International Book Giving Day – Bundaberg East State School

Bundaberg East State School was very much affected by the Burnett River flooding in the wake of Cyclone Oswald. Many classrooms were inundated and the school grounds and play areas were covered in mud. There is still a lot of work to be done, and lots of enthusiastic people who are stepping up to do […]

Review: Troggle the Troll

Troggle the Troll is a delightful story about a would-be vegetarian troll. The story has a touch of grim, with the Troll family devouring people… every single night! But the alliterative menu sounds divine, and the illustrations are so bright, colourful and cutesy-fun, that I’m sure kids will have a real giggle from the Troll family’s meals. […]

Five Very Bookish Questions

The lovely Tania McCartney asked me Five Very Bookish Questions over on the Boomerang Books Blog last week. You can read them here; It could be that I talk about picture books – and what I think makes a good PB. And there may even be some favourites from my childhood… and now. Pop over […]

Catty Competition Cat-tures Cats to Purrrrfection!

Thank-you to all our wonderful entrants in the Catty Competition. I can only say I’m glad I’m not responsible for the judging – because just two entrants were in when I knew it was beyond me! It’s over to Heath and Alison for that. For now I give you… The Cats – in order of […]

Let’s get Catty – and a Competition!

Today, I’m going to be a little bit… catty. I’m hosting a cat book on my katswhiskers blog, so we’re running to a theme… and running a competition! (Today’s competition is a little bit different to the other competition that’s running throughout the blog tour at But firstly, welcome Alison Reynolds and Heath McKenzie – […]

CYA – No Cows Illustrations

. Two weeks ago I flew to Brisbane to attend the CYA Conference – for those in the Children’s and Young Adult’s publishing industry. The main reason I dropped everything and flew is because my verse novel manuscript, ‘Bully on the Bus’ was winner of the published author category of the CYA Competition. If you’ve […]

WriteFest Wrap – Amplified Author

This week I blogged on the Picture Books Only blog, sharing my notes from Meg Vann’s session at Bundaberg WriteFest. WriteFest ( is an annual event organised by Bundy Writers, in Queensland, Australia. It’s a smorgasbord event for authors of all genres, and this year I was inspired anew by the wonderful workshops I attended. Kerri […]


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