CYA Notes – Agents and Editors

I attended rich and varied sessions at the 2014 CYA. And I’ve got notes on all of them. But I thought I’d share these little gems, since everyone always wants to know what publishers are looking for! Katrina Lehman – Penguin Not just theme. It’s the magic also. Multiple submissions are fine nowadays. Submit to […]

Guest Author – Michelle D Evans

I first met Michelle Dennis Evans through #pblitchat – a twitter-based chat I co-convened at the time, for those who loved or created picture books. Michelle has also been a participant in January Month of Poetry, which I co-ordinate each year – and we continue to interact on Twitter. Michelle has recently indie-published her YA […]

Belated Book Week Post

Last week I had a skype visit with the Reception class at St John’s Grammar School in Belair, South Australia.  They had only started school four weeks earlier, and I was very impressed with their beautiful listening and excellent questions! I usually have props that kids can use when I read ‘This is the Mud!’, […]

The Littlest Bushranger – and a Competition!

Last year on the katswhiskers blog, we got a bit catty, with Alison Reynolds and Heath McKenzie, for the launch of their picture book, A Year With Marmalade. (You can click back and read it here; CattyPost.)  Today I welcome Alison and Heath back to the blog, with The Littlest Bushranger – the brave and […]

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 […]