Howdy All!

It’s been a wonderful few months of writing, editing, speaking, and meeting fantastic people. Here are a few highlights in pictures.

Belinda Murrell and I worked with Year 9 students at Shore as they embarked on a creative writing assessment. I must say, I was initially a little daunted by the challenge, but it turned out being one of the best experiences I’ve had in a school. Belinda and I planned a range of activities to get the students thinking about their creative writing mechanics, and watching them apply taught skills to their ideas was super rewarding. It was also valuable picking Belinda’s brains about what she does in schools.

I was lucky enough to speak at two night events – Lights OFF, Torches ON at Crown Street Public School, and again at International Grammar School. It was lovely to see the students (and teachers!) dressed in their PJ’s, reading by torchlight. Other speakers were Jacqueline Harvey, Debra Tidball, Yves Stening, Lisa Nicol, Kate and Joel Temple (pictured below) and Mick Elliott (pictured below).

I spent a day in Melbourne at Penguin Random House headquarters. I was treated to a delicious morning tea of one of my favourite foods – donuts! It was wonderful to meet the Melbourne team. I also spoke at the Roadshow Event, where upcoming releases were introduced to Melbourne-based booksellers.

Felice Arena, Adrian Beck and I presented at schools in Sydney. I’ll never get tired of watching other authors in action, particularly when they have such great energy like Felice and Adrian.

As well as writing books, Adrian produces Kids’ WB (Channel 9GO). Felice interviewed me at my old teaching school, Tara Anglican School for Girls, and the episode will air in Book Week (August 2018). This was especially sentimental as Felice’s presentation at the 2014 Sydney Writers’ Festival inspired me to pursue a writing career.

Last, but certainly not least, the cover for the third book in the Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables series has been unveiled! I’m not sure about you, but I LOVE it! It’s another masterpiece by James Hart.

I have some other exciting news that I’m not able to share yet … but I’ll let you know as soon as I can!