Online Literature Festival

I’m excited to be part of this year’s Queensland Online Literature Festival (22 Aug-9 Sep).  The festival is an amazing opportunity for school kids from all over Queensland to hear from some of Australia’s best authors. Thirty writers are involved this year and you can connect with them whether you’re in Boulia, Biloela or Brisbane (or anywhere […]

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Central Queensland Literary Festival

I’m all talked out after a week with a brilliant bunch writers and illustrators at the Central Queensland Literary Festival – sharing stories with clever students and aspiring novelists by day, by night debating lofty ideas like: Can the Broncos beat the Eels? (It turns out they certainly can!) Rockhampton put on perfect winter weather for the creative […]

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Getting creative on the Scenic Rim

I’ve read the research: hanging out in nature reduces stress levels, enhances creativity,  improves intelligence and even makes you a nicer person. So after three days of stomping through muddy gullies, tramping up mountain tracks and following black cockatoos on Queensland’s spectacular Scenic Rim, my latest story should basically write itself. As for the impact of all of that delicious […]

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How to get to Rick

Ta da! Copies of Como ficar com Rick – the Brazilian version of How to get to Rio have just arrived and don’t they look delicious. The book is part of the Choose Your Own Ever After series which lets you decide how the story goes. In Como ficar com Rick  Kitty Maclean has to choose between […]

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Voices (and amazing sunsets) on the Coast

Thirty writers, illustrators and performers, 75 schools, 4000 students, teachers, volunteers, storms, howling winds, misplaced authors, missing cars, laughs, tears and an unforgettable sunset – that was this week’s Voices on the Coast. And I loved being part of it. It was so much fun sharing stories with students and hanging out with a heap of […]

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Books for Easter, too

A big thank you to my friend and fellow writer, Sherryl Caulfield for a wonderful Easter gift – a copy of her new novel, Come Full Circle. The story is the third in the Iceberg Trilogy and promises a raw conclusion to the series, as a woman goes on a journey discover the missing pieces […]

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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, and […]

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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 from […]

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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 Australian […]

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