Five fab things to do on Oahu

I feel like I’m betraying Australia by even thinking about a beach holiday in the US. But Hawaii – with its iconic beaches, volcanoes and distinctive place in history, is extremely enticing. And after just four and a bit days on the main island of Oahu – I see why everyone raves about the place.Continue reading “Five fab things to do on Oahu”

Happy 2016!

You know you’re on holidays when you relish the chance to get out of bed at daybreak. With the Noosa River calling, and a paddleboard with my name on it, who has got time to sleep. Sting rays are flitting across the river bed, pelicans are sailing past, early-rising fishermen head for the bar, andContinue reading “Happy 2016!”

Books for Christmas

Queues, dodgy carols, aching legs, confusion over what size feet my nephew has. Not for me, this Christmas. This year I’m avoiding the festive-season shopping chaos and buying everyone a book and a pig (or maybe an orangutan). Here’s what my Christmas list looks like. (Look away now if you’re hoping for a present fromContinue reading “Books for Christmas”

Rich and Rare launch night

How many writers and illustrators can you pack into the offices of an independent Melbourne Publishing house? Ford Street was going for the record on Friday night with the launch of Rich & Rare – the latest anthology for teens, edited by Paul Collins. Ford Street was packed with hugely talented and wonderfully witty AustralianContinue reading “Rich and Rare launch night”

Straddie’s whale highway

They call the waters off North Stradbroke Island the ‘Humpback Highway’, which sounds a lot like a marketing gimmick until you go there. I’m spending a week at Point Lookout over the September school holidays, keeping an eye on teens (it’s also pre-schoolies’ season) as well as doing a bit of writing, and I quicklyContinue reading “Straddie’s whale highway”

A beauty – Rich and Rare

Get ready for a collection of original works from almost 50 fab Australian authors and illustrators. Rich and Rare, Ford Street Publishing’s latest anthology for teens hits bookshops next month – promising something for everyone. Paul Collins has put together an amazing line-up for this hefty volume and I’m very excited to be part ofContinue reading “A beauty – Rich and Rare”

Book Week stories

A massive round of applause to all of the school librarians who made Book Week rock. Far from being the buttoned-up noise-Nazis that we’ve come to expect, the librarians I’ve encountered love to see kids excited about reading, and they’ll happily put on a costume, throw a parade and lure authors away from their desks toContinue reading “Book Week stories”

More Books From Our Backyard

Congratulations to all of the Queensland authors who had books in the latest Books From Our Backyard catalogue. The guide, put together by the Queensland Writers Centre, is a reminder that our sunny state is not just about fab weather and beautiful beaches, we’ve also got some amazing authors. The catalogue lists the books publishedContinue reading “More Books From Our Backyard”

Driving from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Mereenie Loop

I’ve had requests for tips on great driving holidays with kids. Here’s one of the best – a trip we did a few years ago from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Mereenie Loop. The unsealed section of the road is currently being upgraded.  Nothing takes me back to my childhood like a driving holiday.Continue reading “Driving from Alice Springs to Uluru via the Mereenie Loop”

Choose Your Own Ever After wins design award

A big congratulations to the super-talented people at Studio Spartels and Hardie Grant Egmont publishers. The Choose Your Own Ever After series has just won the ABDA‘s award for Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series! I’m excited to see that the judges love the front covers of How to get to Rio, The Call of the Wild (my two booksContinue reading “Choose Your Own Ever After wins design award”