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How many people in this photo?

Answer: 5.5?

I love this photo…it was taken about ten minutes before my presentation for the Perth Writers Festival started.

Do I look nervous? NO!

Am I nervous? VERY! (Check out my white-knuckled hands!!)

Thanks to everyone who turned up early…It was great to meet you and chat, and you helped settle my nerves too 🙂

And thanks to the disembodied head: it has travelled with me on so many journeys. Maybe one day we’ll find the rest of her?

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Happy snaps from the 2012 Perth Writers Festival Family Day

Who thinks the Perth Writers Festival rocks?

It was awesome!!! I want a writers festival every weekend please!!!

My presentation was on the beautiful Tropical Grove Stage, which looked and felt like a jungle clearing.

It was the perfect setting to tell spooky stories of Miku’s school camp (and my school camp!) and I think everybody jumped (or laughed) in all the right places.

And then I stepped in something gross...

Thanks to everyone who came along…

I really appreciate it and hope you had a great time. I sure did. It was fab to meet so many keen readers and to talk books and writing and wild imaginations with you all.

I’m both sorry and stoked that Filth Licker sold out.

I’m stoked cause that means you liked my presentation, and I’m sorry cause some of you had to miss out.

If you wanted a copy and didn’t get one, you can order one from your local bookstore, and if it’s anywhere near Perth I’ll try to pop into the store and sign it for you.

Thanks again for your support and smiles and for laughing at my jokes 🙂 (And thanks to the Perth Writers Festival volunteers and staff for making the day really special!)



Finland, here we come

Exciting times ahead!

1) I’m performing at this year’s Perth Writers Festival Family Day…yee ha! I’m working on all-new material, including a super-spooky Japanese ghost story and some stories from my own super-scary school camp. I’m hoping to spend as much time as possible at the festival (baby permitting). Heaps of fab childrens writers will be there. Keep your eyes peeled for:

– AJ Betts (author of fab YA Wavelength, recommended if you’re stressed about this year’s exams, or if you’re not),

– Karen Blair (launching her new book complete with live animals!),

– Meg McKinlay (author of Surface Tension, which will keep you reading late into the night),

– FranĂ© Lessac and Mark Greenwood (launching their latest book, or are they)(it’s about a liar)(or is it?),

– Sally Murphy (author of the award-winning Toppling),

– Briony Stewart (winner of a Realise Your Dream fellowship to the UK),

– Julia Lawrinson (sex, sex, sex…need I say more?) and

– Lara Morgan (fresh from finishing the last book of the futuristic Rosie Black Chronicles).

It’s going to be FAAAAAAB!

2) I’m off to Finland! Or at least, my books are. (Take me with you, please!! I’d love to visit Finland!) Takeshita Demons and The Filth Licker are both being translated into Finnish. They’re both due to appear in Finnish bookshops this year…yee ha! Or should I say, siistiä!

3) Winner of the 2010 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Childrens Book Award, Tom Avery, is racing up the Amazon UK charts with a new project: serialised short fiction. Check out his post on the pros and cons of writing in serial (although it seems to be all pros right now: well done Tom!!)

So many of the writers and illustrators I know and love are rolling in success at the moment…and it’s great to be around them! Inspiring stuff.

Now I just need to find my way free from the sleep deprivation, nappies and caterpillars….
(The caterpillars are doing very well, thanks for asking)(4 of the 9 are now in cocoons; 1 is preparing its cocoon; 2 have passed on to the Great Caterpillar Field In The Sky, and 2 are *stil*l feeding their grubby faces)(soooo fat!).

(“I hope they’ll fit in their cocoon,” says our toddler 🙂 :-))