If a Book Were a Song #2 DRAGONFLY SONG by Wendy Orr (Allen & Unwin 2016) Luckless Aissa grows up in ancient Crete facing a constant barrage of difficulty. Outcast and mute, her expressions and emotions come out in surprising ways – often with startling consequences. As...

The release of Exploding Endings: Screenshots & Laughing Gas is just around the corner, which means it’s book trailer time. And to celebrate the trailer, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to Evan Bonser – my video partner in crime – and...

Earlier this month I had the great privilege of presenting at the Newington College Literature Festival. Almost 30 authors, poets, journalists and illustrators from all over Australia gathered at the college to speak to students from Newington and other local schools. I had lots of fun discussing creative influence...

This year more than 17,000 children across New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory nominated their favourite books to create the REAL (Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature) Awards shortlists. I am absolutely delighted that Exploding Endings: Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes has been shortlisted in the 'Fiction for...

Primary schools are fantastic at teaching children how to use words other than 'said'. As a teacher, I witnessed several powerful lessons that encouraged children to steer away from the 'boring', and towards the 'interesting'. Students would create extensive verb lists and swap these words...

Phew! March was a busy month, but one I enjoyed tremendously. I had the great privilege of spending a day with the primary students at Northholm Grammar School. The librarians made to feel very welcome, which was quite remarkable considering the library itself had been flooded due to torrential...

The power of the short story is often underestimated. I recently had the privilege of writing an article for the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) - www.asla.org.au - about the power of short stories. The article was published in ASLA's National Journal - ACCESS, Volume 31,...

Music and I go way back. As an impressionable 12-year-old, I would lie on the living room floor, my head between the speakers, listening to Mum's vinyl collection. I dreamed of playing in a band, and wanted nothing more than a life filled with music. During my...