Meeting the current Australian Children's Laureate sounds quite sobering, but the experience was far from that. Leigh Hobbs is talented, engaging and absolutely hilarious. He shared his career killing experiences as a teacher at Preston High that were the inspirations for characters such as The Freaks in 4F and Horrible Harriet. He is an incredibly talented illustrator, writer, ceramicist and artist. And a creator of magical stories and eccentric characters. Leigh Hobbs has brought us stories of messy Old Tom and freakishly endearing Mr Chicken whom Hobbs referred to as a "sweetie". Perseverance and passion were Hobbs tips for us today at the SCBWI November catch up. And a lick of talent clearly!