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.

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.