Driving from Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track

Who needs the Amalfi Coast when you’ve got North Queensland? The turquoise Coral Sea,  the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest,  waterfalls, pristine beaches, islands, historic towns as well as the occasional crocodile make exploring this part of the state an unforgettable experience. We spent two weeks driving from Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track, returning along theContinue reading “Driving from Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track”

Into the wild – rediscovering Borneo

Twenty five years ago I made my first trip to Borneo – a rugged island in South East Asia, famous for its rainforests and wildlife. My last visit started my fascination with orangutans and inspired The Call of the Wild (Choose Your Own Ever After) about a school girl who has to make a choiceContinue reading “Into the wild – rediscovering Borneo”

Books, mountains and Archie

We don’t bother too much with winter in Queensland, but this year it feels like we’ve overlooked it entirely. A couple of chilly mornings and that was it, which might explain why my photo gallery is looking so much more impressive than my word count. It’s been too glorious to be indoors at my desk.Continue reading “Books, mountains and Archie”

What’s your story?

I hope you’ve had a great Easter break. I’ve been in Noosa – paddling, swimming, catching up with friends and doing some writing (I promise). I’ve had some questions about my books over the holidays, so I thought it was a good chance to wrap up the story so far … A QUICK SUMMARY I have written eleven books forContinue reading “What’s your story?”

WA visit: May 15-19

Hello WA! I will be winging my way to your side of the country soon – visiting schools in the Perth area from May 15-19, 2017. If you would like me to spend the day at your school – talking about story ideas, characters, the Choose Your Own Ever After series, Hazard River, orang-utans andContinue reading “WA visit: May 15-19”

Old haunts

Happy New Year! Sorry I’m a bit slow off the mark. I’ve been travelling on the cold side of the world – reconnecting with friends, catching up with family, revisiting some familiar places and gathering ideas for my next project. I lived in England for 11 years, but there’s something very special about returning after a longContinue reading “Old haunts”

Cape to Cape

Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get to this side of the country!

Archibald stories

It takes me thousands and thousands of words to flesh out a character, but how clever are the artists who can capture someone without needing to use any words at all. I was blown away (again) by the finalists in the Archibald Prize for portrait painting at the Art Gallery of NSW. So many great stories here, but hereContinue reading “Archibald stories”