The next generation of book lovers

My kids didn’t want to read and I couldn't believe it. They’ve always loved being read to but when it came down to learning the actual mechanics of English, they both resolutely dug in their heels. The thing is, I've... Continue Reading →

Nothing like a deadline

I have a bulging file of story ideas at home. In my mind they are already wonderful novels, articles or short stories. In fact, sometimes it’s tempting just to bask in the glory of their potential, rather than rolling up... Continue Reading →

Sense 8

Where has Sense 8 been all my life? Eight individuals suddenly find their innermost thoughts and feelings shared by seven strangers. Their lives become intertwined as their powerful connection defies the barriers of geography, language, culture, gender, time and even... Continue Reading →

A zombie walks into a bar…

I must say, having recently binged on both the Santa Clarita Diet and Z Nation, the horror comedy hybrid is certainly working for me. In the Santa Clarita Diet Sheila (Drew Barrymore) decries her dowdy wife/bland mum/real estate agent former... Continue Reading →

Eating your veggies

My eight year old son's declaration of vegetarianism didn't come as a surprise. He has periodically asked us to stop buying animals to eat, since making the connection between 'chicken' and our own backyard chickens when he was four. So,... Continue Reading →

Conversations for the curious at heart

Last weekend, whilst sitting on an idyllic river bank near the Tea Gardens village north of Sydney, my daughter was bitten by a particularly cranky ant. Amid the howling, I noted to a friend, ‘did you know the ants we... Continue Reading →

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

I remember my mum sitting down with me, clutching a book and giving me the ‘talk’. She hadn’t got far before I felt compelled to set her straight. I explained what I had figured out for myself: ‘Mum, the thing... Continue Reading →


Julie Snyder, the creator of the podcast phenomenon Serial, was utterly captivating during her Bingefest presentation at the Sydney Opera House on 18 December 2016. She took us on a whirlwind journey from Serial's first recording in the Koenig family's... Continue Reading →

Urban fantasy

Whilst investigating this relatively new and exceedingly broad sub-group of the fantasy genre, I was surprised by just how many novels I’ve unwittingly enjoyed from this category. When pitching to publishers for the first time last year, I found classifying... Continue Reading →

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