Because of popular request, I’m updating this blog that I had posted on my sherylgwyther4kids blog earlier this year. Thank you, Rachna Chhabria, my author friend from Bangalore, India for reminding me about it. Glad your writing students over there enjoyed my Double Trouble Game, Rachna. Story ideas can pop into your head from lots… Read More On getting ideas for stories
My newest story, Princess Clown is on its way. This chapter book for 7-8 year olds, will be used in classrooms as part of Blake Publishing‘s fiction series called Gigglers Blue. They’re called chapter books because to young readers taking their first steps into the wonderful world of reading they look like the ‘real’ books… Read More ‘Princess Clown’ is on her way
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…
It feels strange to finally send off a story to publishers – especially a story that I can link to Geoffrey Rush (in an odd way). This manuscript is something I’ve worked on for many years – part of me fears for its future, part of me rejoices in the fact it’s now on its… Read More the agony and the ecstasy – a.k.a. submitting a story
There’s a book that keeps disappearing from its spot on the A-J shelves of our local high school library. A small novel that somehow has been smuggled through the security bars at the library exit. It’s had to be replaced at least three times. So why this particular book? Is it the beautifully designed cover… Read More David Almond’s ‘Skellig’ … a review
Just like no one likes a sore loser, no one likes a cocky winner! But, allow me the relief a good shout of victory brings. We have won our battle against Parallel Importation of Books in a resounding victory – this morning the ALP Cabinet and Caucus decided not to follow the Productivity Commission’s recommendations… Read More VICTORY IS OURS!
Thanks to a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators) bulletin advising their American members to contact the librarians at the Library of Congress Children’s Rare Books Collection in Washington DC and arrange a tour, I did so too – well, I was there and I’m a member of SCBWI’s Australian branch. Two days… Read More Treasure-house … the American Children’s Rare Books Collection
Ross is better at maths than me, but it goes something like this…. Melbourne has 600 people per sq km; Washington DC has 30,000 per sq km. Try getting your head around these figures: Melbourne, Australia Area: 8,806 sq klms Pop: 4 million Washington DC’s metro Area: 177 sq klms Pop: 5.3 million… Read More City of light and enlightenment…