Acclaimed Author Michael Gerard Bauer’s Cabra Visit


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On Monday 29th July acclaimed Brisbane author Michael Gerard Bauer visited Cabra College. To help us celebrate Book Week for 2013 he addressed several hundred students from Years 6-8 during lively and supremely amusing talks in St. Dominic’s Hall and the Dance Studio.

Bauer, author of many books for children and young adults is perhaps best known for his school days saga which begins with the irrepressible Don’t Call Me Ishmael. This perennially popular series charts the fortunes of Ishmael Leseur as he starts Year 9 at the all Boys’ school St Daniels. The author held his young audience spellbound with his tales of how ordinary people and events are transformed into stories for all to share.

A former English and Economics teacher, Michael Gerard Bauer knows his audience well and whether writing or speaking our students found it easy to relate to his often hilarious anecdotes. Bauer’s books are published by Omnibus Books an imprint of Scholastic. For a full list of the author’s books click here.

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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.