Portable Magic – Jasmine Seymour.

July 6, 2020

Jasmine Seymour’s Baby Business is an evocative and moving picture book about a First Nations People’s baby smoking ceremony. Released by Magabala books it is a rich, beautiful book that took my breath away. I was thrilled when I learned Jasmine was going to illustrate Family, the second book in the Our Place series written...


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Portable Magic – Claire Saxby

June 29, 2020

In Portable Magic this week I speak to award-winning author Claire Saxby. Claire is renowned for her picture books, non fiction and poetry for children and is passionate about books and writing. Claire talks about her latest release and first middle grade novel Haywire, the challenges she faced writing it, her passion for books and...


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Portable Magic – Michael Earp

June 22, 2020

This week I talk to the delightful Michael Earp. Michael was a sales rep with Walker Books Australia when we first met and was finishing his Masters in Writing and Children’s Literature. He was also working towards becoming a published author. Michael is currently the manager at Melbourne’s The Little Bookroom and continues to write....


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Portable Magic – Corinne Fenton

June 15, 2020

In this week’s Portable Magic, I interview award-winning picture book author, Corinne Fenton about her beautiful work, extensive research process and her relationship with her books’ illustrators. Corinne also shares her vital ingredient to creating a successful picture book. Corinne is renowned for her heart-warming picture books, including My Friend Tertius, Queenie, One Elephant’s Story...


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Portable Magic – Michael Wagner

June 8, 2020

In this week’s edition of Portable Magic, I talk to junior fiction and picture book author, Michael Wagner about his books, cracking the picture book code, self-publishing and even a little bit of footy. Thank you Michael for your time and for sharing your experience and wisdom so freely. Just a reminder, if you don’t...


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Portable Magic – Talking About Books

June 5, 2020

The response to the first Portable Magic interview with Kaye Baillie has been so encouraging. Thank you to everyone who has watched our chat. I’ve now finished recording the first ten interviews, and must thank the fabulous creators including for giving up their time to talk about their work. No spoilers – you’ll just have...


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Portable Magic – author Sue Lawson talks to book creators

June 1, 2020

I held my breath during the first few weeks of COVID-19 isolation, because life as I knew it had changed. While it was a chaotic, frustrating and heartbreaking time for all of us, we’ve begun to adapt. Thanks to determined, forward thinkers businesses, industries and people have come up with new ways of doing things....


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Interviewing Australian author and legend Tom Keneally

May 7, 2020

When Caz from Geelong Regional Library Events asked me to interview award-winning Australian author Tom Keneally about his latest novel, The Dickens Boy, I jumped at the chance. Then panicked. Just a little bit. Not only because Tom Keneally is an Australian icon and such a clever man, but because the interview would be conducted via...


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Australian Picture Book – Respect.

April 28, 2020

The picture book launch you have in isolation… May is release month for Respect, Magabala Books‘¬† first picture book in the ‘Our Place’ series. Aunty Fay, Lisa and I are delighted with our book and are proud to have it published by the amazing Magabala Books crew. We had hoped to have a celebration launch,...


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