We’re all part of something bigger
I’m a Perth-based children’s author working on the intersection of story, science, technology and creativity.
I’m all about enthusing kids to play an active part in their world. My focus is on empowering our next generation of science-savvy citizens to think critically and creatively. And a huge part of that is having fun.
That’s why I choose to use my platform as a science writer and children’s author to inspire four superpowers:
- Creativity: innovating and thinking outside the box;
- Courage: being brave enough to try, and resilient enough to bounce back;
- Compassion: living with kindness and empathy; and
- Capability: falling in love with learning
Because stories are a superpower. Stories are about having a voice, and hearing others’ voices too.
New inventions. New solutions. New ideas.
My passion is for making and creating and STEM and STEAM.
I’m an Australian children’s author creating fiction and non-fiction about adventure, friendship, family, nature, science and technology. I’ve worked at CERN (home of the Large Hadron Collider!), at Questacon (as part of a science circus!) and in Japan (as a biotechnology patent translator!). I’ve bungee-jumped, sky-dived, back-packed and exploded sewage on my neighbour. I’ve spent five days on a canoe down the Whanganui River, four days on a camel along the Southern Silk Road, three days hiking in the Alps, two days accidentally locked in an Illinois hotel room, and a lifetime trying to learn and do and enjoy and improve.
My books have been published internationally and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards, the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year, the Wilderness Society’s Environment Prize, the WA Young Reader’s Book Awards, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards.
Science, creativity, adventure!
We need innovative, out-of-the-box thinking. We need courageous, active citizens of the world to stand up and play their part.
That’s why I’m so passionate about blending STEM, literacy, storytelling and creativity to enthuse, engage and empower.
I’ve worked as a science communicator for 20 years across six countries and have degrees in biotechnology, science communication, and a Masters in Professional Communication. I’ve been a garbage analyst, museum writer, magazine editor and atom-smashing reporter.
I’m based in Perth, Western Australia. I love chocolate. And I’m always working on my next book.
Storytelling: first imagination, then innovation
Give a kid a book for their next birthday. It won’t break, it’s not plastic, and it will open their mind to new worlds and new ideas. Whether you’re looking for kids who are reluctant readers, kids who are learning to read, or kids who read all the time…there’s a book that will be just right!
Recommended reading for boys and girls
Thank you to everyone who takes time to post a book review… Your book recommendations help other kids find books they might enjoy.
THANK YOU for helping to spread good things in to the world.
Play, learn, create
Check out these great classroom ideas for inspiring kids to explore science, creativity and literature, developed with creativity and science literacy in mind.
Who, me? Yes, you!
Let’s work together!
I can help bring the science-and-tech creativity-and-courage va-va-voom to your next event.
* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
** STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths