May 18, 2017

The words 'Writers Block' might usually strike fear in the heart of the serious writer. Not so on the Gold Coast where Writers Block has an entirely different meaning. Writers across the city (Australia's 6th largest) hurriedly set aside a day in their diary and p...

April 30, 2017

There is something very special about being invited to an inaugural writers festival. What makes it even more magical is that said festival is in the beautiful regional town of Boonah surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Scenic Rim, southeast Queensland.

I...

March 9, 2017

Think you've read a lot of books? Think you'd be good at a kids' book trivia night? Think again! These kids know books. However, the author team of myself, Brian Falkner, Candice Lemon-Scott and Aleesah Darlison, managed to keep our heads afloat – just!

The fa...

February 17, 2017

Meeting readers is always a lot of fun, but have you ever tried speed dating them? Around Valentine's each year, Booklinks Qld hosts a night of fun and frivolity, where authors, illustrators, librarians, readers and other children's book lovers get together for a fast...

January 19, 2017

'In a world where animals speak, pirates are real and characters never age, a new adventure hides in your imagination. This highly interactive, let's pretend workshop engages participants as they collectively create their own fractured fairytale.'

The participants and I...

October 1, 2016

I dressed up as a princess to take part in the Brisbane Illustrators' Group event – Fun Palace – at the State Library of Queensland today. We had partly completed illustrations for the little illustrators who joined us to finish. Their imaginations took off with dragon...

September 7, 2016

Loved every minute of hanging out with my writing buddies in Sydney for a weekend of fun at the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators International Conference. On the Saturday I had paid for three face-to-face editor appointments to receive feedback on my w...