January 4, 2017

 “Zoom- what was that?”

“That, mate, was your 2016!”

I love all things Monty Python – the skits, movies and books, as well as Python crew’s individual projects. Maybe I love them a little too much. Their words and images pop into my head all the time.

This quote from Fawlty Towers’ hilarious Basil summarises my year. Just replace life with 2016.

Unlike Basil, who clearly views his lot as bleak, my author, reading and writing year has been inspiring and rewarding.

Author Highlights

My young adult novel, Freedom Ride was shortlisted for many awards, including;

  • 2016 CBCA Book of The Year, Older Readers
  • Western Australian and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
  • NSW History Awards
  • And made the international White Raven list.

Black Dog Books released my first non fiction project, Protests In Australia.

I finished drafts of two more non fiction books which I’m very excited about, and started work on another two.

I completed writing and editing a new picture book, Three Emus, illustrated by Patricia Hopgood-Wade. Three Emus hits the bookstores in January 2017.

My talented writing friends’ successes and achievements, including new books, awards, public recognition, and even Myer Christmas Windows have inspired and delighted me. It’s so rewarding to see hard work, passion and commitment rewarded.

Young Adult Novel Highlights

Best of all, I read many brilliant Australian and international young adult novels written. Sometimes the idea or characters captured me, other times the sheer beauty of the writing blew me away. In these favourites, it was all three that left me in awe.

  • The Way We Roll – Scot Gardner
  • Words In Deep Blue – Cath Crowley
  • Stars At Oktober Bend – Glenda Millard
  • A Single Stone – Meg McKinlay

And now to 2017 – new projects, books to read, speakers to listen to, workshops to lead and attend and schools to visit. So far, the first week of January, has been a planning time – I’ve been jotting, doodling and list-making in my planners using my coloured pens. (Yes, I have a stationery addiction.) Now it’s time to knuckle down and put those plans into action.

I’m am excited about 2017.

Bring it on!