Ahhh, Science! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I became a scientist at the age of four when curiosity reared its head. It was the day my mother killed a chook. My father reckoned its head was still attached by invisible threads. Mum, who was in the process of de-feathering the chook, snorted… Read More Curiosity, dead chooks, science and the S.T.E.M. push
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
I know schools are being stretched tight with funding and they must prioritise where the money goes. But, an increasing number of my author and illustrator colleagues are being asked to appear for free at schools who say they can’t afford to pay. Surely, one must ask, isn’t the opportunity for students’ to connect with the… Read More Should authors work for free?
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
If you went to school in New South Wales during the last 95 years, you will be familiar with THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE. It is the world’s oldest literary magazine for children and is published without fuss by a small, dedicated and skilled staff who are part of the NSW Department of Education and Training. There… Read More Fight to save the NSW School Magazine
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
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
Last year, Australian children’s authors joined many other Australian book-lovers to fight against the proposed lifting of Restrictions against Parallel Importation of books into this country. That fight was successful. But now, there is another threat to Australian children’s books. And this is worse – because it comes from within and it is insidious. Children’s… Read More Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…