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 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 …

Dystopi­an Fic­tion at San­ta Sabi­na Col­lege 2017 Read more »

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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 …

NSW Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge 2016 Read more »

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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. …

St George Girls High School & Kog­a­rah High School Read more »

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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 …

Inter­na­tion­al Gram­mar School Syd­ney: School Vis­it Read more »

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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 …

Trin­i­ty Gram­mar School Prepara­to­ry School Read more »

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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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