Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Louisa Leontiades reviews Raf and the Robots!

Last night, after a few scheduling troubles thanks to timezones, Sarah had a lovely long chat with Louisa Leontiades (Postmodern Woman). So many things to talk about - writing, raising children in polyamory and the various challenges associated with explaining relationship styles and consent to kids. Louisa's review is heartwarming and even brought a tear to Sarah's eye upon reading it for the first time. (That could just be the pregnancy hormones mused Louisa -- yes, Sarah is expecting a baby in just a couple of months!)

You can read the review for yourself here: Raf & The Robots by Sarah J. Corner ~ Alternative Literature for Children

Louisa, along with Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert (More Than Two) and Dr. Elisabeth Sheff (The Polyamorists Next Door), is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to publish three new books on polyamory in 2015. Find out more about their project here.


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Friday, 3 October 2014

Launch of 'Raf and the Robots'




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Today I received the loveliest picture with the caption, 
"Hi Sarah, our boy loves your book!!!" 

What an absolute delight! It's so lovely to see little ones enjoying Raf and the Robots. How is your family enjoying the book? Send us a message and/or photo to sarahjcornerbooks@gmail.com

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Review from Polyamory on Purpose

Jessica Burde of Polyamory on Purpose has written a fantastic review of Raf and the Robots. 
Click here to read the review!

Here's a snippet:

"When I first heard about Raf and the Robots I was hopeful but not excited. Writing children’s books isn’t easy (says the author who can’t manage it), and to do it without introducing the adults as fitting some pre-defined category is even more challenging. I was delightfully surprised when I read the review copy I received. Raf and the Robots is a well written and engaging story. Unlike many children’s stories about non-normative families, it doesn’t focus on Raf’s family. The story is about Raf’s need for someone to pay attention to his story, and how he learns that just because someone says “not now,” it doesn’t mean “not ever.” In this, Raf’s experience reflects what Dr. Eli Sheff found when interviewing children of poly families–family is just a part of Raf’s reality, not what his life is about."



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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Raf says hello to Paris!



This lovely bookstore in Paris, 'Le Pied de Biche', has just become the first bookstore in all of Europe to stock Raf and the Robots! 

Thank you Tiffany for making our day and for bringing our book to the children and families of Paris. 

If you are living or visiting in Paris, why not pop in and see the book for yourself? Or maybe even buy a copy for your family, for your nieces, your foster child, your metamour's stepson or your surrogate's children. :)   















Le Pied de Biche
Galerie d'art
86 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris






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Monday, 15 September 2014

Bi Visibility Panel on 3CR

This week Sarah appeared as a guest on 3CR's Out of the Pan with Sally Goldner. The panel discussed bi visibility, parenting and Raf and the Robots. To listen, go to: http://www.3cr.org.au/outofthepan and stream the interview where it says "Latest Episode". After this week the podcast will be available further down on the page under the date of the show: "14th September". Happy listening!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Upcoming Book Launch!



The wait is finally over! Australia's first poly/queer children's book "Raf and the Robots" is being launched at Hares & Hyenas bookshop (Fitzroy, Melbourne) Sunday 28th September from 5.30pm.

Let someone else feed your kids and read to them before bed! Bring them along to our special evening launch (in their pyjamas if you wish!).

- Finger food, free drinks & robot-led* activities (for young and old) from 5.30pm.

- Speeches by the author and special guests from 6.15pm.

- Storytime - a reading of "Raf and the Robots" by author Sarah J Corner at 6.30pm.

- Food, drinks, fun and book signing until closing time.

Can't wait to celebrate with you all!


* Not actually real robots!



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Ordinary Extraordinary writes about us!


A big thanks to Anna and Alan at Ordinary Extraordinary for writing about Raf and the Robots on their blog! 

You can read the article here and don't forget to check out some of their other fantastic poly-themed posts while you're there.




Friday, 29 August 2014

The books have arrived!



(Sarah pictured with Sylvie from BookPOD as the books arrive.)


Hello supporters,

Do you know what's in those boxes? I'll give you one guess...

You guessed it! It's our book! The one we brought to print because you supported our idea.

Now, while I am very much excited to have my hallway filled with boxes of "Raf and the Robots" I'm even more excited to start individually wrapping them and saying goodbye to them. I can't wait for these babies to find their place in your homes and your laps.

If you have any friends who missed out on participating in the campaign but would like a copy of "Raf and the Robots" please direct them to our shop.
Thank you everybody!

Sarah and the Stories for Unique Families crew.



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Monday, 18 August 2014

Pozible Update #15 - It's printed!!

Supporters,

Today is a very exciting day indeed! After a lovely morning at playgroup with my daughter we got a knock at the door and it was the COURIER! I keenly tore open the package and inside were two perfect hardcover copies of 'Raf and the Robots'...





I just couldn't contain my excitement (a bit like our character Raf in the story). Here's a pic of me proudly holding up my story (with Raf on the cover doing the same with his story)...





It really has come up so amazingly well and we are so happy with it. The quality is exactly as we were hoping it would be. The colours in Kia's illustrations are just as rich and bright as the originals. The book has a good, sturdy hard cover and nicely weighted pages that can withstand the test of child fingers. In fact, I personally tested this out with my two and a half year old just now...




Here are a few more snaps of my little darling enjoying the finished book for the first time. To my joy one of the first things she did as she flipped through the pages was point to each of the characters and give them names - each named after the people in her own family. I wonder what names your children will give these characters?

        


       

Just think, in only a couple more weeks the entire shipment will arrive and we can start sending YOUR copies out to you. How exciting! :D

Talk to you then wonderful people...

Love Sarah xo

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Interview on Bent TV

Catch Sarah's interview with Malice Black on Bent TV's Digging Deeper here
Sarah is on at around 18.45mins into the show.

Segment 1: Quedia Host: Steve Pereira
Guest: Dennis Altman
Topic: Academic, writer, and activist Dennis Altman discusses his 1971 study on the Gay Liberation movement entitled "Homosexual Oppression and Liberation", his numerous books since then including his 2013 book which asks the question "The End of The Homosexual?". Dennis speaks candidly about his books, giving insight into their content and relevance today in light of the changes which have taken place since his earlier books were written.

Segment 2: Queer Idea Vox Pops
Guests: Melbourne's Midsumma Carnival 2014 Attendees
The Question: Tell us about the group you are here with today?

Segment 3: Dig Deeper
Host: Malice Black  Guest: Sarah Corner
Topic: Author of a new children's book called "Raf and the Robots", described as Australia's first children's book to address polyamory relationships, Sarah discusses how the book came about, reasons which affected the naming of some of the characters, and what inspired her to write the book.

That's http://youtu.be/5a4-O9HY21g