Science Week Sci-Ku One – Grey

It’s National Science Week in Australia. The Royal Institute of Australia’s Science Channel is running a Sci-Ku competition, closing Sunday, 23 August. Sci-ku is a really cool name for a science-based haiku (Love it!) and entries need to reflect the theme, ‘Making waves – the science of light’. There are three categories: Primary, Secondary & Open […]

PS: Dimity Powell Blog Tour

Today I welcome Dimity Powell to my blog, to talk about her FIRST book – the newly-released, PS: Who Stole Santa’s Mail?  Congratulations, Dimity. Such an exciting time for you! What a wonderful Christmas YOU will be having this year – if no-one steals Santa’s mail, that is. ;) Today Dimity is going to be […]

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 […]

Madness – Through Round One

Quick update on the March Madness knock-out poetry tournament. I’m relieved and delighted to say that I made it through Round One of the March Madness – which was a tough battle against a great poem by Carol Wilc. I am now in the next ‘anxious wait’ period – waiting for my next word to be posted. […]

March Madness Round One: Dotted

The March month of poetry Madness is well underway, over on Ed DeCaria’s ThinkKidThink blog. You  really should visit, read and vote, because it’s a heap of fun!  My Round One poem is now up – and the 36hr clock is ticking down… My word was ‘dotted’ – and being the lower seeded poet (seeds […]

Guest Author and Giveaway: What’s in a Name?

. Children’s author, Sheryl Gwyther, is visiting my blog today as a part of her Princess Clown blog tour. (You can read a child’s review of her book here – or order your copy here.) Sheryl’s been very busy on this blog tour, so I asked if there was any way that we could take […]


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