Delightful books I’ve come across lately

I read a lot! And many of them have to go back to the library before I think to photograph them. But here are four absolutely delightful books I’ve come across recently. Suitable for middle grade, young adults and definitely adults! ...

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OMG. Please meet Errol.

Hello. Well, this is a tad exciting! Last week, I got to meet Errol and his mum, created by Philip Bunting (think MoPoke, only one of my favourite picture books of all time!) And you get to meet him too! Please inhale Errol, and all his adorableness....

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What I Learnt From Lee Child

The other night, children’s author Tristan Bancks interviewed Andy Martin about his new book Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me. Andy documented Lee Child from 1st September, and the blank page, to the final word in Child’s Jack Reacher novel,...

The Writing Rehearsal

The other day, I spoke to a whole bunch of Grade 7/8. It was a big ask, keeping 13 and 14 year old’s amused for a full hour. Just before the talk, I had the random insight to show a video of David Mackintosh rehearsing...

On Being Adventurous

One of my earliest memories is waking at sunrise, and taking Sammy, our black Belgian shepherd, for a meander. The sun glowed behind us and through my thin cotton nighty, as I walked down our long gravel driveway, towards the highway. I’m not sure exactly what...

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A million ways to write a novel

There’s a hashtag happening online this month, #writeabookwithal. Australian children’s author and all round excellent person, Allison Tait is helping people meet their writing goals and push through the pain barrier to push out a novel (or part of) in a month. Last month, I sort...