Jesse Blackadder

Farewell, Jesse Blackadder

The sun set yesterday on the beautiful life of Jesse Blackadder. Although we’ve had weeks to process this inevitable thing, it still seems impossible to believe Jesse is no longer here. It wasn’t long ago when Jesse, Tristan, Sarah, Sam, Sib and I sat around a...

Isolation Daze

This is a strange time, right? 16 March, my family and I were in Tasmania, staying in a remote little cabin, with no wifi or phone reception. When we emerged from our retreat, en route to a primary school in Queenstown, we discovered that the...

Kids make a book

I have just had the honour of launching two books, both written and illustrated by Grade 3 & 4 kids at Casino Public School. This was an exceptional experience, working with kids over three sessions to create a book, start to finish. The kids were endlessly...

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6 Ways To Get Kids Excited About Creative Writing

A year ago, I visited a Grade 4 classroom to run a writing workshop. I started the workshop by asking the kids who liked writing. It was one of those schools where just about every kid threw up their hand. But there was one boy,...

4 Things To Know About Writing For Children

Everyone has a favourite picture book, right? A book that got into their bones when they were really young, and stayed there. Or maybe it’s a new book you’ve fallen in love with, when reading to your little ones. Falling in love with, or rediscovering...

Book Week Costume Ideas

Ah, Book Week! This is the first year, my kids will have a book parade, and to be honest, I am excited! I took the plunge and made myself a peach crayon costume. My kids are going as Alison Ashley, and Bertie, respectively. Very sweet...

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Mums On Phones

It’s Easter Monday. A public holiday. Our youngest daughter Eve wakes early. ‘Get out of bed!’ she says. ‘It’s Moana day! Remember, no devices!’ The gorgeous girl had crafted herself a raft out of bamboo fence, and a paddle from a piece of bamboo and a...