Betty Beath and David Cox live in Brisbane, the capital city of the state of Queensland, Australia. Betty is a well-recognised composer, whose instrumental, vocal and orchestral works have been performed in many countries of the world and are published by Wirripang, Australia and The Australian Music Centre. David is a book illustrator and writer. He is best known for his children’s books. Together, Betty and David have written art songs, children’s opera and a travel book, Spice and Magic. In 1975, they were awarded a travel grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, which enabled them to travel extensively in Indonesia, and resulted in Betty’s musical works with an Indonesian influence, David’s children’s books, set in Indonesia, as well as a children’s opera set in Bali.



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