Tennis balls, FORTRESS AUSTRALIA and Hope

A week ago, my husband joined a small group of refugee advocates outside No-man’s Land and the barbed-wire fences at the Pinkenba Immigration Detention Transit Centre in Brisbane. They were trying to throw tennis balls over the fences – unsuccessfully. Ross, being a resourceful physics man took his tennis racquet from the car and lobbed… Read More Tennis balls, FORTRESS AUSTRALIA and Hope

My fellow Australians….especially those who abhor arty types like me

I’m a children’s author. My job is to tell stories to Australian children and beyond our shores. Stories that will stir them, make them laugh, take them into another world, stories that will make them think.  I don’t expect to win a literary prize any day soon, (although it would be very nice to) but… Read More My fellow Australians….especially those who abhor arty types like me

SCHOOL LIBRARIANS OF THE WORLD converge on Brisbane

Ever heard of the SLAQ/IASL? No? Neither had I before getting involved in the Australian school librarians’ push to get better conditions in school libraries, and then the Government inquiry into the issue. Last week, Brisbane was the lucky Australian city to host the School Library Association of Queensland Biennial Conference and the 39th International… Read More SCHOOL LIBRARIANS OF THE WORLD converge on Brisbane