It was a privilege and a pleasure to be interviewed by Writing NSW for Spotlight On, a monthly feature article on a member of the Writing NSW community:
Thank you Writing NSW for the brilliant job you do supporting writers!» Share this post
It was such fun at Big Book Day Out 2014 at the beautiful NSW Writers' Centre in Rozelle. There was a real fairground atmosphere with so much happening - the variety of activities and talks was truly amazing.
The sun was shining as authors and illustrators entertained children and their families at stalls, under trees, on rugs, anywhere there was room, and the audiences were enthusiastic and appreciative. The event was a kaleidoscope of books, talks, art and craft, readings, stories, signings, jokes, showbags, posters, postcards, bookmarks and balloons.
In my session, "The moon, balloons and books", the corny moon jokes were a big hit, as were the four copies of Racing the Moon that I gave away as prizes to the young people who answered my jokes correctly. Before and after the session, my husband and I couldn't blow up Racing the Moon balloons fast enough.
Who would have thought that a children's literary event like Big Book Day Out could generate such a buzz and excitement? Many thanks to the organisers - the Children's Book Council of Australia (NSW Branch) and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Well done!» Share this post
I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors presenting at this fun event. Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, enjoy presentations by authors, witness illustrators in action, participate in the costume parade, try your hand at craft and enjoy the sunshine. See you at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators stand at 1pm!
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I've been busy preparing talks for the following events:
Wednesday 6 August - one of the guest authors at the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra South Coast Literary Lunch in Wollongong - I'll be giving a short talk to the 160 teachers, librarians, students and other authors attending.
Sunday 31 August - Big Book Day Out, presented by the Children's Book Council of Australia NSW Branch, at the NSW Writers' Centre at Rozelle - I'll be one of the many children's / YA authors chatting to people at this fun event. Bring a picnic, relax in the story tent, witness children's illustrators in action, participate in the Costume Parade, try your hand at craft and enjoy the sunshine. See you at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators stand!
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It was such an inspiring day at the Playwriting Festival held at the NSW Writers' Centre yesterday. Lally Katz set the tone with her entertaining and motivational keynote address. I had difficulty choosing which sessions to go to, I really wanted to go to them all. Award-winning playwrights such as Hilary Bell, Suzie Miller, Stephen Sewell, Jane Harrison, Donna Abela, Nakkianh Lui, Caleb Lewis, Timothy Daly, Lachlan Philpott and Kit Brookman discussed their work in the context of starting out, collaboration, diversity, conflict, working locally / overseas etc. There was also a great session with a panel of artistic directors and literary managers that included Lee Lewis from Griffin, Anthea Williams from Belvoir, Polly Rowe from STC and Leland Kean from Rock Surfers who discussed their own company's selection criteria, preferred pitches and programming. I even had a 5-minute micro-session with Suzie Miller to briefly discuss the play I'm working on and how to go about finding a suitable dramaturg to provide further advice.
Many thanks to the Festival Director, Vanessa Bates, who did a fantastic job getting together such an inspiring group of playwrights and theatre makers to share their expertise.» Share this post