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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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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The great­est ple­saure of the author’s life — this author’s life, in any case — is meet­ing read­ers. Writ­ing is a soli­tary task much of the time, even if social media now allows authors to share their tri­umphs and frus­tra­tions …

New­ing­ton Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture Read more »

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Edward Lear & The Vic­to­ri­an Nurs­ery A rev­o­lu­tion­ary fig­ure in the his­to­ry of Eng­lish lan­guage chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, Edward Lear explod­ed the con­ven­tions of the Vic­to­ri­an nurs­ery and replaced the relent­less didac­ti­cism of Isaac Watts and Charles and Mary Lamb with …

Edward Lear: Destruc­tion Read more »

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