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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Portable Magic – Michael Pryor

August 10, 2020

Michael Pryor is one of Australia’s most loved authors. His highly acclaimed fantasy and science fiction novels include The Extraordinaries series and Gap Year In Ghost Town. As well as his many novels, Michael also writes short stories. In fact over 50 of his short stories have been published in Australia and overseas. The dapper...

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Portable Magic with Children’s Author, Dee White

August 3, 2020

What a heartbreaking time, especially for Victorians. More than ever we need time out from the craziness. Thank goodness for books. From picture books to door-stopper literary tomes, (Yes I loved The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel) books bring such comfort. There’s only one thing better than books, and that is talking about...

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Portable Magic – George Ivanoff

July 27, 2020

Welcome to a new week. What strange and unsettling times we live in. I hope you are staying well and looking after yourself and each other. Time for a little respite from all that is happening. Grab a coffee and join me for the latest Portable Magic. This week I interview energetic and enthusiastic children’s...

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Portable Magic – Jude Rossell

July 20, 2020

Tortoises, German turrets, scientists and dinosaurs. The latest Portable Magic has all that and more. My guest today is Jude Rossell. Jude writes and illustrates children’s books and so far has written 15 and illustrated 80. Her books include the fabulous and highly decorated Stella Montgomery series and brand new picture book, Pink, written by...

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