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Newcastle Writers’ Festival

Even the rain couldn't keep the crowds away from the Newcastle Writers' Festival this weekend. It was a fantastic program with many highlights including the panel discussion on Radical Newcastle that looked at inspirational aspects of Newcastle's colourful history,...

"Believing" – a song about Martin Luther King, Jr

It was on this day forty-six years ago on April 4, 1968 that Martin Luther King, Jr, the leader of the African-American civil rights movement was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His death not only had a huge impact on the United Staes but on people from all...

International Children’s Book Day 2 April 2014

Today is International Children's Book Day which aims to inspire a love of reading and to celebrate children's books all around the world. It is also the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, a famous Danish author who wrote many books including fairy tale...

Playwriting Festival at the NSW Writers’ Centre

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...

Read reviews by teachers of "Racing the Moon"

It's great to get feedback on Racing the Moon from teachers and librarians. Several reviews by teachers are now available on the Allen and Unwin website. Some of the comments include: "Beautifully written, this book is a great read for 10 to 15...

Review of "Racing the Moon" in Good Reading

I'm very pleased with the review of Racing the Moon that's in the latest issue of Good Reading. Wendy Noble finishes the review with: "Set in Sydney during the Great Depression, this is a beautifully written, well-researched and deeply...

Anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

It's 82 years ago since the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19 March 1932. You can watch online videos of the opening of the bridge on the Screen Australia website: http://aso.gov.au/titles/newsreels/opening-sydney-harbour-bridge/clip2/  This video shows...

Festival of Golden Words

I've just spent an amazing three days at the Festival of Golden Words in Beaconsfield, Tasmania. On day one, I brushed up on my writing skills at a children's writing workshop run by Lian Tanner and listened to some very entertaining talks by Andy Griffiths...

Review of "Racing the Moon" in All the Buzz about Books

There is a very complimentary review of Racing the Moon in the latest issue of All the Buzz about Books, published by the Children's Book Council of Australia (NSW Branch). Racing the Moon is described as 'a captivating historical narrative set in the Great...

Weekend in Sydney

I had a wonderful weekend in Sydney, listening to author talks at the City Recital Hall on Friday night and enjoying another great Australian play at the Griffin Theatre on Saturday. Alexander McCall Smith gave an hilarious talk...

"Racing the Moon" No. 1 on Highest New Entries list

Racing the Moon  was No. 1 for a few days in March on the Highest New Entries list (one of the bestseller charts) on the Books + Publishing website: http://www.booksellerandpublisher.com.au/DetailPage.aspx?type=charts How cool is that!

Review of "Racing the Moon" in Magpies, March 2014 issue

I'm very pleased with the review by Chloe Mauger in the latest issue of Magpies, which concludes: "Potentially confronting strong topics such as domestic violence and sexual abuse are treated sensitively for the intended readership, so with its feisty...

Review by Barbara Braxton of "Racing the Moon"

REVIEW: Racing the Moon by Michelle Morgan, Allen & Unwin, 2014 It is the year that Donald Bradman scored 334 runs against England in the third Test; the year that Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup; the year that each end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge met and the...

Launch of "Racing the Moon"

The launch of Racing the Moon in Bowral yesterday was a great success. Many thanks to all those who came to help celebrate the occasion, with special thanks to family, friends, The Bookshop Bowral, Allen & Unwin and the BDAS Gallery for their...

Interviews for Highlife Magazine and Southern Highland News

I was interviewed a few weeks ago by Deborah McIntosh from Highlife, who has also written an article about me and my new novel, Racing the Moon. You'll find the article on p.62 of the February / March issue of Highlife Magazine. Dominica Sanda from Southern...

"Racing the Moon" has sold out its first print run!

I found out today that Racing the Moon has already sold out its first print run - and it was only released 3 weeks ago! The publishers have ordered an urgent reprint and there are even backorders. How cool is that!

12 Curly Quiestions in Kids’ Book Review

I had a lot of fun answering 12 Curly Questions for Kids' Book Review. I answered the questions quickly and honestly without giving them too much thought. They're quirky! Here's a sample: 1. Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you: I used to have a pet sheep...

"On the 14th of February 1966!"

There was a lot of love in Australia on this day. It wasn't only Valentine's Day, but the day that the currency changed from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents. The campaign to educate everyone was very successful and centre-stage was the "Dollar Bill"...

Teachers’ Notes are now available for "Racing the Moon"

Fantastic Teachers' Notes have been compiled by Fran Knight for Allen & Unwin and are now available for use and study within schools. The notes show how Racing the Moon can be used in English and History within the Australian curriculum. While...

Review of "Racing the Moon" on Buzz Words

Check out the great review of "Racing the Moon" on Buzz Words! "I would recommend this story for young people who enjoy character-driven historical fiction. Clear and compelling, this book will leave its audience with a genuine feel for life during the...

"Racing the Moon" is now in the Mitchell Library

Having worked as a librarian for many years, I was excited to discover that "Racing the Moon" is already on the shelves in many libraries. But when I discovered that it was in the Mitchell Library in Sydney, that really blew me away. It's like a dream come true! Click...

My first review for "Racing the Moon"

A review of "Racing the Moon" is now on the Kids' Bookshop website: "This is in all likelihood a fairly accurate description of the harsh life children of the time were expected to endure, however there is a lightness and humour to aspects of the novel....

"Racing the Moon" is now in bookshops

You can buy signed copies of "Racing the Moon" at Bookshop Bowral and MacLean's Booksellers in Hamilton. There have also been sightings of the book on the shelves at Abbey's bookshop in Sydney, Dymock's in Canberra and Paperchain in Manuka. It will be also be...

26th January, Australia or Anniversary Day?

Did you know that 26th January wasn't always called Australia Day? In New South Wales up until 1935, it was referred to as Anniversary Day, and the other states didn't celebrate the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove until after Federation. You can find more...

Audio file for Goodbye Frankie on Songs page

The audio file for Goodbye Frankie has just been added to my SONGS page. Goodbye Frankie is the first song that Luke and I wrote together not long after we moved to the Southern Highlands. I hope you like it!

Glossy book covers for "Racing the Moon"

I received some glossy book covers for "Racing the Moon" from my publishers, Allen & Unwin, yesterday. I can't wait to see the whole book - my author's copies should arrive in early January.

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