I had the dawning realisation that I couldn’t do it, that I was not a superhuman; that being human was enough.
Before she got sick Mum always looked after all of us.
She helped the neighbours with their shopping.
She walked her friend Helen’s dog when Helen was at work.
She helped the kids with their homework at Homework Club.
Mum helped everyone until… Mum got sick.
Her throat was sore and she kept coughing.
She had a bad virus….
Today it is has been raining in my town and instead of putting on raincoats and putting up our umbrellas to go to school we are staying in our homes doing our best to help beat the COVID pandemic…
Today I got a request for help from parents in Spain for ideas and support as they cope with homeschooling. Instead of sending lists of teacher manuals or student workbooks online, I thought back to my own experience of homeschooling during…
As London Book Fair 2020 goes into lockdown thanks to the rising pandemic on COVID_19 many of us due to participate in the annual book fair took are already in London preparing. With the same grit and determination, this city has seen over the course of many crises, we took to sheltering and working in […]
Meeting young readers and sharing stories and ideas about writing with them is one of the highlights of being a children’s author. However, I truly believe that I learn as much form them as they do from me. This week many schools are celebrating World Book Day. As such, I am one of the many authors who […]
In 250 words or less, who are you? I have been an educator for 27 years and a writer since age 4. When I taught elementary students, it was difficult to find diverse literature for them. Thus, I’m passionate about creating stories in which all children can see themselves and feel valued and heard. I […]
The other week I attended my first national CBCA conference. Not only was it attended by some of the children’s literary world royalty such as Leigh Hobbs, Morris Gleitzman, Susanne Gervay, Bruce Pascoe and so many more but there were librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, agents and anyone who has a stake in Australian children’s […]
This Mother’s Day I was in Canberra. It was a perfect autumnal weekend. The trees changing colour and the chameleon array of their canopies add a special beauty to the capital city. Being the capital there’s always a lot to do my priorities were watching an ANU med review and spending time with my family. […]
Wow! What a week! From lectures to conversations, to fire alarms and deluges of rain and much much more. This year’s theme ‘Lie to Me’ brought fascinating angles to light and raised as many questions as it answered. By last night I found myself agreeing with a fellow writer who confessed to being exhausted with […]
As its website states: ‘The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not for profit, volunteer-run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.’ For me and many other children’s book creators, CBCA […]
The other week I attended the bi-annual SCWBI conference here in Sydney. It was an action-packed few days of pre-conference launches, master classes, plenary sessions and networking with other creators. I heard famous authors speak, watched talented illustrators compete in a live auction ‘draw-off’ and witnessed the euphoria and tension during public pitching sessions. When […]