Poetry Friday – How to Storybird

Last week I posted about my discovery of Storybird. (You can read more here.) Storybird has been around since 2010, so I was feeling a little late to the party… but it soon became apparent that I wasn’t the only late arrival. So… for those of you who’ve never flown the nest, here’s a little […]

Poetry Friday – Storybird

These holidays, I discovered Storybird. Well – not quite true, because I’ve known about it for a long time, but resisted, because of a fear of internet overuse and excessive megs-consumption… But this holidays, I caved… It is, as I feared, a little addictive. So many adorable images, and that challenge of playing with a […]

Poetry Friday: The Babies of Walloon

During my recent trip to Ipswich for the StoryArts Festival, I was kindly taken on an afternoon drive out to view the monument for ‘The Babies of Walloon‘. Henry Lawson’s poem told the tragic story of sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick. The girls, aged six and nine, were students at Walloon State School. Speak […]

Poetry Friday – come lately

I was busy and missed last week’s Poetry Friday round – but I loved the Me Poem challenge on Michelle’s blog… so much so that I wrote, not one, but two. . Me in Grade Three Me in Grade Three – marching with the Grade Seven girls as we form rows from tallest to shortest, […]

Ipswich Story Arts Festival

Every kidlit festival I have attended has been a lot of fun – and each of them special in their own way. The first week of Ipswich Story Arts Festival was this year held in the Ipswich CBD, with authors staying at the Metro Motel, and sessions spread around venues in close proximity, in the […]

Poetry Friday – A Rewarding Week

Wow. Poetry Friday again. After such a busy, fun and exciting week! I’m currently at the Ipswich Story Arts Festival, where I’ve been presenting sessions titled ‘My Life as a Book‘ to kids in Years 1-4, and having an absolutely wonderful time talking with children about the stories that inspired/shaped my books. (You can read […]

Poetry Friday – Book Week – An Idea

This week’s Poetry Friday post is a snippet from my current WIP, another verse novel for early readers – this one about friendships. On the surface it sounds sweet and light, but as with friendship it’s a balance of the good and bad. I’m sharing this particular snippet because it flows on from last week’s […]

Books Light Up Our Lives

I was asked to speak to a group of parents about what inspires me to write. The talk was being organised to educate pre-school parents of 0-5y0s about the value of reading to young children. Unfortunately given distance and timing, it wasn’t possible to be at the meeting, but I shared a few written thoughts about […]

Sci-Ku Five – Poetry Friday – Shadows

Today’s post wraps up five days of sci-ku for National Science Week. But it’s not finished yet, because if I’m going to enter a sci-ku (or 3) into the competition, I need to write MORE… because these have all been published. (Since some of these aren’t very scientific in their capture of Light, that’s probably […]


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