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 […]

14 January

Adelaide Writers’ Week

I’ll be appearing at Adelaide Writers’ Week this year, on Sunday March 2nd, at 1:15 pm in The Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, King William Street. Elizabeth Knox and I will be discussing ‘imaginary worlds’. Hope to see you there!

19 December

A Couple of Kindly Bloggers

I just noticed that ShelfTalker, the ‘Publisher’s Weekly’ blog, has posted a list of ‘Fantastic First Lines (2013)’, and that the first line of ‘How to Catch a Bogle’ was included. What particularly pleased me about this thumbs-up was that it came from Elizabeth Bluemle, who – along with Josie Leavitt – owns the Flying […]

17 December

American Library Association’s Top Thirty

‘How to Catch a Bogle’ has been included in the 2013 Lasting Connections list, compiled by ‘Book Links’ magazine – which is published by the American Library Association.  This list features the year’s top thirty picture books, novels and non-fiction titles aimed at kindergarten-to-eighth grade classrooms, and is designed to highlight books that (according to […]

10 December

Adelaide Festival Awards

In more good news, I’ve just heard that A Very Unusual Pursuit (How to Catch a Bogle in America) has been shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, 2014. My book is one of six titles shortlisted for the ‘Children’s fiction’ prize. Yay! The winners will be announced on 1 March. Here is the […]

6 December

NYC Library List

The New York Public Library has just released its ‘Children’s Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013’ – and How to Catch a Bogle has made the list! My book is one of twenty-five titles in the ‘Older Readers’ category. I regard this as a GREAT honour; thanks, New York Public Library! You can […]

29 November

Welcome to my new website!

Back in 2007, when I launched my first website, I thought, ‘Well – that’s that!’ But of course fashions change, and technology advances, and six years later my first website was looking old and creaky. So to coincide with my 50th birthday – here’s website number two! As you can see, it’s much more interactive, […]