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A YABBA-DABBA shortlisting!
Ella and Olivia, Uncategorized, Writing
A YABBA-DABBA shortlisting!
May 1, 2016 0
I’m super thrilled and very proud to announce that ELLA AND OLIVIA: SPORTS CARNIVAL has been shortlisted for the 2016 Yabba Award, by the children of Victoria. I’m in totally amazing company – Michael Gerard Bauer, Emily Rodda (EMILY RODDA!), Anh Do, Aaron Blabey and Nick Bland. Cannot believe it. This story is genuinely one […]
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Netball Fever!
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Netball Fever!
February 7, 2016 0
There is nothing that gives me more joy than receiving finished copies of my books. I’m particularly excited about my new book out this week – Ella and Olivia: NETBALL FEVER! This is one of my favourite topics (I’m a sports nut) and I was a mad netballer in my youth. It’s dedicated to my […]
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Brave new work year, brave new work space
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Brave new work year, brave new work space
January 9, 2016 0
Happy New Year one and all! I hope that you’re off to a great start with whatever you’re reading and writing (I just finished ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah, given to me by a dear friend. Have a newfound interest in the French Resistance.). I also watched ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ for the umpteenth time while […]
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a Christmas reading (wish)list
Ella and Olivia, Uncategorized
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a Christmas reading (wish)list
December 15, 2015 0
There are just SO many books I need to read! Hopefully I’ll be slothing it out on the beach, slumped on the lounge with the cricket (or sailing) on the box, with possibly someone on hand to keep me fed and watered in the holiday period ahead. Hot on the heels of the announcement of […]
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Living with your characters
Ella and Olivia, Uncategorized, Writing
Living with your characters
November 21, 2015 0
I’ve been writing the series Ella and Olivia for a while now – for over three years. It’s been a fantastic experience – and even though I’ve written longer novels, the challenge of storytelling in five short chapters of five hundred words per chapter is something I’ve really learned from. As an English teacher, I am […]
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Your creative mojo – recommended writing guides
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Your creative mojo – recommended writing guides
October 14, 2015 0
I’ve been reading BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR by Elizabeth Gilbert (also a fantastic podcast!). If you’ve ever wanted to write, or be creative – this is THE guide for you. I’ve found it great inspiration for reflecting on projects that I’m mid-stream with, and books that I have for the future. There is a […]
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A moveable feast…of readers
events, Festivals, Writing
A moveable feast…of readers
September 13, 2015 0
Since I landed back from San Francisco, I’ve hit the ground running. Work has been keeping me busy – my day job sees me in unis and schools talking to students about the teaching profession, all over the place. But the best part of being back has been meeting so many terrific readers at various […]
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On leaving your heart in San Francisco
san francisco, Writing
On leaving your heart in San Francisco
August 26, 2015 0
10 days in San Francisco is good for the soul. I had forgotten how wonderful travel is; and travelling solo has its many virtues. A wonderful literary city, I experienced it all – from staying in a Victorian apartment in Nob Hill with cable cars rumbling up the hill outside my window; to waking to […]
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Counter culture
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Counter culture
August 14, 2015 0
Guys, I had a great day on National Bookshop Day! Many thanks to the fabulous team at Better Read than Dead, especially Amelia, in Newtown for talking me through the till, to those customers who were so patient with me, and to my friends and family (and editors!) that came along to support a great […]
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Love your bookshop!
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Love your bookshop!
August 5, 2015 0
Bookshops have always been the love of my life. For as long as I can recall, I’ve spent hours upon hours in bookshops across my home suburbs and far-flung cities across the globe. My sister and I have compiled lists of faves over the years – from Daunts in London, to Strand Book Store in […]
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