Category: Literature

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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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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I recently had the honour of meeting 40 wonderful students from Sefton High School and their teachers at The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. I spoke for about an hour about Empire of the Waves, the history of myth and fantasy …

Meeting Sefton High: In Praise of The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft Read More »

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Looking back on the first half of 2018, a turbulent year in world politics – and in my field of Korean Studies in particular – I see how much my reading habits remain an anchor. Having quit Facebook in March, …

Reading In Review: January to May 2018 Read More »

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Recently I passed my ten year anniversary on Facebook and five year anniversary on Twitter. Both sent notes to celebrate the milestone. At first, it felt a little strange to receive such affirmations from the algorithms of addiction. But soon …

A Valediction: Forbidding Posting Read More »

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When I was in primary school, there was no day so dreaded as wet-weather day. It troubled me perhaps less than some, as I spent much of the break time in the playground or school library debating or creating fantasy …

Round the Twist on Rainy Days: In Praise of Paul Jennings Read More »

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The second half of 2017 brought more highlights in this writer’s life. On the 12th of September, I attended the uniquely wonderful CBCA Lunch With The Stars at the ICMS in Manly (as often commented, a more serendipitously Hogwartsian locale …

From Lunch With The Stars to One Book One Pen Read More »

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