Every Writer Needs an Office

So. I'm writing a book. Allegedly. Dear glory I hope Kristina from UQP is not reading this...but I promise it will one day sit alongside those lovely UQP spines above! It's been a *&%@#$...

Review: ‘Because of You’ by Pip Harry

Title: ‘Because of You’ Author: Pip Harry Publisher: UQP Age Range: 15+ Themes: homelessness, belonging, hope, stereotypes, identity, friendship, addiction, alcoholism, community service, homosexuality, teen pregnancy. ‘Books can save anyone. If they’re the right ones.’ Tiny is 18, homeless and...

A Monster Calls: From Story to Screenplay

It was an absolute privilege to a) be invited to a special preview screening of 'A Monster Calls' and b) be able to get out of the house to attend (thanks mum and dad!)....

Book People: J.C. Burke

Click on title links or cover images to read more about each book and purchase.  #loveOzYA Like when I read Claire Zorn's 'One Would Think the Deep', 'The Things we Promise' took me back to my...

Book People: Vale Narelle Oliver

Beautiful Narelle... You will be so missed by your family, so missed. I know only too well the grief cycle and you, my mum and I have discussed grief at length on many occasions over...

Review of ‘The Secrets We Keep’

Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: UQP Age Range: Middle Grade; upper primary; lower secondary; 10 years+ Themes: grief; loss; school; family; friendships; lies; mental illness To purchase 'The Secrets We Keep', click on title links or cover image.  I picked this book...

Review of ‘One Would Think the Deep’

It seems that Claire Zorn can do no literary wrong - I just hope that the pressure doesn't freak her out entirely and give her writers block!  I've only just turned the final page on...

Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

It's not often that I blog about a series time and time and time again, but then it's not often that I come across a series that I feel so passionately about. The 'Big...

Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Life with Literature

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief, serious illness,...

Must-Have Children’s Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings

Must-Have Children's Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings Talking with David Curnow on 612ABC Brisbane about books which explore feelings and in particular those which support young people who have experienced grief. Listen to the Soundcloud HERE.  I...