Get Reading Tour

I have just returned from a Get Reading book tour, speaking about My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up and Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space. The tour took in Townsville, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat – 15 talks in five days with kids and teens from kindergarten through to year 9. It was a wild, hard-working week, interacting with thousands of kids, hopefully inspiring them to pick up a book and also giving them some tools for creating their own stories.

Get Reading publishes the annual guide, ’50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ and they have just begun touring authors around Australia. Here is my tour in pics and video.

A giraffe by Australian artist John Olsen on the wall of the amazing Olsen Hotel in Melbourne.

With two dynamos, Maryanne Hyde from Geelong Library Service and Bethany Clark from Get Reading
View from my hotel room in Sydney.
Speaking to kids at Balmain Primary School.
My new rocket, powered by baking soda and vinegar.
Signing books with Paul MacDonald from The Children’s Bookshop in Sydney.

More pics on Get Reading’s Facebook page at



  1. July 29, 2011 / 4:21 am

    Looks like you had fun mate. Paul MacDonald is a legend.

  2. March 6, 2013 / 3:22 am

    Is there any likelihood that you would make your way to Tassie this year for a tour? If you did, what sort of fees etc. would our College be looking at? Can you send us some information?
    College Librarian….

  3. March 6, 2013 / 4:10 am

    Hi Rachele

    I would love to return to your fine island state. I am on contact(at) if you would like to email me and I will send you some more details!

    All the best,


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