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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Dungatar, Dunnage and Dresses

January 25, 2016

Dressmaking essentials… Technically, my second blog of the month is to be a summary of the books I review on Bay 93.9’s Friday edition of The Catch Up. But seeing as The Catch Up doesn’t return until February, I figured it would be okay to change my intention and combine a book, film and exhibition...

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2016 – Writing Resolutions and Intentions

January 11, 2016

I love this time of the year. January feels like a chance to reflect, renew and restore, as well as a time to soak up long, lazy, warm days. It’s also the time I hit the reset button on my writing life. Though I’m not a big fan of new year resolutions, I do set...

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School Visits Book Week 2015

September 16, 2015

Book Week 2015 is done and dusted, and boy what a busy week it has been. For children and young adult authors, Book Week could be more accurately named, Book Term. It’s a crazy, busy time but so rewarding. This year I visited schools across Melbourne, talking to secondary and primary school students about writing,...

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Young Adult Ebooks

November 24, 2014

Okay, so I’m slow at changing my ways. Sure I’ve read ebooks, but I have to admit I prefer ‘real’ books. There is something wonderful about holding a book, turning the pages and feeling the cover beneath my fingertips. But, it’s happening – I’m starting to embrace the technology. I’m warming to ebooks, particularly when...

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The End of The Fellowship

November 7, 2014

Young adult author’s visit comes to a close. No, it’s not a Lord of the Rings post, though as I typed the title, I did think of Froddo, Sam, Aragon and the gang. Today is my last day in Adelaide as a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellow. Before I arrived I was excited and...

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May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship Adelaide

November 3, 2014

I’m about to start my final week in ‘The Burrow’ as part of the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship. Over the last three weeks, I’ve spend time at Scotch College working with the most enthusiastic students and teachers,  met so many wonderful writers and librarians, ambled through galleries, museums and libraries, and believe it...

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Book and Literacy Weeks, 2014

September 2, 2014

One of my favourite, but busiest times of the year is August. Generally I don’t do much writing, as I’m busy visiting schools and talking to young people about reading, writing and how publishing works. This year I travelled from Warrnambool to Geelong,  Fawkner to Mount Eliza, Geelong to Essendon. As always, I love the...

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The Writer’s Blog Tour

July 30, 2014

New Young Adult Book The incredibly talented author and my friend, CaroleWilkinson, has tagged me for  “The Writer’s Blog Tour”.  The topic is what am I writing, so here goes. What book am I working on? Working has been a strong word for it. I’ve been ‘working’ on my next YA novel for about 9...

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