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...

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,...

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Running Writing

My seven-year-old is obsessed with practicing her running writing. She shows us her loopy letters, so proud. ‘Wow,’ says my husband, Gregor. ‘I am so impressed. There’s no way I can run and write at the same time.’ It’s a favourite Dad Joke in our house. Gregor’s a...

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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...

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Never ever give up

I went to a children's book conference last week, CYA in Brisbane. FYI I completely recommend attending conferences like CYA, KidLitVic or SCBWI if you are an aspiring writer, or an emerging writer. You spend a day hanging out with people in your field. Making...

Creating Unique and Memorable Characters

I have just finished reading the fifth Kate DiCamillo book I have on my shelf. Each one of her books is more satisfying than the last. Kate weaves such original, compelling stories. But I have been thinking to myself, why do I love these books so...