YA Books Central’s Around the World in 30 Days Event

I’ve entered May Day Mine in YA Books Central’s Around the World in 30 Days Event:



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.

Children’s Book of the Year Awards

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to attend the Children’s Book of the Year Awards announcements at Government House in Hobart on Friday, followed by the celebratory dinner at the Hobart Convention Centre overlooking the water.

Congratulations to all the winners and short-listees!

To give you more of an idea, click on this link:


Sunshine Books visit

It was great fun visiting my publisher Wendy Pye/Sunshine Books in Auckland, New Zealand recently. I spent some time with the Managing Editor, Charyn Jones, who showed me their colourful display of current publications. It was so interesting to finally see where Cyclone Christmas (1st and 2nd edition) and Block City (and my brother Evan’s Bottle from the Sea) came to life.





List of Australian YA realist novels with LGBQ characters

Prolific Australian author Jenny Pausacker has compiled a list of Australian Children’s and YA contemporary realist novels with LGBQ characters and I am very pleased to see May Day Mine included. It’s not just in several lists (based on secondary and main characters, alphabetical order and chronological order), but she has also devoted a half page to critiquing the novel and also refers to it elsewhere in her article. It is enlightening to see another author’s point of view regarding my main character Jodi and her relationship with Dana.

You can find it here:



Visit to Sunshine Books in Auckland

It was a great thrill for me to visit the offices of Wendy Pye/Sunshine Books in Auckland, NZ, last week. I’ve had a relationship with them since last century, literally, when we initially negotiated the publication of the first edition of Cyclone Christmas. Since then, they have published another of my books, Block City, and a second edition of Cyclone Christmas.

It was interesting to put some faces to names and to see where all the action takes place. Their book display area is bright, colourful and cheery, and it was interesting to see all their current titles together in one place including my brother Evan’s Bottle from the Sea.

Thanks managing editor Charyn Jones for enabling my visit and being so welcoming.