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What kids can do with glue and haiku

To Hedland I flew,

Friends and words mixed with red dirt

We wrote glue-haiku.

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I was lucky enough to spend a chunk of last week in Port Hedland visiting school kids and making poems at the West End Markets with Scribbler’s Fest and FORM WA. It was SUPER fun!

Not all the poetry the kids made was haiku. Some was freeform, some was prose.

All of it was thought-provoking and fascinating and fun. And lots of it made me laugh!

I had an absolute ball. I’m now Officially In Love with Hedland and the Pilbara.

The Port Hedland coffee was amazing, the cafe food fabulous, the landscape spectacular and the company an absolute hoot.

Thanks to the whole FORM team for making me feel so welcome and making me laugh. Especial thanks to Jeanine from the Port Hedland Visitors Centre for stocking gorgeous teapots, and to Deb for the courage to buy such a special teapot All For Myself.

And huge thanks to Maria for making it all happen….together we conquered airline food, invisible crocodiles, and even Putting Petrol Into A Hire Car. From here, I really don’t think anything can stop us.

Now, Children’s Book Week!

It’s here and it’s huge and… YAY!

Stories rock my world.







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Perth writing workshops: First draft boot camp + Writing adventure stories

Attention: kids and people who like writing for kids

I’m working with the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts to present two exciting and (hopefully) useful workshops for writers, young and not-so-young:

Get started on a first draft, or polish your work-in-progress.  Pick up great tips, practice new techniques, discover publishing markets and more.
Starts: Monday 7 May, 7.30-9pm.  Cost: $150 for 6 weeks.


– WRITING ADVENTURE STORIES (after school, for kids around 8 to 12)
Do you like reading action, adventure, fantasy or horror?  Want to write your own cliffhanger stories?  Fire up your imaginations and get ready to create.
Starts: Monday 7 May, 3.30-4.30pm.  Cost: $100 for 6 weeks.

Both writing courses will be held at the gorgeous Victoria Park Centre for the Arts. Hope to see you there, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me on or contact the Centre:

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts
12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park, 6101
Tel: (08) 9470 5520