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!

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:



Hobart’s Hope & Anchor (the oldest pub in Australia) was the venue for an interesting evening last night. The net-working group CWILLS (Children’s Writers & Illustrators) met informally in the cosy bar, then we joined a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) group where we shared our latest news and triumphs. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and a presentation about marketing by author/illustrator Christina Booth. Christina gave us lots of useful tips for marketing and I’m sure we all took away some new ideas. Thanks to Anne Morgan for organising the successful evening.