Farewell, Friends!


After investing so much time (and money) getting the Australian Children’s Poetry blog up and running, I have now decided to hand over the reins to Teena Raffa-Mulligan whom I’m convinced is just the right person for the job. Thank you, Teena, for doing so and good luck!

Thank you, too, for the many ACP supporters, especially my dearest husband, Bill Condon, a marvellous children’s poet (and author).  The hugest thanks of all goes to Helen Ross who has been amazing with all of the energy and enthusiasm she’s given to her job of creating the blog and continuing to support me with many technical glitches. Without her invaluable help the blog would not have picked up the nearly 65,000 hits it’s had in the past 12 months.

I am now going to focus on my own creative writing and to continue compiling and editing Buzz Words, the twice monthly online magazine I founded in 2006 for those in the children’s book industry. You can check out the Buzz Words’ blog on http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com and if you send me an email to dibates@outlook.com, I will send you the latest issue to see if you’d like to subscribe.




18 thoughts on “Farewell, Friends!

  1. Thank you so much Di for creating this lovely site which has enabled people like myself to showcase their work. I’m sure you’re going to enjoy having more time for your own creative writing. xx

  2. Thank you for all your hard work, Di. Your establishment of this blog has ensured that poetry gets the exposure it rightly deserves within the world of children’s literature. I wish you all the best in your own future creative pursuits.

  3. Thanks Di for your vision, all you’ve invested, and your enthusiasm to get this blog up, running and thriving! Your encouragement to poets (and would-be-poets :)) has been invaluable not only to the individuals who contribute, but also to those who are inspired by the poems and who help shape the production of children’s literature in Australia. Wishing you all the best.

  4. Dear Di,
    Congratulations on all that you have achieved for poetry, and particularly, children’s poetry. You are a flyer. I feel as though I have known you for a long time – you are a busy, sharp,wonderful, generous poet. I’m sorry you’re leaving but I’m sure Teena will be a marvellous replacement. And you’re still in children’s books with your electic Buzz Words, of which I’d love to see a copy. Thank you for putting my poems on the ACP site. I am most grateful. It’s wonderful that so many are coming to poetry through your posting poems, publicity, discerning reviews, and vital encouragement to publishers. I have nearly finished my next adult collection and after that, will go flat out on finishing my children’s MSS in the hope of getting them published. Thanks again, Di and every good wish for your writing, blog and Buzz Words.Very best, Katherine
    Here’s to poetry!.

    • Wow, you have a collection ready to send out! I wish you all the very best with it, Katherine. If you succeed, share your success with all the ACP viewers; I’m sure they’ll be as excited for you as I will be. Just about to send you the latest copy of Buzz Words!

  5. Thank you, Di, for all you have done to get this site up and running and take the work of Australian children’s poets to a wider audience. I’m looking forward to continuing what you’ve started. Enjoy the extra time you can now devote to your creative writing and to compiling Buzz Words.

  6. Dear Di, thanks for all your hard work on this site. As a new TL I have appreciated the news, links and info, as well as some wonderful poems. I’m planning to start a lunchtime poetry workshop in my library next term. All the best, Penny

  7. Di..so many of us,both writers and readers,owe you so much,not only for your hard work,but also for your determination and vision.Here’s a ginormous hug of thanks.Anne Bell x

  8. Thanks Di for your kind words. It has been a privilege working with you. Glad I was able to assist you in making your vision a reality. You have put Australian poetry and our talented Australian poets on the map. All the best. xHelen

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