Writing, Reading and Talking Around the Place


Oh how I love and loathe the literary season, which seems to start in July and end at the end of Brisbane Writers Festival in September. I love it for it’s celebration of all things literary and the lovely people I get to catch up with and I loathe it because there is too much to fit into just a few short months. Oh…and I am working full time this term at school – I’ve been allowed to PLAY in the Senior Library while the lovely Kristen is away; Kristen you just WAIT till you see all the changes I’ve made and all the noise I’ve made! Ha! So there has been a fair few meltdowns in our house (mostly from me).

This last month or so I’ve been online and offline in all the great places, including the Mumtastic page. The articles I’ve written for Mumtastic can be seen below, just click on the links.Mumtastic logo

How to Get the Most Out of the Library (and Other Literary Friendly Places Places)Avid Reader PudStar

A Very Literary DIY: Violet Mackerel Wrist WarmersChickPea Wrist Warmers2

10 Things to Do at Night to Make Mornings Hurt Less

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I did some work with the Qld Ballet, who partner with the Premiers Reading Challenge to create some Twinkle Toes workshops to extend the expereince of some of the books on the PRC early childhood list. The workshops are for 2-5 year olds and are scheduled for Book Week, Monday 22 to Friday 26 August. All details and bookings here. qld balletballet

The lovely Kylie Matthews interviewed me for a Kidspot article about the demise of teacher librarians…something I am VERY passionate about. You can read the article here (excellent article, shame about the cranky librarian pic!). kidspot logo

I’ve been reading and judging, then meeting and debating (there was nearly tears!) some of the best books in the country for the Qld Literary Awards, shortlists will be announced soon. QLA logo

In talking news (cause I like talking), I’ve done some radio (Soundcloud link in here) and some Brisbane City Council workshops and talks, and I have one more coming up…at Bulimba, on the 31st August…details and bookings here. ABC-612-Brisbane1

And I’m SO looking forward to this event at Ipswich Grammar School – do come along if you are local (or not!). Bookings are here. Growing Young Readers

Finally? If you’re free this Saturday, come along to the FREE and very special Tony Flowers/Nick Falk event we are hosting. It’s open to the public, there will be book buying and signing, comedy from Nick and Tony, lots of illustrating and cupcakes…lots of cupcakes. Book here. StopShakespeare_Invite

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