Yarns from Yandilla offers an organic visual/verbal experience embedded in the fundaments of Australian culture.

Karen Knight-Mudie's characters are both enticing and engaging as they face life's challenges with both its dangers and delights. While her educational hat is worn alongside her narrative one, her underpinning concerns for children's linguistic and visuacy development never overwhelm the sense of play and adventure she engenders in her readers, young and old.

Professor Diana F Davis.
Adjunct Research Fellow,
ANU Centre for European Studies,
Research School of Social Sciences,
The Australian National University.



Yarns from Yandilla creatively captures aspects of the Australian identity, of understanding what it means to be Australian.

This work could help young people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, to enjoy and develop a responsibility for the diverse Australian culture and landscape.

Most youth-focused visual media shown on Australian television does not have an Australian focus. Yarns from Yandilla, (in print, video or film) could offer a real alternative with embedded Australian values that promote a collegial, positive and rewarding experience. The work offers hope for the next generation with ideals that are not trashy, aggressive or competitive but rather promote a new sense of belonging and responsibility for shaping both the Australian environment and culture.

Yarns from Yandilla offers an imaginative insight into Australian folklore. It reinforces courage and a willingness to help, to be engaged, belong and to contribute to something worthwhile.
The yarns are beguiling, enchanting and seductive and are very appropriate to addressing and healing some of the dichotomies and contradictions in Australian life today.

Helen Yeates,
Adjunct Associate Professor,
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Media, Entertainment, Creative Arts, Film & Screen,
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.