Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish

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Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish won the WA Premier's Award for Children's Books in 2000.

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Busselton Jetty, Western Australia - the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, stretching almost out to sea. Walked this jetty many times :) Places Around The World, Oh The Places You'll Go, Great Places, Places To Travel, Beautiful Places, Places To Visit, Around The Worlds, Travel Destinations, Tasmania

Australia in a motorhome | Angelic-Messages-For-You & Photography by Julia K Harwood

travel around Australia with us in our motor home Rosie, see the wonders of Australia, Enjoy the fun of travelling, get a feel for life on the road.

Six generations of the Ashton family have performed in Australian circuses.

Six generations of the Ashton family have performed in Australian circuses.

Cover image of 'Circus: The Australian Story', by Mark St Leon Jugglers, lion-tamers, bearded ladies and freak shows - the world of the travelling

Historic Australian circus photos by Mark St Leon. An excellent book about the history of the circus in Australia. I read many of Mark St Leon's books while researching the history of Australian circuses for my novel. The St Leon's were a famous Australian family of circus performers.

I interviewed Doug and Phyllis Ashton several times while researching and writing Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish. Warm, generous and great storytellers, many of their anecdotes about their lives as circus performers worked their way into my novel. Doug told me many stories about riding the Ashton family circus, Mother, when he was a boy. His stories of Mother helped me create the elephant character of Kali in the novel. Circus Performers, Circus Circus, Childrens Books, Storytelling, Novels, Elephant, Magic, Fish, Warm

I interviewed Doug and Phyllis Ashton several times while researching and writing Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish. Warm, generous and great storytellers, many of their anecdotes about their lives as circus performers worked their way into my novel. Doug told me many stories about riding the Ashton family circus, Mother, when he was a boy. His stories of Mother helped me create the elephant character of Kali in the novel.

Cover of Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish - edition Circus Art, Childrens Books, Neon Signs, Magic, Fish, Cover, Children Books, Kid Books, Blankets

Cover of Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish - 2nd edition 2006.

Australia has a long circus tradition. From circus was one of Australia's favourite forms of entertainment. Because of the great distances between towns, travelling circuses were one of the few forms of entertainment that reached every Australian. Horse Posters, Circus Circus, Big Top, Google Images, Travelling, Carnival, Folk, Elephant, Entertainment

Australia has a long circus tradition. From 1848, circus was one of Australia's favourite forms of entertainment. Because of the great distances between towns, travelling circuses were one of the few forms of entertainment that reached every Australian.

Gus's journey across South Australia and Western Australia - map by Elwyn Murray, fish motif by Geoff Kelly. Australia Map, Western Australia, Childrens Books, Journey, Magic, Fish, Art, Children Books, Craft Art

Gus's journey across South Australia and Western Australia - map by Elwyn Murray, fish motif by Geoff Kelly.

Original cover for the 1999 edition of Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish, designed by Sandra Nobes. Cover art by Geoff Kelly. Cover Art, Childrens Books, Magic, Fish, The Originals, Movie Posters, Children Books, Kid Books, Film Poster

Original cover for the 1999 edition of Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish, designed by Sandra Nobes. Cover art by Geoff Kelly.