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

‘Them’s French breeds’ … the perils of standardized testing

Here is a delicious story about the stupidity and the perils of testing children’s knowledge using standardized testing – take note, Julia Gillard. Marion Brady, American author and educational commentator…. Last Sunday I picked up a book by Gervase Phinn to read on the plane coming back from Gatwick. It was written by a school… Read More ‘Them’s French breeds’ … the perils of standardized testing