About the Author

Joan grew up in the country town of Benalla in Victoria, Australia. One of nine children, as a child she longed for alone time to indulge in her writing and drawing. She moved to the big smoke, Melbourne, when she was sixteen and began her working life as a graphic designer/draftsperson.

She has lived throughout Australia and spent time living and working in Papua New Guinea. The last 25 years she has been living and working in the beautiful remote town of Weipa in Far North, Queensland.

Joan began writing and sketching in her early teens. In the beginning her poetry was similar to a diary, it was her way of recording events, feelings and actions. This way she was able to analyse the subject, as it had been written down and therefore was out in the open and had a face.

Joan’s recent works the Grow With Joe Children’s Books series are inspired by her daughter’s life on an outback cattle station in Far North Queensland, Australia.

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Serenity Book Cover - By JP Stratton

SERENITY – A Book Of Poetry And Painting

A book of poetry & paintings by JP Stratton.

This book of poetry/prose touches on many of life’s subjects; family, children, love and the world around us.

Far North Queensland, Australia was the inspiration for the paintings contained within this book. They were created using a variety of mediums, including acrylics, oils, spray paints, pastel and charcoal.

Contents; 36 poems and 25 paintings

Minnamoolka Station Book Series

Book 1
Say G’day

Let’s have a look around the homestead at Minnamoolka
Cattle Station.

Say G’day to those we meet along the way.

This book comes with bonus colouring in pages at the end of the story!

Book 1 Say G'Day
Book 2 Meet the Animals

Book 2
Meet The Animals

Joe lives with his family on the remote Minnamoolka Cattle Station.

He introduces you to the animals at the Station and helps you get to know them better.

Book 3
Count With Kai

Kai lives at Minnamoolka Station.

Today he has to look around the homestead and count the animals he sees.

He wants you to help him.

With help from Kai, you will learn to count from 1 to 12.

Book 3 Count with Kia
Book 4 Kai's Animal Alphabet

Book 4
Kai’s Animal Alphabet

Kai lives at Minnamoolka Station.

Today as he looks around the homstead he is going to see if he can find an Australian animal or insect beginning with each letter of the alphabet.

He wants you to help him.

With help from Kai, you will learn the alphabet from A to Z.