Australian Picture Books and Inspirational Editors

March 6, 2017

I’m excited to welcome a new picture book into the world. Australian picture book, The Three Emus hit the book stores in February. Yes, I know it’s March! Life has been a little crazy-busy, so I’m behind. Don’t judge! At least this year I’m on a roll with blogging. Let’s hope I maintain the momentum....


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Australian Children’s Literature Festival

February 21, 2017

It’s no secret – I love Australian children’s literature. From picture books to Australian young adult novels and everything in between, I’m passionate about reading, writing and the industry. I also love people and places that value Australian literature and strive to foster a love for reading and books in our young people. There’s a...


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Australian Picture Book Celebration at Words and Windows

January 30, 2017

A week ago Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, launched a beautiful exhibition, Words and Windows. This exhibition at the Eltham Library, celebrates Australian children’s author Corinne Fenton’s exquisite picture books. Corinne’s award winning books have been published nationally and internationally and have inspired the last two years Myer Christmas Windows. The exhibition features original artwork,...


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A Young Adult Author’s Writing and Reading Life

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...


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Shortlists In Sydney

May 31, 2016

It’s taken me a while to sit down and write this blog, but then given my blogging history, there’s no surprise there! It’s been a big couple of weeks in my author world. I spent a week in Sydney, where I attended the NSW Premier’s Literary Award ceremony at the NSW State Library and the...


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Protest In Australia – inspirational people

April 5, 2016

This week Black Dog Books released my first non-fiction book, Our Stories – Protest in Australia – What Do We Want?  It’s latest book in the award-winning Our Stories series for middle readers (Yr 5 – Yr 8). Protest in Australia – What Do We Want? In many ways the writing process for a non-fiction...


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Not really a book review…

March 21, 2016

Technically, this is the second blog for the month, which is supposed to be a recap of the books I’ve reviews on Bay 93.9’s Catch Up. I have a brief review of two wonderful young adult novels I read this week, I promise, but first I wanted to talk school visits. One of my favourite...


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Protest In Australia

March 7, 2016

This time next month, my first non-fiction book for middle readers, Protest In Australia will be available in bookstores and online. Protest In Australia is the next book in the award winning Blackdog Books’ Our Stories series. The book explores how protests, strikes and rebellions like the Rum Rebellion, Shearers Strike, 1965 Freedom Ride and...


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February Book Reviews

February 22, 2016

As Bay 93.9’s The Catch Up only returned from summer holidays a few weeks ago, February 12 to be exact, I’ve reviewed just two books this month – The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood and Louis de Berniers’ The Dust That Falls From Dreams. Talk about two very different books and writing styles!...


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Australian Children’s Laureate

February 8, 2016

This morning I opened the newspaper to an article that made my heart whoop with joy. The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance has announced the 2016/2017 Australian Children’s Laureate is the very talented, funny and delightful Leigh Hobbs. Leigh has written and illustrated over twenty books which make kids laugh out loud, think and stay with...


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