It’s Queensland’s turn to host a celebration of THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE‘s Centenary! Back in 1916, as the world grappled with the horrors of World War I, the New South Wales Department of Education had a brave and brilliant idea: to give primary school children their own free high-quality literary magazine. So while hardships related to… Read More Queensland news – THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE celebrates 100 years!
Authors are funny animals. We inhabit storybook worlds; and sometimes reside in our characters’ heads. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of fictional characters coming to life. Adversity McAllister is someone you won’t know yet, but soon you will. She’s the young protagonist in my completed manuscript, SWEET ADVERSITY. The only child of travelling Shakespearean actors, 12-year-old Addie… Read More On making a character live … the inside story
Today, 211 years ago, a storyteller was born in Odense, Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen became a prolific writer – of poems, travelogues, novels and plays … but it is for his fairy tales that he is most remembered and treasured. Sad, clever, joyous and poignant, and always with a message to be a better, finer… Read More What I learned from Hans Christian Andersen
BANG! KAPOW! The visiting author punched her way through the dreaded Sizzling Start. ‘Who will rid me of this bothersome writing term,’ she screamed, valiantly, desperately. Sorry, no offence meant to all those teachers (valiantly) trying to teach kids short story writing to fulfill the dreaded NAPLAN testing requirements. Teachers have SO much to deal… Read More Off to a SIZZLING START … or not!
I’ve had a ‘multi-skilled’ work career … the fault of a constant need to be challenged, and possibly a rebellious streak that makes me, in perfect Leo-like logic bend the rules – to do it ‘my way’. My way or the highway, sort of thing. Most times over those 20+ ‘career choices’, my way was… Read More The Death of Childhood?
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
That’s like asking how long is a piece of string. There are endless articles written on this genre – most provide very useful hints in your quest to write the genre, and most as useful as a ball of string. Imagine the uses for a ball of string! We short story-tellers aim for one thing. To write a… Read More What makes a winning short story?
Scratch the writing skin of most Flash Fiction aficionados and you’ll find an addict. Yes, we can’t help ourselves … we adore the genre, we drool over brilliant Flash Fiction … on a continual quest to write great stories. I write novels, chapter books and plays for children, but Flash Fiction tales I write for both adults and children. They’re… Read More Why I’m addicted … to Flash Fiction