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Speakers’ Ink

I’m very excited to announce I have signed up with Speakers’ Ink for booking speaking engagements at schools, festivals etc, and many thanks to the lovely and knowledgeable Helen Bain for having me on board.

You can read more about my author talks and workshops via my page on the site.

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CBCA Book Week 2012 – ‘Champions Read’

What an amazing week it’s been celebrating CBCA Book Week 2012. I had great fun sharing the story of my own champion, Hubert, with this year’s theme being ‘Champions Read.’ Early in the week I was lucky enough to visit the Smarter Kids pre-school children at Carrara and it was really wonderful hearing the kids talk about what they would be able to do if they had their own pair of magic glasses.

Talking about magic with QIC Prep class
















Later in the week I was fortunate enough to be joined by another children’s author, Dimity Powell, as we celebrated books and reading at Queensland Independent College in Merrimac. The students were very enthusiastic and it was especially enjoyable to see what ideas they came up with as they brainstormed their own story ideas.

Talking about books and writing with the QIC Grade 1 & 2 classes














Book Week has culminated with the Queensland Independent College’s Book Week parade and there were some awesome costumes and great ideas as the students all represented their favourite book characters.

All that’s left now is Reading Hour on Saturday and I’ll be looking forward to sitting down with my children between the hours of 6pm and 7pm to read and share books together.

Talking about ideas with Grades 3-7 at QIC
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Visit to Helensvale State Primary School for Education Week

With this week being Education Week in Queensland, what better way to celebrate it than a visit to a local primary school? It was an absolute pleasure reading and talking about ‘Stinky Ferret & the JJs’ to the Grade 3 & 4 students at Helensvale State Primary School. As always, I loved the opportunity to meet the kids and talk about smelly ferrets as well as the concept of story. Great as well, to answer some great questions about books and writing and hear that so many students enjoy writing and telling stories – hey, don’t we all? Some had even gone that step further and were working on a comic, with roles figured out about who would illustrate and who would write the story – love your work! 


It was also great fun to have the chance to combine efforts with my lovely author friends Renee Taprell and Dimity Powell. Renee put on a really fun, interactive puppetry show complete with me getting to dress up as a wibbly wobbly monster. Dimity engaged the kids with some wonderful storytelling as well, and I for one can’t wait until her book comes out just in time for Christmas.  Helensvale Primary School Principal Coralee Pratt, Aboriginal Elder in Residence Graham Dillon and MP for Coomera Michael Crandon also joined in the storytelling and from my corner of the hall it sounded like it was joyfully received with lots of laughter and clapping from the students.


Huge thanks to Helensvale State Primary School and Renee Taprell for inviting me along, and Dimity Powell for forming part of our group. Biggest thanks of all though goes to the Grade 3 & 4 students who made it such an enjoyable morning!


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Mornington Peninsula Festival of Arts and Ideas

Here’s a quick pic from my session on ‘Getting Published’ held at the Hastings Library last week as part of the Mornington Peninsula Festival of Arts and Ideas. It was a special thrill to have the opportunity to speak at the library I’ve been going to for many years. It was also both strange and wonderful to be speaking from the very place I have spent many hours in. It was here I took my two gorgeous daughters to for weekly Storytime sessions with the wonderful and engaging librarian Gail. So, a quick plug for her – if you live in the area and are thinking of getting your kids down to storytime, I’d highly recommend Hastings Library.

'Candice Lemon-Scott provides advice to a captivated audience, on getting published' - Mornington Peninsula Festival of Arts and Ideas'



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Queensland Writers’ Week

It’s Queensland Writers’ Week, so I hope all you fellow Queenslanders are taking the opportunity to find a few quiet moments to write, reflect or re-edit your next work.

At Oxenford Writers’ Group we are also taking the chance to celebrate, and I will be hosting a specially themed discussion on ‘the writers’ voice.’ What a strange expression? Writer? Voice? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Well, no, I don’t believe it is, and I’ll be explaining why and giving a few tips on finding it.

Same bat time, same bat location. If you need these details, or more, scroll down on the Queensland Writers’ Week site or drop by my News and Events page.

In the meantime I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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15/15 Film Festival

What is the 15/15 Film Festival?

It’s a chance for filmmakers to create a short film, enter it in the competition and have it aired on the big screen. The name gives it all away – make a film up to 15 minutes in length over a 15 hour period.

What’s so great about it?

  • Anyone can enter.
  • There’s no cost for entry.
  • All films are screened.
  • It’s a worldwide event.

What do you have to do for it?

  • Look out for the filming date on the website.
  • Register as a filmmaker.
  • Fill out the forms giving your details and those of your cast and crew.
  • On the morning of the filming day receive your email that will give you the object and quote that MUST be included in the film (to prove you made it on the day and not beforehand)
  • Submit your film that night.
  • Wait to see when and where your film will be screened.

Why do it?

  • It makes you actually get off your bum and have a go on a set date.
  • You learn something new about filmmaking every time you do it.
  • There are workshops to get you started.
  • It’s the cheapest and easiest way to see your film get a public screening.
  • It’s fun.

Films from Frankston-based filmmakers and award winners will be screened at Frankston ACMI Cinemas. Interested? See 15.15 Festival 2010 more details.

NB. The film put together by myself, Tiffany Miller-Scott and Kyah Scott-O’Halloran this year is titled, ‘Random Beauty.’

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20% off ‘Writing Books For Children’ short course

The short course coordinator at Holmesglen, Moorabbin campus, just advised me that there is a whopping 20% off all short courses for Term 2, 2010 only.

So if you’re interested in attending my ‘Writing Books for Children’ course (or any others run from the Tafe) get in quick for next term.

Just to recap, I’ll be running a six week ‘Writing Books for Children’ course at Holmesglen Tafe, Moorabbin campus, or alternatively the course will be run at both Moorabbin and Chadstone campuses over two Saturdays.

More info and bookings here.

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Welcome to my blog site. I hope to update it regularly so keep your eye out for my latest escapades. The next couple of weeks are set to be quite exciting. A creative writing workshop this week with children’s and young adult authors David Metzenthen, Margo Lanagan and Michael Hyde. It’s all part of the Melbourne’s Writer’s Festival, so I’m very much looking forward to it. The week after that will be a visit to Kunyung Primary School to talk with the senior students about writing and how my first children’s book ‘Stinky Ferret & the JJ’s’ came about. So I can’t wait for that either. That’s about it for now! Be back soon.