Portable Magic – Alison Evans

October 19, 2020

Alison Evans is one very busy person. As well as writing queer young adult books Ida, Highway Bodies and Euphoria Kids, they are a contributor to Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYa Stories, and co-editor of the ezine, Concrete Queers. Alison spoke to me about spec fiction, persistence and tattoos from her  Wurundjeri (Melbourne) home. They are...


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Portable Magic – Sherryl Clark

October 13, 2020

Sherryl Clark not only writes books for children and adults, she is also an editor, a creative writing teacher and a doctor. Sherry’s not a medical doctor, but she has a doctorate in creative writing, which makes her Dr Clark. Sherryl is a prolific and versatile writer. She writes books for children and adults, poetry...


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Portable Magic – Hazel Edwards

October 5, 2020

Hazel Edwards, OAM, is one of Australia’s most well-known and loved authors and has published more than 200 books. As well as writing successful and popular books, Hazel is dedicated to teaching and mentoring up-and-coming authors. Her much-loved books include the classic There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, which has just celebrated its...


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Portable Magic – Lian Tanner

September 27, 2020

What do dynamite, diving, busking, being arrested and detective chickens have in common? They all play a part in this week’s Portable Magic. Australian author Lian Tanner writes picture books, novels and fantasy books for children, including The Keepers Trilogy and latest release, A Clue for Clara. Lian’s first picture book Ella and the Ocean,...


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Portable Magic – Deborah Abela

September 21, 2020

This week in Portable Magic, I interview author Deborah Abela. Deb writes junior fiction books, including the Max Remy series and The Spectacular Spelling Bee, and picture books. Her latest picture book is Bear in Space, illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. As well as being a busy writer, Deb is also a passionate supporter of authors and...


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Portable Magic – Davina Bell

September 14, 2020

Tractors, talking whales, umbrellas and pandemics.  We cover all these and so much more in this Portable Magic conversation with Davina Bell. A former editor and now full-time writer, Davina is best known for her beautiful picture books and has just released her first young adult novel, The End of the World is Bigger than...


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Portable Magic – Jane Godwin

September 6, 2020

Author, editor, mentor and former publisher, Jane Godwin is one of Australia’s most loved and respected writers. Jane writes picture books and middle grade fiction. Her books have been published overseas and have won many awards, including the Queensland Premier’s Award (Children’s Books), the Aurealis Award and the Animal Welfare Award. Jane worked for many...


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Portable Magic – Jessica Sanders

August 30, 2020

Author and social worker, Jessica Sanders is passionate about creating resources that foster and nurture positive mental health in children. Jess’ first book Love Your Body, illustrated by Carol Rossetti, is aimed at young girls. The book , which began as a Kickstarter, is now published in 29 countries, in several languages. Love Your Body...


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Portable Magic – Sue Whiting

August 23, 2020

Before COVID-19 changed our lives, this week would have been CBCA Book Week 2020 – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. In the past when Monday of Book Week rolls around, my car is packed, my iPad filled with PowerPoints and my school-visit-bag loaded with throat lozenges to help my voice last the week. But this year,...


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Portable Magic – Mark Smith

August 17, 2020

Young adult author, Mark Smith, writes cracking dystopian novels set around the beautiful wVictoria’s Great Ocean Road, where he lives. A former teacher, Mark is passionate about writing and sharing his skill with young writers. His trilogy, The Road to Winter, Wilder Country and Land of Fences is a fast-paced read loved by readers and...


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