15 May

Blue Fringe Arts

Last night (14 May) I attended the 2014 Blue Fringe Arts Short Story and Poetry Awards, as the judge of the short story competition. Blue Fringe Arts celebrates the creativity of people living with or having experienced mental illness, and is run by a committee of organisations based in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions […]

11 May

Another Shortlisting!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has been shortlisted for the Norma K Hemming Award, which is awarded annually by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation for a work of speculative fiction that explores the themes of race, gender, class, sexuality and disability. Here is the full shortlist for the Norma K Hemming Award.

11 April

Double Shortlist!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has been shortlisted for not one, but two major literary awards! It’s on the shortlist for the Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Book of the Year’ awards, in the ‘Younger Readers’ section, and it’s also been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – specifically, for the Patricia Wrightson award for […]

27 March

Amanda Curtin Enjoyed My Book‏

Amanda Curtin is the author of ‘Elemental’; I met her recently on a panel about historical fiction at the Perth Writer’s Festival. She has very kindly reviewed A Very Unusual Pursuit on her website. Thanks, Amanda! As you must know yourself, every little bit helps!

26 March

‘Saving Thanehaven’ Book Trailer

Allen and Unwin have released a book trailer for ‘Saving Thanehaven’. Enjoy!

12 March

Scientific American

My book ‘Evil Genius’ has been mentioned in the very first paragraph of an article just published in ‘Scientific American’, entitled ‘What Creativity and Dishonesty may have in common’. Written by Francesca Gino, a behavioural scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, the article describes research into the relationship between dishonesty and creativity, concluding that […]

4 March

Winner!

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ has won the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature in the children’s category! I was in Adelaide to collect the prize and had a wonderful time meeting, greeting and going to the zoo. Big thanks to everyone involved – especially the judges and my publisher, Erica Wagner of Allen and Unwin, who […]

16 February

Notable Children’s Book

The Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) has just named its Notable Children’s Books for 2014 – and ‘How to Catch a Bogle’ has made it onto the list, in the ‘Middle Readers’ section! Here is the full list.

29 January

Internet Interview

If you’ve ever wanted to ask me about my writing and research methods, check out the interview that’s just been posted on the Kids Book Review website.

26 January

Perth Writer’s Festival

I’m off to Perth in February, to speak at the writer’s festival – and I’m very excited because I’ve never been to Perth before! My sessions are as follows: Thursday 20th February – You’ll be able to catch me on ‘Schools Day’ at 10 am and 12:30 pm. Saturday 22nd February – I’ll be taking […]