Jilda’s Ark publication date

Excited to hear from Harmony Ink Press that my next YA novel, Jilda’s Ark, is to be published in December this year. Originally it was to be in 2019, so it’s great news it will be coming out just in time for Christmas!


Short Story Competition

Here’s a competition you might like to enter. My short story Grasskiller was a finalist a couple of years ago, and was included in their anthology:

The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018 – ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.
The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Tasmania 40°South. A selection of the best entries will be published in Forty South Short Story Anthology 2018.
Entry forms and terms can be downloaded from www.fortysouth.com.au
Entries close February 18, 2018.

Tasmanian Writers’ and Readers’ Festival 2017

I really enjoyed reading Cyclone Christmas (published by Sunshine Books) at the 2017 Tasmanian Writers’ and Readers’ Festival on the weekend. Thanks to Soncha and her team for organising the Book Nook, and to Robyn for this photo of me in the ‘big chair’. The festival was a great success with so many interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking sessions, plus inspiring and moving book launches. Thanks to everyone involved, and looking forward to the next festival in two years’ time!

Book Nook at Tasmanian Writers’ and Readers’ Festival


Here’s a sneak peak of the Book Nook at Hadleys Hotel in Hobart, where children’s writers will be reading from their works at the 2017 Tasmanian Writers’ and Readers’ festival. I’m looking forward to reading from my middle grade chapter book, Cyclone Christmas, @ 2 p.m. on Sunday 17th! Thanks to Soncha for setting up the very inviting space!