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21st May 2011 at Cooroy Library
Cooroy is a small country town which is very big on the arts!  Saturday 21st May was the Cooroy Fusion Festival of Arts and Crafts.  To celebrate the 1st brithday of their fabulous library, they invited a number of authors to share the day - including yours truly.
12th May 2011 starting at 9.30am
A 'Biggest Morning Tea' was celebrated at Eumundi on 12th May 2011 and Betty Johnston was the guest speaker for the 80-90 guests.
Volume 17 Number 7
The Australian 'Embroidery and Cross Stitch' Magazine features an article on Mrs Echidna's Dilemma, and also carries my blackwork Possum pattern.  Check it out at your nearest newsagent!
Available NOW!

Due to popular demand, I've designed another set of finger puppets - 'Macca's Farm' - with all the farm animals, and some people too.  PLUS there is a bonus hand puppet hen included.

Book Review
'Inspirations' Magazine, an Australian embroidery magazine with a global following, features a review of 'Mrs Echidna's Dilemma' in their March 2011 edition. 
I visited my grandson's Grade 4 class recently, as they were studying a unit on Australian animals. They were just enthralled as we talked about the life cycle of the echidna, and other Australian fauna.
7th February 2011
Mrs Echidna began the new year with a visit to Strathpine Library, where about 16 children enjoyed the interactive story telling, and participated in making their own hand puppet of an echidna.
featuring 'Mrs Echidna'
The January 2011 issue of Australian Homespun Magazine[#12-1] has one of my echidna embroideries featured! 

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Thank you Betty.  All the Prep children and teachers loved your visit and your story.  Thank you for the love and passion you have!
Prep YLC
What a dilemma Mrs. Echidna did have and I congratulate most sincerely in the way you have portrayed this through your craft and journalistic skills...I am a "crafty" person with many patchwork quilts under my belt...and gave your book... to our grand children in US.
Dianne Chapman
"Cedarvale" Q
I would like to thank Betty for presenting at our Book Week Family Night. The school community enjoyed hearing about the process an author goes through to produce and have a book published. Students are still asking for and enjoying Mrs Echidna's Dilemma.
We love 'Mrs Echidna's Dilemma'.  Your art is amazing!  We had a very good time and we hope you did too.  Thankyou for the puppets and for coming.
Amy and Takoda
Year 3 Students
Betty has presented literacy workshops to Under-Graduate and Graduate students in Early and Primary Years at the University of the Sunshine Coast...  She is a very talented and passionate educator, and I recommend her highly to school principals, parent's groups, and anyone interested in furthering the power of language, literacy and literature in classrooms.
Carol Smith
Lecturer, USC
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