Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: July 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Best Slime Recipe

Every kid (and adult) loves slime. I've been slimed a few times in recent years and I've experimented with different homemade recipes and this one is the best. We used it in the My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong book trailer (both of this post).

Slime TV

That time I was slimed by Grace on ABC3 / ABC Me.
This recipe is featured in the follow-up book My Life & Other Massive Mistakes. I hope it works for you. I'd love you to point me to your pics on Insta / FB etc if you happen to make a batch. ;))

Slime Recipe

Slime Video


Byron Writers Festival 2017

It's almost time for the amazing Byron Bay Writers Festival. I have been attending the festival for the past seventeen years, at first as a visitor and, in more recent years, as a participant.

It is one of my favourite events on the bookish calendar. I have amazing memories of wandering around the beachside festival site in the sunshine with coffee, dropping into marquees to hear extraordinary writers tell their stories and share their craft.

More recently, in Sunday's Kids Big Day Out tent I have been slimed, had my head covered in chocolate sauce and cream, been attached by exploding rubber chickens and, this year, is the year of the Weaponised Muffins!

I'll be joined at Kids Big Day Out by Morris Gleitzman, Sally Rippin, Hilary Badger (H.I. Larry), Lucas Proudfoot, Richard Roxburgh and Peter Helliar.

I believe that there are still some tickets available here.

Here's my schedule for the fest. I hope you can make it along. The full program is here.

Primary School Days

Tues 1 August: Murwillumbah Civic Centre, 10-12pm with Zac Power author Hilary Badger.

Wed 2 August:  Byron Bay Sports Complex, 9:30-11:30am with Zac Power author Hilary Badger.

Thurs 3 August: Ballina RSL, 10am-12pm, with Zac Power author Hilary Badger.

Literacy Session

Fri 4 August, Byron Writers Festival site, 4-5pm: Reach for the Stars: Literacy in Children, a panel discussion with Jesse Blackadder, Cosentino and Sally Rippin.

Kids Big Day Out

Sun 6 August, Byron Writers Festival site: 12:10-12:40pm with lots of other authors speaking before and after me.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Fall Interview in Books+Publishing Magazine

A recent interview about my new crime-mystery novel The Fall in Junior Books+Publishing (B+P) magazine.

Just click on the image to read a sharper, high-resolution version.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Fall on Radio National Books & Arts

I was lucky enough to speak about my new thriller novel The Fall with Sarah Lestrange on ABC Radio National Books and Arts program. Here's the interview if you'd like to have a listen.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Book TV

I would love to see Australian children's and young adult books gain a higher profile in TV and the media, encouraging reading and bringing the books to life for a wide audience. I think it's really important for kids to see books brought to life in fun and exciting ways.

I've just been on a month-long tour with my new book The Fall and I thought I'd share two of the TV interviews, one with the hosts of Channel Seven's The Daily Edition and one with Shane Crawford on Saturday morning show Kids' WB (involving a fall from a very high diving tower).

Just click on the images to watch the clips.

Kids' WB Interview

Click above to watch the world's first ever interview between an AFL footy player and an author on a floating swan.

Kids' WB High-Dive Challenge with Shane Crawford

Click above to find out if it's Shane Crawford or me who has to leap from the 10-metre diving board at Melbourne Aquatic Centre on Kids' WB.

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