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Dystopian Fiction at Santa Sabina College 2017

In a special two-part workshop at Santa Sabina in mid-2017, I had the honour of working with an incredible cohort of Year 10 English students. To begin, I delivered a one hour lecture that offered a brief overview of the

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Words & Art Competition 2016

At the end of November 2016, I had the honour of visiting Penrith High School to meet Hellen Jiang and her classmates in Year Nine. Hellen won the senior division of the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Words & Art Competition

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Book Week 2016

When I was in primary school, Book Week competed with Christmas and Easter as my favourite time of year. La Semana del Libro felt sacred to this child, for whom stories and story-telling were indeed a form of religious observance.

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NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2016

I had the honour of attending the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards recently. It was a special pleasure for me, as my friend and guiding star Rebecca Young won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature for her masterpiece, Teacup, illustrated

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St George Girls High School & Kogarah High School

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of students from St George Girls High School and Kogarah High School in Sydney. I was there on the invitation of two fantastic teacher-librarians, Helen Lee and Gail Johnston.

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Middle Readers in Middle Earth: Reflections on the Fantasy Genre for Young Readers

To my delight, Erin Wamala recently asked me to pen some thoughts for The Kids’ Bookshop’s website. My brief was simple, to offer some reflections on the lure of fantasy for middle readers. Although I wrote this piece several months

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International Grammar School Sydney: School Visit

At the end of 2015, I had the honour of visiting International Grammar School in Sydney to address the Year Seven cohort about Empire of the Waves. It was an especially wonderful honour for me, invited as the guest of

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Victorian Premiers Reading Challenge 2015

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Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School

In something of a homecoming, I had the opportunity to speak at the Trinity Grammar School Preparatory School assembly about Empire of the Waves in mid-November. Since I wrote this novel as a kind of letter to my strange and

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Camdenville Public School Creative Writing Competition

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the last assembly of the term at Camdenville Public School in Newtown. On the invitation of Principal Sue Smith – a fellow lover of fantasy literature – I had the honour of

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