Publishing opportunity for young writers

One of the most common questions I get on school visits is: 'How can I get my story published?' There are a few options, and I will explore these in another blog post. But my daughter and I had a thought that we could make our own...

tiggy costume book week

How to be Tiggy for Book Week

As many of you know, it's Book Week next week in Australia. This year's theme is Find Your Treasure. Exciting times ahead! Is your school doing Book Week? Are they doing a book parade? I love seeing the photos of kids' and teachers' costumes each year.  My friend...

Errol! Picture book with Philip Bunting

ERROL! hits the shelves

Well, it's finally here! ERROL! by yours truly and amazing Philip Bunting is on the shelves. ERROL! is the story of a cheeky penguin who has an unusual response when his mother starts counting to three, and saying it's time to go. This story is about resistance,...

Joining Australian Writers’ Centre

Hi guys! I am excited to let you know I am joining the Australian Writers' Centre crew to run Writing Picture Books, a two-day course in Brisbane.  This course is packed with inspiration and information about how to write your own picture book, and break into...

Creative Bookmaking Tent at Newcastle Writers Festival

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_gallery interval="3" images="23328,23329,23331,23332,23333,23334,23335" img_size="400x400"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row] It's been a busy time! Last Friday, I flew down south for Newcastle Writers Festival.  I had the pleasure of attending this lovely festival with one of my best friends on Saturday. Laughed at Kitty...

Grafton Yamba StoryBoard Tour

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_gallery interval="3" images="23318,23319,23320,23321,23322,23323" img_size="400x400"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/4"][/vc_column][/vc_row] The StoryBoard crew have just returned after an epic school tour of Grafton and Yamba.  Authors Jesse Blackadder, Samatha Turnbull and myself ran story writing workshops with nearly 400 kids in two days. On Wednesday,...

Ballina Young Writers Masterclass

Young Writers’ Ballina Masterclass Launch Books

[embed]https://youtu.be/-JJPjiFWM9A[/embed] For the last term, I've been lucky enough to work with ten talented young writers and illustrators from the Northern NSW community.  Kids aged 10-16 gathered fortnightly at Ballina Library, for free StoryBoard sessions, provided by Byron Writers Festival. The goal was for each person to...

podcasts for children's authors

6 Podcasts For Children’s Authors

I'm a runner. Not one of those hardcore type runners, who race and all that. I am someone who puddles along country lanes, oxygynating myself. And to be honest, one of the main reasons I run is so I have an excuse to listen to...

Great Girl Characters For International Women’s Day

I was reading Archie and the Bear to kids at the Byron Writers' Festival last year, when a mother asked: "Why have you chosen to write a male protagonist? You are a female. You should write from a girl's perspective.” Other than spluttering on about the...