Stray Pages

peopleslibrary2Victoria was deeply moved to see her first book published after 30 years of supporting children to see their ideas, images and words in print. Stray pages was published as part of The People’s Library by A Published Event. It was a deeply personal (and cathartic attempt to continue a conversation with Scarlet through her diary up until her death and Victoria’s kept since. With support from Simon and Georgia and a few of Scarlet’s friends, this book has given Scarlet another small voice in the world.

Victoria is interested in getting together with others curious how writing about through grief and loss can help make some sense of the great cycle of life.


Artelier presenting at ITAC4 in New York – Simon and Victoria and Leigh and Kirsty

ITAC4aSimon and Victoria presented at the Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They delivered a joint hands-on session  with Simon running the ‘self assembly’ public participatory workshop while  Victoria showed how to document such programs through simple book making techniques.

Kirsty Grierson and Leigh Tesch presented their work in the Small Stories Project at an International Teaching Artists Conference (ITAC4).  Small Stories promotes oral storytelling and creative play through performance and workshops for babies and children under 5yrs and their parents/carers. In the workshop, delegates created their own stories that reflected their own practice and engagement with communities.   It was inspiring and valuable to meet with other artists from around the world committed to creating quality early learning theatre and story experiences to encourage growth, development and relationship building in the early years of

Making Readers – how to create and publish books with kids – 3 workshops for adults


publishingworkshopAn introduction to making books and child-led publishing with Victoria Ryle, founder of Kids’ Own Publishing – held in the beautiful surrounds of All That We Are at 1450 overlooking Pipeclay Lagoon, near Clifton Beach.

A relaxed, hands-on 3-part workshop series for artists, writers, educators and parents to explore simple approaches to creating and publishing books with, by and for children & young people*.

  1. Saturday 17 February 10am – 2pm: Congrats, you’ve published your own book!
    An introduction to the philosophy that underpins this practice
    An opportunity to create and publish your own 8- page epic book
  2. Saturday 24 February 10am – 2pm: Creative kids in control
    Exploring creative starting points and introducing the WePublish app for iPad
  3. Saturday 3 March 10am – 2pm: Community Collaborations
    How to facilitate projects in communities and collect and manage content
*Note: This approach works equally well with adult community members, but the focus in these sessions will be on working with children.

Participants need preferably to attend the 1st session before attending sessions 2 or 3.

Simple home-made bread and salad lunch provided – contributions welcome!


$180 for all 3 workshops ($120 concession)

$130 for 2 workshops ($90 concession)

$70 for 1 workshop ($50 concession)

There is a maximum of 12 places for these workshops. To book please send us your details and nominate which sessions you wish to attend.





all that we are workshop series: Publishing books with children


SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 10.00am-3.00pm

An introductory workshop on the magic of publishing books WITH children

Join Victoria Ryle, founder of Kids’ Own Publishing for a relaxed, hands-on introductory workshop in the beautiful surrounds of All That We Are at 1450 overlooking Pipeclay Lagoon, near Clifton Beach.

An opportunity to introduce parents, teachers, artists and anyone interested in giving children a voice in their world to some simple publishing magic. We will explore ways of making art work, sharing stories and creating simple texts in the form of published books or zines.

The workshop will include an introduction to  WePublish app for iPad. Available here 

We’ll discuss ways of using these ideas in the home, school and other community contexts, giving you practical ideas to support children’s creative expression, literacy, emotional well-being and personal & cultural identity at any age and stage.

Victoria Ryle co-founded Kids’ Own Publishing in Ireland in 1997  has over thirty years’ experience of publishing books for children BY children.

$50 Individual / $30 Concession – Including morning tea/coffee & cake on arrival and a simple vegetarian lunch using local produce.

This session is for adults – it is proposed to run a follow-up session to explore running workshops with children.


Children’s voices: Are we listening? at The Ark in Dublin

KOirelandevent8 Nov – 9 Nov 2017 – The Ark, Dublin

Simon and Victoria founded Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in 1997 in Dublin. After growing the not-for-profit for six years on the west coast of Ireland, Orla Kenny took charge of the company and has continued with the mission, with her team of staff and artists, for the past 14 years.

Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership will host a 2-day sectoral event at The Ark as part of its 20-year anniversary celebrations, in partnership with Dublin Book Festival. Simon and Victoria will be speaking and running a workshop at the event that will explore the value of publishing with children, and interrogate how we can support children to be seen and heard within our literature, culture and society.

With the ambitious vision of current policy to reach all children through cultural tuition by 2022, Kids’ Own seeks to ask how we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right.

Wed 8 November: Round table discussion (10.30am – 4pm)

Chair: Martin Drury

  • How do we make space for quality and depth of engagement to support children as cultural makers and creators in their own right?
  • How do we recognise and give value to authentic arts practice with children and young people, alongside professional artists?
  • How do we give visibility and credence to the work of children and amplify children’s voices within mainstream culture and literature?


Thu 9 November: A day of practical exploration and creativity

Two practical workshops, exploring print making, digital media, book-making and folding techniques, are open to artists and writers who are interested in exploring meaningful processes of engagement with children and young people.

Workshop times:

  • 11am – 1pm: Workshop with Simon Spain – making figures – all that we are



  • 2pm – 4pm: Workshop with Alain Regnier (Belgium)



Making books in Cygnet


Introducing simple publishing techniques and the Kids’ Own Book cubby at St James’ Catholic College in Cygnet  in preparation for a presentation at the ALEA National conference in July. Victoria has been working with the teachers to see how children making and publishing their own books in the classroom helps build a community of readers.

Business Planning for WePublish

wepublish1Judith and Dan came to 1450 to undertake an intensive two day strategic planning retreat for WePublish – the new initiative facilitating online book publishing for children, being developed by Victoria. 1450 is a perfect space for creative thinking away from the demands of the everyday providing a peaceful environment enriched by high quality food, fresh air and amazing views across the water.

The Grand Imaginarium


Victoria designed and led the The Grand Imaginarium, ‘Your Secret Garden’, presented by Kids’ Own Publishing and The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. Children let their imaginations run wild as the Convent stunning gardens were brought to life with award-winning children’s authors and leading artists. Children worked with artists, illustrators and writers – including Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs (‘Mr. Chicken goes to Paris’) – to write and publish their very own book, feeding their creativity and capturing their day at the Convent.

Children took a copy of their own book home and also contributed to a special compilation of stories which will be placed around the Convent, creating a story trail for other children to enjoy when they next visit.

The Grand Imaginarium is proudly supported by The Ian Potter Foundation, CAL Cultural Fund and the City of Yarra.

Artists signing prints for Scarlet’s Fund


The artists have gathered to sign the first sets of linocuts we have produced to raise money for Scarlet’s Fund. Twenty artists has given their creativity and time to support the publication of twenty different editions of linocuts. This weekend many of the artists put pencil to paper to sign and number the prints which will be distributed to existing buyers and made available online for sale in the next week. Pictured are Celia Moriarty, Bill Hay and Georgia Spain.