Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Leigh Hardingham!
It’s a real honour to welcome singer-songwriter and children’s author to the blog – Leigh Hardingham! Leigh’s new release, Three Dancing Frogs, is a joyful celebration of the Australian bush, stunningly illustrated by the talented Patrick Shirvington. Let’s learn a little more about this lyrical dance of words and pictures…
Thanks for joining us, Leigh! 🙂
About the Author
Leigh is a singer-songwriter with Melbourne based band Royston Vasie with a passion for the environment and the natural world. After 15 years navigating the world of Music, both in Australia and overseas, he has merged his passions through writing children’s stories that evoke the magic of creativity and connection to the Australian Bush. Residing on the NSW Central Coast with his partner and two children, Leigh finds his new audience broadens his path towards lyrical and poetic expression. Leigh has teamed up with Australian artist/ illustrator Patrick Shirvington, collaborating on projects that intertwine the Bush, the Arts and Education.
You can find Leigh Hardingham on Instagram
WHAT is it called and what is it about?
The book is called Three Dancing Frogs and it‘s about a concert that takes place in the Australian bush. Three dancing frogs spin and twirl across the frog pond stage while the musicians and audience enjoy a wonderful evening of dancing and music in the middle of the bush.
WHEN is its release / launch date?
1st of October 2020
WHERE did the inspiration for this book come from?
Illustrator, Patrick Shirvington sent me 3 paintings/illustrations of animals in the Australian bush. The first painting of 3 frogs amongst the reeds of a pond resonated with me. I knew there was a story in there somewhere. The idea for the story didn’t come to me straight away so I asked my 3 year old daughter what she thought of the painting. She said she could see “Frogs dancing”. I immediately began to write the story based around these 3 frogs performing a concert for all the bush animals.
WHY is this book meaningful to you and why would its message resonate with readers?
This book is meaningful to me because it highlights the importance of the natural world and how it can inspire creativity and expression. The Australian bush is such a unique place with some of the most interesting animals and plants in the world. Living in Australia today, it is important to recognise the beauty of the bush and its connection to the arts and self-expression.
HOW have you promoted this book and how can we find it?
Through the New Frontier Website and social media.
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