I’m very honoured to have been asked to speak at Queensland Independent College’s Women’s night to raise funds for this wonderful school. All are welcome to attend this Friday evening and for just $25 enjoy fine food, wine and networking. All details can be found in the flyer and please contact myself or Kate if you’d like to attend.
The Gold Coast Writers’ Festival is just over a week away. I’m looking forward to visiting some keen young writers to run a workshop and panel discussion at Surfers Paradise State School (SPSS) on Friday 26th. On Saturday 27th I’m very excited to announce I’ll have available for purchase my debut adult novel Unloched on its official release date. To top it all off, I can’t wait to be a guest at the Literary Luncheon on the Sunday. Wow, what an awesome literary long weekend it’s going to be. If you’re on the Coast and love books make sure you book in fast and check out some of the many sessions, panel discussions, workshops and talks running through Friday and Saturday – most of which are FREE. If that doesn’t take your fancy, or if you’re craving even more, book yourself a seat at the literary luncheon. Whatever you do, you can be sure it’ll be a literary feast. See Flyer Gold Coast Writers Festival 2012 and FLYER – GCWF for further details and booking info.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.