The Grimstones is a family of gothic puppets I created from upcycled materials and junk. Starting out as a puppet show, The Grimstones toured Australia and internationally for five years before their final show in Nelson, New Zealand, in 2012. Although the marionettes are now enjoying retirement, Martha’s magnificent adventures have been captured in The Grimstones Book Series. Published by Allen and Unwin, the books are richly illustrated and with beautiful photographs of the puppets and their miniature world. The first in the series, Hatched, was commended for the best designed children’s series by APA Book Design Awards 2013 and was also chosen to represent Australian Illustrators at the 2012 Children’s International Book fair in Bologna, Italy. It has been translated into Finnish and Russian.
Listen to Sarah L’Estrange interview me on Radio National (Books and Arts Daily program), discussing all things Grimstones.
The Grimstones Book Series
These gothic fairytales can be ordered from all good bookshops in Australia and New Zealand, or if you’d like a copy signed by my, purchase your books from my online shop.
“If you have ever loved a Tim Burton movie, you will adore this tale of magic, rejection and eventual acceptance of difference.” — Sydney Daily Telegraph
“Hatched is one of the most deliciously dark and touching shows you will see. Five stars!” — Sunday Mail
“A superb fantasy tale, beautifully performed and artfully created.” — Artshub Australia CLICK HERE to read full article
Teaching resources for The Grimstones are packed with pre and post show activities suitable for primary-aged students, for school, library or holiday program environments. Use these resources to inspire children to extend their skills in the learning areas of spoken and written communication as well as in performance and visual arts. There are loads of exciting individual and group activities and all are available for free download here.
- Hatched – The Book Reader’s Notes by Allen & Unwin for 8-12 yrs
- Hatched Teaching Resource for Prep to Year 3
- Hatched Teaching Resources for Years 4-8
- Mortimer Revealed Teaching Resource for Years 3-8
We’ve also included some free projects for young Grimstone fans to download.