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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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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