Adelaide Author D.M. Cornish’s Cabra Visit


  On Wednesday 23rd May as part of National Year of Reading acclaimed Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish  visited Cabra College. He addressed several hundred students from Years 6-10 during two brilliantly informative talks in the newly opened St. Dominic’s Hall.

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Accompanying his account of how he got started as a writer with dozens of his own intricately drawn illustrations, Mr Cornish held the pupils captivated. Each session concluded with a detailed and at times humourous question and answer session. The author signed copies of his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy during Recess, posing for photos with excited students. After an invitation-only lunch with lucky pupils Mr Cornish led a unique writing workshop with a Year 10 Extension English class. Students left this session buzzing with ideas for stories, novels and worlds of their own to build. D.M Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

More Monster Blood Tattoo Information, Links and Resources

Author D.M. Cornish at Cabra


Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish is at Cabra College tomorrow for a series of talks, book signings and a writing workshop. Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

If you’d like a signed copy of any or all of his three books bring $15 per book to the Book Room. Mr Cornish will be signing his books from 10.30am in the foyer of the new St. Dominic’s Hall.

Click on the links below for a wealth of Monster Blood Tattoo and Half Continent info and resources.

Official Monster Blood Tattoo Site (ANZ),

Author’s Monster Blood Tattoo Blog

Intricate Map of the Half Continent

Monster Blood Tattoo Wiki

Lands of the Half Continent Fan Forum

 Fan site run through Facebook

Author D.M. Cornish to Visit Cabra


As part of National Year of Reading acclaimed Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish will visit Cabra College on Wednesday 23rd May for a series of talks, book signings and a writing workshop. Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

The author had been working as an illustrator for Omnibus before his detailed illustrated notebooks were discovered by the publisher Dyan Blacklock. His elaborately detailed world of The Half Continent takes readers on a journey into realms of monsters versus humans, bringing to mind the best work of Tolkien and Mervyn Peake‘s Gormenghast Trilogy .

The film rights to his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy have been bought by the Jim Henson Company and so we may yet see a big screen version of Rossamund’s tale emerge.

Click on the links below for a wealth of Monster Blood Tattoo and Half Continent info and resources.

Official Monster Blood Tattoo Site (ANZ),

Author’s Monster Blood Tattoo Blog

Intricate Map of the Half Continent

Monster Blood Tattoo Wiki

Lands of the Half Continent Fan Forum

 Fan site run through Facebook

D.M. Cornish will visit Cabra College on Wednesday 23rd May for a series of talks and a writing workshop. Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase. Please see Mr Bull in the Senior Library or Miss SB in the Middle School Library for details.

Adelaide Writer’s Week Report Part 3 (of 3). D.M. Cornish


On Friday 2 March Mrs Cross’s Year 10 English class joined her and the Librarian Mr Bull for an excursion to the first Adelaide Writer’s Festival Schools Day. Students were treated to three very different sessions. The third entitled, “Constructing a Character” featured Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish. Students and teachers alike were treated to an excellent question and answer session between author/illustrator David Cornish and his Adelaide publisher Dyan Blacklock from Omnibus Books. She told the story of how Cornish went from jobbing illustrator with Omnibus to their most high profile writer in a very short space of time. The film  rights to his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy have been bought by the Jim Henson Company and so his star seems to rise ever higher. During the session David spoke of how he came to creat his ficitional world, The Half Continent over more than eleven years through dozens of unpublished notebooks.

He freely admits his books’ debts to both Tolkien and Gormenghast Trilogy author Mervyn Peake. Make no mistake however Monster Blood Tattoo is no parody or pastiche, but an intricately imagined and  richly drawn world with a compelling storyline. Fans were delighted to hear that Mr Cornish is well into a fourth book in the series told it seems from a much different perspective.

D.M. Cornish will visit Cabra College on Wednesday 23rd May for a series of talks and a writing workshop. Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase.