CBCA Shortlist announcement

It was a privilege to attend the CBCA shortlist announcement ceremony this morning at the Brisbane City Hall, after first enjoying an opportunity for networking while being treated to a delicious morning tea.

Margot Hillel, the CBCA National Chair, led the proceedings, and the Honorable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, officially opened the ceremony.

We were introduced to the ‘Queensland Living Treasures’ who were in attendance. Next, previous short-listing recipients, Michael Gerard Bower, Lucia Marchello, and Christine Bongers, spoke of what it had meant to them to be short-listed and how it had changed their careers.

The theme this year is ‘Find Your Treasure’, and we watched entertaining short films made by school students from across the state on this theme.

Finally, we came to the main reason we were here: the announcement of the shortlist. The lists of short-listees were hidden in a variety of ‘treasures’ such as books, a glass, a pouch and a ceramic chicken. Nick Earls announced those short-listed in the older reader category; Isabelle Carmody the younger reader category; Tanya Cox the early childhood category; Gary Crew the picture books; Jill Morris the Eve Pownall award for information books; and Caroline Magerl the Chrichton Award.

Congratulations to all who made it to the short list! Now we just have to wait till August to find out who the winners in each category are. Best of luck to everyone.



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!