Judging the ya books of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

I was watching a news report of 96-year old artist Dickie Minyintiri winning the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award last week and couldn’t help but gawk wide-eyed when the cameras showed us his and a handful of other artworks that had been nominated for the prize. They’re currently on display at the … Continued

Writing with St Peter Julian Eymard Primary School

I had the pleasure of going out to Mooroolbark a few days ago to visit grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 students at St Peter Julia Eymard Primary School to talk all things authorly, pass on some writing tips and debate who is the best football team (North Melbourne, of course). The kids wrote some … Continued

a blog post tribute to the telegram

it is fascinating to think back to the days when there was no internet and a lot of communication took place via telegrams STOP and so I have decided to write this blog post in the style of a telegram from yesteryear COLON without punctuation STOP you may have already noticed just how hard it … Continued

Writing with the kids of Maryborough

I headed out to the Victorian Goldfields last week, not to look for gold for I was 160 years too late for that, but to visit grades four, five and six students from Maryborough Education Centre. The kids from MEC hung out with me at the Maryborough Library and listened as I told sob stories … Continued