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– BARGAIN for U.S. readers: Takeshita Demons hardcover copies selling on Amazon at 80% off!

– Interview on One Writer’s Journey: Check out this interview with me on the One Writer’s Journey blog.

– Society of Women’s Writers workshop: I attended a fun and useful plotting workshop, run by John Harmen and partly funded by the Society of Women’s Writers (thank you both!). John used THELMA AND LOUISE as a plotting example and even reading the plot summary made me teary. What a great film! Wouldn’t you love to write something in that vein?

– Script debut: I’m thrilled that my short script, SHELTER FROM THE STORM, is being performed next month in Queensland, by the Miles Regional Arts Council. I’ve always wanted to write something slightly absurdist with a sting in its tail. I haven’t quite been able to make it  work for children’s fiction, but an adult radio play? Sure! Why not?


Mahtab Narsimhan: she’s scarier than she looks!

– Asian Festival of Children’s Content: I’m also excited to be preparing to present at the 2014 Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. I’m jetting over there thanks to WritingWA, who are just fantastic at spreading the good word on writing opportunities in WA.

I’m presenting Whatever Happened to Non-fiction, on non-fiction for children. It’ll be a fab, fun session, followed by Mark Greenwood presenting Breathing Life into History, and I’m telling you, he does it well! Looking forward to it!

I’m also co-presenting a session on scary stories for children, with Canada’s Mahtab Narsimhan. Mahtab’s TARA trilogy draws inspiration from Indian mythology and is maybe a million times scarier than TAKESHITA DEMONS. I’m scared just writing about it! I can’t wait to meet her and present our session: Are YOU afraid of the dark?

Perth Writer’s Festival: And of course….this weekend is the Perth Writer’s Festival!!! My favourite time of year! If I could, I would camp at UWA all weekend with my notebook and pen, sucking up ideas and inspiration and caramel milkshakes with lots of ice. Instead, I’m dragging my children from tent to tent and hoping they’ll stay still/quiet/dry enough for at least a couple of ideas and inspirational moments, and about 50 milkshakes.

Hope to see you there!


Author visit with Bukit View Primary School: Words Go Round!

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Whee! I’m back from the Singapore Writers Festival Words Go Round school program for 2013.

It was FABULOUS!!! So many great schools, great people, GREAT FUN! Thanks to everyone I met and worked with! I hope you had as much fun as I did 🙂 And I hope you’re still writing those stories…Keep those words coming!

Over the next few days I’ll post more, but to get you started…here’s a shot from our visit to Bukit View Primary School, which will be featured on tonight or tomorrow’s TV news in Singapore. Bukit View has an incredible theatre room complete with brilliant props, Hollywood-style change rooms and glamorous couches. Perfect for getting in the mood to write deliciously exciting stories.

And of course, props and couches are no good without creative, dedicated and enthusiastic students and teachers. THANKS to Miss Pamela Kiew for the opportunity to visit Bukit View Primary, and to Singapore’s National Arts Council for the amazing schools’ program they run.

Now…let’s get writing!
Author visit with Bukit View Primary School

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Writing workshops for Term 1, 2013

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts***STOP PRESS***

I forgot to mention: I’m also running a FREE one-hour workshop for young writers at Morley Library. Bookings are essential, but it should be loads of fun! Hope to see you there!

…We return to normal broadcasting 🙂 

I’m running several writing workshops for the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts in Victoria Park (great for parent pick-ups and drop-offs: a few minutes walk from cafes, shops, library and more). These classes include workshops for young writers as well as, ehem, older writers (like myself :-))

Details are below.



Starts: Monday February 11, 4-5 pm. Cost: $100 for 6 weeks.
Want to be a writer? Start writing now! We look at the best books for kids out there today, then try to write one even better. What’s your favourite book?



A full-day workshop, dates to be determined based on your interest and availability (please email me to register your interest: The workshop will run 9.30am-4.30pm. Cost: $100 for the day.
Create your own cliffhanger stories. Fire up your imagination and get ready to write.


Dates: Dates to be determined, based on your interest and availability. This is a full-day workshop and will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. Cost: $100 per day
Full-day beginner’s workshop. Everything from first lines to final contracts.

Starts: Monday February 11, 7.00-8.30 pm. Cost: $150 for 6 weeks.
Join a small class of writers-in-progress. Share your work, pick up great tips, practice new techniques, discover publishing markets.

Please email me ( to register your interest.

And Merry Christmas! Hope you’re having a terrific holiday season!