About Me

I’m Sheila Hollingworth, a writer and cartoonist who lives in Daylesford, Australia. I have been creating cartoons for probably 20+ years, initially just for family and friends. In recent years I have been a bit more serious about trying to get my work out there in the ‘real world’ and have had more than 500 cartoons published in a range of newspapers, magazines, special interest newsletters and  greeting cards.

In 2003 I produced a collection of the first 80 of my pet hates cartoons in a limited edition book titled (funnily enough) ‘Pet Hates’ . It was launched as part of my first cartoon exhibition, which was part of the second Words in Winter Festival in Daylesford.

I’m a self-confessed technological Luddite who needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the ever-changing world of cyber space. But I do have a website (www.cartoonsbysheila.com), which has examples of some of my other work, and more information about me (in case you’re interested).

And now I have my blog, which I initially set up as a self-imposed challenge to make sure I had 365 pet hates cartoons by the end of 2010. Not only did I succeed in my initial goal, but I maintained the pace through the first half of 2011 before taking a break.  Who knows – one day I might achieve the oft-touted goal of ‘1001 things that annoy us’.

Not all of the topics in my pet hates (or pet peeves) series are things I personally hate, although many of them are. Rather, I hope they reflect the many little things that can get under our collective skins. But in case you’re interested in what I do personally hate, here are my top three – I hate cooking, shopping and politics!

But I love making people laugh and I hope I manage to do that for you!


24 Responses to About Me

  1. Bruce says:

    Well done on getting the site up and running, Sheila. It looks great.

  2. Ali says:

    Your cartoons definitely made me laugh!

  3. Anne Gleeson says:

    Cute Sheila; some relly good ones. Guess what? I am moving to Daylesford on the 1st March 🙂

  4. Charles D'Anastasi says:

    Sheila,these cartoons are witty and smile-producing.

  5. Victoria says:

    Congratulations Sheila. I look forward to my daily chuckle.

  6. Rod Horsfield says:

    Hi Sheila

    Look forward to getting a daily laugh fix. I thought I had subscribed earlier but perhaps I hit the wrong button. One of my pet hates is that there is nothing you can do to argue with your computer.

    Good luck with entering cyberspace.


  7. Jan says:

    Does this mean I too have entered the blogosphere? Came upon you by chance and am enchanted, although I now realise I purchased your Pretentious Art card a while ago but did not know its provenance. Our funny bones connect.

  8. vshout says:

    Sheila, I went through your site tonight. You never seem to run out of funny ideas.

  9. myworldbyme says:

    Lmao. Funny blog that is definately dedicated to pet peeves.

  10. Georgie says:

    Hi Sheila.
    I love your cartoons. Do you mind if I use some of them on my facebook page? I will reference your name. I am a pronunciation teacher and my students would love your cartoons!

  11. grace says:

    Hi Sheila, I’m planning to use one of your pet peeve slides about powerpoint in a powerpoint! I’ll put in an attribution to you + a link to your blog in the notes section. 🙂 Is that ok with you?

  12. Joanne says:

    Hi Shelia, I would like to use your cartoon with the spider web and copyright in a powerpoint presentation about the importance of obtaining an appropriate licence prior to using material and was just wondering if I could do so with your cartoon. I would be grateful if you could let me know how I would go about doing that!

  13. Joanne says:

    Shelia, I was wondering whether it would be possible to use your cartoon in a presentation on copyright and obtaining appropriate permission? It is a great cartoon! I would be grateful if you could let me know. Kind regards, Joanne

    • Hi Joanne,

      Sorry I haven’t been checking my blog for a while – thanks for checking with me and yes, I am happy for people to use my work as long as they indicate where the cartoon was from.

      I presume you did whatever you thought was right – given my silence!

      Apologies again!

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