Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: September 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

To Read Pile

I have had a cracking run of great reads recently, including:

White Fang, Jack London
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
The A Series of Unfortunate Events books
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, John Boyne
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
Joey Pigza Loses Control, Jack Gantos

And now I have a pretty impressive 'To-Read' pile. I thought I'd share it with you.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Killer Python

Discovered in our front yard.

I've always wanted to write a book about snakes, exploring my deep fear of them. Fear can be a great motivator for story and revealing character. This image will come in handy one day.

NB: The red splotches are dirt, not blood. 

I'm pretty sure.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Children's Book Week

Here's my wrap on Children's Book Week 2012. It's been a busy few months on the road talking books with kids, bringing stories alive and, hopefully, inspiring people to create. I have spoken about myself far too much, driven way too many kilometres and eaten an insane amount of cake with librarians at morning tea but I pronounce the adventure a success.

Now to settle in for a long spring and summer of writing so that I have new stories to share next year. I am finishing up a sixth or seventh draft of a book I've been writing for a couple of years, writing the follow-up to My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up and, in the background, developing an exciting new digital project with Ben Train, my Story Scrapbook collaborator. Lots of new possibilities for 2013 and beyond.
Story Scrapbook workshop. Was great seeing students in a state of flow on their stories.
A demo of Story Scrapbook on the Smartboard.

A student created these notes on her laptop in Story Scrapbook as I spoke to the class.
I love the look.
I have been scaring students with Star-Nosed Moles, introduced to me by the girls at Brisbane Girls Grammar.
Hideous creatures (the Star-Nosed Moles).
Chill-out room in a library. That's a picture on the wall in the b/g.
Mmmm. Cake. Librarians, in general, are fine bakers of tasty morsels.
My friend's DeLorean model. Spent some time during Book Week dreaming on story ideas
in his studio.

Extreme Reading. A fine school that I visited put together a collection of images of teachers
and students reading in extreme situations. 

Gathering images for story inspiration in a hands-on workshop.
The iPad is an extraordinary stool for story-gathering and creation.
So, too, the pencil.

Fun seeing kids getting inspired and excited about stories.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Online Literature Festival

I just had a brilliant session with the Online Literature Festival run by the State Library of Queensland. Thirty-five schools from all over Queensland took part and it was a riot. We didn't quite get to all of the questions at the end so feel free to leave your questions by clicking 'Leave a Comment' below and I will answer you ASAP.


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