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#whereIwrite
May 31, 2015 at 2:19 am 0
Writing is about being a voyeur, an eavesdropper, an observer of life and people. My voyeuristic tendencies rise to the max when it comes to other writers. How do they write? Where do they write? What do their offices look like? Do they clear a space on the dining room table, swiping away the day's detritus and sit down at the laptop keyboard? I do my best writing on the lounge, at library desks, in my home office, in bed and at my writer's residence (everyone should be so lucky). In other words, I write wherever and whenever I can. If you can't, you need to rethink how important it is to get your work done. When I'm stuck on a plot point or losing my writing mojo, I often look to other writers for inspiration. While it's a great distraction when you're running from the hard work of a manuscript, ultimately it's a real insight into how other writers live, work and combine their inner writing life with the outer life in the real world which governs us all. I'm going to be involved in a campaign called #whereIwrite, through the fab new app, periscope and in conjunction with my publisher, Hachette Australia. Many authors including one of my faves, Ian Rankin, have already videocast short films of where they write. I'll be filing a report from where I write, live on Monday June 8! So get your voyeurism on, jump online and watch!

My Sunday morning office (NB - not even styled!)

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Festivals, Frankie Fox, Writing
The things we do for (book) love
May 24, 2015 at 11:33 am 0

This year is passing by in a blur of book events, book releases, library functions and writers' residency shindigs. Writing is such a solitary pursuit - and everyone who knows me knows I love a yarn face-to-face as well as on paper - that it's often hard to picture such things as book launches and reading actually happening and the light being there at the end of the tunnel. For three years I have juggled writing with full-time work, mostly as a busy high school teacher. The motivating factor for every writer is getting your story down, getting it told in the best way possible (great editors are crucial) and getting it out there. So the fruits of the labour in these last few months have really been the culmination of many nights at home, a super amount of focus, and time spent hunched over a desk.

Getting out and about, promoting Frankie Fox, has been brilliant. Meeting readers, and talking to young people about what they love to read is a great privilege - and is inspiring, heartbreaking and just plain hilarious. This week I had a lovely event (in my PJs!) at Crown St Public School for their Lights On, Torches Off Readathon campaign, and today I was down at the Wharf as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival. For many years I attended the SWF in many guises - through my work in book publishing, as a total fangirl, and also to support other friends in their writing endeavours. The thing that I am really coming to realise though is that it is such a lovely industry - full of terrific publishers such as Lothian Books at Hachette Australia (publishers of Frankie Fox), wonderful colleagues at other publishing houses, and fellow children's authors who continue to support each other in the nicest way possible. To my beautiful friends and fans: love you lots.To my fellow writers: see you in the green room! To the red-tshirt brigade of volunteers at the Sydney Writers' Fest: you are AMAZING!In the Enid Blyton Storytime Clubhouse at the Sydney Writers' Festival 

Next time I'm arriving by water taxi

With the gorgeous Cheryl Orsini (l) and lovely Ashleigh (m) - publicist extraordinaire!

Caught reading in my PJs at Crown St PS!

Kids reading by torchlight - much to the joy of optometrists everywhere

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On the road for the national Campaign for Copyright!
May 17, 2015 at 6:01 am 0
Last week I had the honour and pleasure of talking to creative artists in Hobart about the need for artists to have their copyright protected, respected and remunerated. It was brilliant to meet writers and other artists from Tassie. My thanks to the Copyright Agency for all that they are doing to support artists in their endeavours and to ensure that fair payments are received where their works are studied or reproduced. You can find out more about the national campaign for copyright here. In the words of John Birmingham, it's a 'codification of respect' - I love this sentiment. Also, teachers should check out the fab repository of materials on Reading Australia. Here you can find a huge range of resources that can be used in the classroom. Hobart was once again wonderful - I have done so much travelling this year, but Hobart is just one of my favourite places. I finally got to the Cascades Female Prison - a place close to my heart after having done so much research on girls' industrial schools for my novel Escape from Cockatoo Island. I also sailed the Derwent on the Lady Nelson replica tall ship (highly recommended), ate my way through Salamanca Markets and caught up with plenty of friends. I managed to stop in at one of my fave bookshops, The Hobart Book Shop and also Spacebar Gallery for lots of gorgeous gifts. My favourite hobby in Hobart though seems to be meandering through Battery Point and imagining which residence I would most like to claim as my own.
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Book me in at the Somerset Celebration of Literature on the Gold Coast next week!
March 11, 2015 at 9:42 am 0
I'll be appearing at the Somerset Celebration of Literature at Somerset College on the Gold Coast next week from March 18-20 and I'd love to meet you! I'm going to be discussing all things writing, Frankie Fox and in general just ruminating on my luuuurve for books and reading (I'm not an English teacher for nothing). There's a fantastic lineup of writers too, including A.L. Tait, author of the wonderful Mapmaker Chronicles. Don't be shy, come and say hi - and tell me why you love reading so much. Download the funkiest-looking program in the world here. See you there, Queensland readers! I'll be appearing at the following sessions:
  • Session 133 - Wednesday 18 March at 11.15am
  • Session 214 - Thursday 19 March at 9.15am
  • Session 244 - Thursday 19 at 12.45pm
  • Friday 333 - Friday 20 at 11.15am
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Writing
#Radelaide
March 10, 2015 at 10:15 am 0
Well, I just missed Adelaide Writers' Week by thiiiiiiis much, but I was rapt to finally be in Radelaide (a phrase I've so desperately wanted to use over the years) for the Fringe Festival and Womadelaide, the world music festival. It was a whirlwind trip but the vibes were great - discovering the Garden of Unearthly Delights, watching some quality comedy and then a day spent at Womadelaide seeing some of my fave musicians. Oh, and did I mention that I spent time with one of my best friends? I'm feeling energised and creative, and Adelaide has inspired me all over again! I'll be back soon, Adelaide.
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Book launches and butterflies
February 22, 2015 at 4:48 am 0
I've been to dozens of book launches, so why do I now find myself with butterflies? Because my own book launch is on this Wednesday at the Stanton Library! Frankie Fox, my new hero, is just my favourite person in the world. I want to talk about her, and I want to meet readers and students and chat about our favourite books, our beloved characters, and why reading offers such a great escape. The fact that my launch is at the Stanton Library in North Sydney is even more brilliant - it is like a second home to me. I spent much of my childhood hanging around it, waiting for my brother to finish cricket practice across the road at North Sydney Oval. A few years ago, a friend and I did a boxing class religiously outside it at an ungodly hour of a Monday (Monday!!) morning, shadow-boxing in its shadows. But most importantly, in high school, one of my favourite English teachers (thank you Mrs Dunn) sent off a short story I'd written to the Stanton Library Young Writers Competition (as it was then known). To my excitement and surprise, my story was highly commended - which was enough to start me on the road to believing in myself as a writer, and enough to cement my plan to work with stories and words when I grew up. This year I'm the writer in residence at North Sydney - a dream come true. I have a writing studio where I'm hard at work on new stories, and sharing ideas with other writer friends. All it takes is one small spark to set your creative fires alight - believe in yourself and you can do almost anything. I would love to see you at the Stanton this week on Wednesday 25th February at 4pm! Come along and learn about the world of Frankie's spycraft - crack some codes and other tips and tricks of the trade. See you there...and come and say hello!  
Frankie Fox - Girl Spy by Yvette Poshoglian

Frankie Fox - Girl Spy by Yvette Poshoglian

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Spy heroes and special powers
February 16, 2015 at 9:54 am 0
I grew up in a house full of spy novels. My father, absolutely mad for le Carre and Len Deighton, read his way right through the Cold War and out of it, following his beloved spies. I've loved many a spy over the years (on screen and on the page). There is no doubt that Frankie Fox's genesis lies in all the books and movies I've consumed. Spies have superpowers us mere mortals can only dream about - imagine having to slip in and out of an identity, gather information on the sly, and just be an international person of mystery (all things I would be terrible at). Here's a list of some of my favourite spy stories from over the years: 1. Spooks. Say no more. 2. Mark Burnell's spy novels featuring the inimitable Petra Reuter - the toughest spy around 3. Aliasmy allegiances changed a thousand times 4. La Femme Nikitaa TV series with so many twists and turns it's impossible to keep up 5. The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum 6. Little Nikita, starring River Phoenix 7. James Bond films - the Daniel Craig era 8. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh There are so many more to read and explore: next up is the TV series The Americans. Do you have any spy stories to recommend? spooks-series-10
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Writing routines and finished products
February 14, 2015 at 7:33 am 0
Mostly, the life of an author is this: drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour, hit the gym (if you want to hope to counteract all the time spent draped over a keyboard), go to work, see friends and do normal things in the evening - and somewhere - just somewhere - along the way - squeeze in time to write. Sometimes I write in the morning, sometimes in the evening into the wee hours. When a story takes hold, it can take over and then I just listen to the inner voice. Which is why seeing the finished fruit of your labours is so gosh-darn exciting. I've been popping into bookshops whenever I can - between seeing friends and family, work and other wonders - and it's been a delight to see Frankie Fox's first adventure READY, SET, SPY in-store everywhere I go, tended to lovingly by that amazing breed of people - booksellers. Do you have a writing routine? I'd love to hear! Have you seen Frankie Fox on bookshelves? Let me know!IMG_0868 IMG_0858 IMG_0857 IMG_0855
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