There was a tunnel

I feel like I’ve been absent for a while – much of this year really. Mostly to do with study. But I’ve submitted my final project, completed the feedback form and what happens next is beyond my ability to predict/affect.

I’ve culled my books and there’s a little room on my shelves. I’ve partially cleared my desk, I have my printer back and it’s sort of working, my email inbox is back to manageable and I’m starting to work through what’s been waiting patiently (the impatient things are also done) and I’m ready for what’s next.

But while I work on them, some exciting news. I have confirmation that Koala will also appear in Danish. And Big Red Kangaroo is to be in Korean! Can’t wait to see copies.

My Name is Lizzie Flynn is officially available in paperback from Thursday. Lovely to be able to share her again.


I have left my cave occasionally. I had a lovely day workshopping story with students from 6 Ballarat primary schools. What a treat! I’ll be back in July for some more workshopping with the same students, focussing on poetry.


I was as happy as a pig in long grass. The workshops were conducted at a farm school and I visited the pigs, some chooks and other animals before I drove home. Just call me Old MacDonald. Or not.


Absent in Action

I know I’ve just flagged this new website and blog, but I feel like I’ve been absent for some time. Partly this is due to study, but that’s nearing its end and hopefully I’ll soon be fully present again.

On Friday I was part of the Queenscliffe Literary Festival school program. It was a lovely day, with engaged and enthusiastic students and ran like clockwork thanks to the hard work of an enthusiastic team. Each of the presenters: Martine Murray, Jedda Robard, Carole Wilkinson, Heath McKenzie, Tull Suwannakit, Andy Isaacs (who I didn’t get to meet) and I had our own ‘minders’, who made sure we had whatever we needed. My session with Yr 2 and Yr 3 students from several local schools was great fun. Many thanks to Alice and the team and to hosts Point Lonsdale Primary School (great  catering too).

While I have no pics of the students or the school, here are some from the surroundings. It’s a tough gig, but it has to be done.


Moving On

After 25500 views, I’ve just closed my old blog at Let’s Have Words.

I’m really excited to have my blog and website together here, but I was surprised to feel sad at leaving my old blog behind. Silly perhaps, but there you are.

I am looking forward to posting here though. There will be the same mix of book world news and pics and other random bits and bobs.



I’m very excited to reveal the cover of ‘Koala’, to be released by Walker Books Australia on August 1. It will also be released in the US and UK in September. Stay tuned also for the Danish version.

How beautiful is this cover. Thank you Julie Vivas!