I’ve harboured a secret desire that one day I would be able to share my own success story. Listening to the achievements of others, no matter how tentative or grandiose, thrilled and empowered me to continue on my own quest.
That year I entered picture book manuscripts and a chapter book manuscript into the CYA Competition, motivated mainly by the offer of detailed feedback. All entries, whilst not shortlisted were rated in the top ten placings. I was awestruck. I feverishly savoured every word on the feedback forms, dutifully noting any weak areas.
I have attended the Conference every year since then.
I have entered and attained encouraging (top ten) placings in the competition. I have pitched my wares to Industry personnel and relished the positive, immensely useful feedback. I have gained volumes on how to better myself and my craft from the illuminating seminars and workshops and I have received nothing but undiluted support every step of the way.
I can honestly say that without this gem of a Conference, I would not be in the position to call myself a Children’s Author today. And I would never have persevered with perfecting that chapter book manuscript, which became “PS Who Stole Santa’s Mail?” and my first contracted book.