Lots of good thing happening!

I have a HUGE week coming up, beginning with Lunch with the Stars at the beautiful old St Patricks seminary in Manly tomorrow, with lots of children’s authors and a host of excited students and their teachers. On Wednesday I’ll be talking to Brookvale Primary students about Ghost Boy and the Quarantine Station. It’s always…

Wonderful new review of Janna Mysteries

On Drive Time ABC Radio Canberra today (Monday) Laurine Croasdale reviewed my medieval crime series, The Janna Mysteries, in particular the last two in the series: Sage for Sanctuary and Thyme for Trust. http://blogs.abc.net.au/canberra/2012/08/kids-books-with-laurine-croasdale.html?site=canberra&program=canberra_drive. It was a beautiful review of a series that is still so close to my heart, and I am thrilled! It’s…

Morning tea with the stars!

And what a star-studded event it was, with the zany Oliver Phommenvanh as host along with the wonderful library staff who contributed so much to the success of the event. Antonette had the audience playing dress ups and adding appropriate sounds to her Demi Chat mystery; Mark Thommason illustrated perspective with pieces of string (now…

Morning Tea with the Stars!

Tuesday 10th July at 10 a.m. at Warringah Mall Library on the Northern Beaches, Sydney – please drop in to the library for morning tea with Oliver Phommavanh, Toni Brisland, Mark Thommason and me, talking about our books and answering questions about reading, researching and writing! I’ll be talking about Ghost Boy, Wally the Water…

In Praise of Teachers

In Praise of Teachers: One of the regrets of my life is my lack of appreciation of the teachers who (as it turned out) have moulded my journey through life. By the time I came to an awareness of their influence, it was too late to repay that debt of gratitude. And so I dedicate…

Beautiful new graphics!

Love the new graphics on my blog site! Thank you Jason (and cube web solutions!) A great get together of children’s authors this week over dinner at a local Thai restaurant, but with the sad task of saying farewell to the very gifted and innovative Karen Robertson (of Treasure Kai fame), who is going back…

The importance of books and reading

Great to read Tony Abbott’s spirited endorsement of books and reading in his article ‘Books shape ideals, dreams’ in today’s (Wed) Australian, page 12.  It’s encouraging to know that the Leader of the Opposition believes that ‘the book symbolises our aspirations to learn, to teach and to understand. I salute the book, without which a…

My Life as a Time Traveller

This article has now been published in Write4Children, the journal of the University of Winchester, see link: www.write4children.org and click on Vol 3 Issue 2. I spent some time in Winchester while researching and writing The Janna Mysteries, and I loved my visits there, walking in Janna’s footsteps. In those times (1140s) the royal treasury…