Big reading on a little budget

I'm delighted my kids enjoy a good book as much as I do, however keeping our home constantly stocked with fresh books can be a costly exercise. Here are a few ways I've found to satisfy our 'habit' without breaking... Continue Reading →

The wonderful world of Aussie Kids and YA

Writing NSW and Festival Director Belinda Murrell brought together a who's who of Aussie authors, illustrators, publishers for the tenth Kids & YA Festival on Saturday and it was  fabulous. Discussions ranged throughout the day. From the different pathways to... Continue Reading →

It’s always the quiet ones

The first I'd heard of softly spoken and wickedly talented Nalini Singh was during last year's GenreCon organised by the Queensland Writers Centre. I added Wild Embrace (with the following cover), to my Speculative Fiction/YA/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance book pile: As my... Continue Reading →

Literary Ink

When it came to updating my tattoo last year, I went in search of a design that conceptually represented two of my great loves (my family and reading).

Words at play

Last year I asked a group of primary school students: 'What makes a great story?' Hands shot up and soon I had a white board full of answers like: adjectives spelling punctuation sentence structure My inner child was very confused.... Continue Reading →

Are you ready?

Like winter, the school holidays are coming. You might have noticed parents huddling in groups, desperately clutching iPhones as they attempt to stitch together enough care options, activities and annual leave to get through to the end of January. I... Continue Reading →

Genre Worlds 2017

Last week at the Genre Worlds: Popular Fiction in the 21st Century conference, which was held alongside GenreCon 2017, I was absolutely enthralled by a variety of academic papers examining a topic very close to my heart: genre fiction. My... Continue Reading →

Talking about the right stuff

Last weekend, over 240 writers, editors, agents and publishers packed the State Library of Queensland for GenreCon 2017; a three-day conference dedicated to genre fiction courtesy of the Queensland Writers Centre and the Australia Writer's Marketplace. The panels and workshops... Continue Reading →

Don’t have anything nice to say?

After several weeks offline, I opened my social media accounts and was delighted to see students supporting poets, campaigners respecting our LGBT community and reviewers graciously accepting that not all books are going to be their cup of tea. Oh... Continue Reading →

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