Category: Empire of the Waves

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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My first job, when I was four­teen, was as a book­seller for Angus and Robert­son, sav­ing for my first over­seas adven­ture, and through­out the odyssey of my teens and twen­ties I con­tin­ued to work in book­stores, up until the start …

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Today marks the one year anniver­sary of the launch of Empire of the Waves: Voy­age of the Moon Child. To com­mem­o­rate the occa­sion, here are my remarks deliv­ered on that glo­ri­ous night. Thank you to all who have made this …

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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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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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Last Mon­day evening I was sweat­ing bul­lets. Still dazed and daz­zled from five weeks in India, in less than a day I would be fly­ing to the Gold Coast for the Som­er­set Cel­e­bra­tion of Lit­er­a­ture. Although I received mes­sages of …

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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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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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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 …

Cam­denville Pub­lic School Cre­ative Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Read More »

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