Year: 2019

God of all creation and renewal, Bring healing to this burning land! We pray for darkened skies,Now choked with poison,This dry and blistered earth,And all your hurting creatures. We pray for firefighters and volunteers.And thank you for their selfless love,For …

An Advent Prayer as Fires Burn Read More »

At the end of 2018, whilst travelling in Taiwan, I received an email from Melbourne-based writer Oliver Phisher with a series of questions for his website offering advice to aspiring authors. As the internet is teeming with bad advice, I …

Interview with Christopher Richardson Read More »

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On the 28th of August 2019 I was invited to address the whole school assembly at Patrician Brothers’ College in Fairfield. It was an honour to visit this tremendous school and meet so many students and teachers. There was a …

Wizards, Wars & Words Read More »

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This week I had the honour of meeting over 500 Year 7 and Year 8 students at Oakhill College in Castle Hill at the invitation of librarian Lynn Revai. The theme of the Oakhill Book Week for 2019 was “Banquet …

Oakhill College Banquet of Books: Book Week 2019 Read More »

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Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman recently told a packed audience in Sydney that everywhere he travels in Australia he hears young people express bewilderment that adults keep electing to high office men and women whose behaviour, should they – the …

Our Chosen Stories: Reflections on Four Years of Empire of the Waves Read More »

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As reported in a previous blogpost, I recently had the pleasure of spending three packed days at the Newington College Festival of Literature for 2019. To my delight, two young Newington writers have since penned their thoughts about two of …

Newington College Student Journalists Read More »

Words seem cheap nowadays. They roll beneath our fingertips on social media feeds, via text messages, and on the news-sites and blogs we browse on trains and buses. First thing in the morning and last thing before sleep, we read. …

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

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In May 2019, I attended the Newington College Festival of Literature. It was a thrilling and, at times, overwhelming experience. Over the course of three packed days, I ran 10 one-hour workshops with hundreds of inspired and inspiring students. With …

Newington College Festival of Literature 2019: Salila, Narnia, Middle-earth & North Korea Read More »

On my recent visit to Taiwan, I had the honour of visiting Houjia Junior High School in Tainan as a guest of my friend Yi-Hsiang, a high school English teacher. I had a wonderful time meeting Yi-Hsiang’s students to discuss …

Houjia Junior High School: Tainan Read More »