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 […]
‘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.
‘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 […]
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!
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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]