An Update in 5 Easy Steps.

Hi. It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. So, here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

1. Research

Researching and writing a children’s historical novel based on the journey of the Chinese, walking from Robe in the south-east of South Australia to the goldfields of Victoria. (Working title, The long, golden road – to be published by Walker Books.)



2. Books

Our Village in the Sky

A picture-poetry book, published by Allen & Unwin, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.

  • Launch: Mildura Arts Festival, Artvault. Saturday July 19th at 3pm.
  • Workshop: Poetry and Art, with Janeen and Anne; Artvault, Mildura. Sunday 20th July. 2.00-4.30pm.
  • Launch: Immanuel Primary School, Novar Gardens, South Australia. Friday August 1st
  • Reading & Signing: Collins Bookshop, Castle Plaza, Edwardstown, South Australia. Saturday, August 2nd. 1pm.


Where’s Annie?

Picture book, published by National Library of Australia, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.

  • Due for release: 2015

Silly Squid

Picture-poetry book, published by Omnibus/Scholastic, illustrated by Cheryll Johns. (a sea-sequel to Silly Galah)

  • Due for release: 2015

I’m a hungry dinosaur

Picture book, published by Penguin Group Australia, illustrated by Ann James. (a sequel to I’m a dirty dinosaur) Due for release: 2015

Vaska, the very old ghost

Short story for anthology, Stories for 6 year olds. published by Random House.

3. Other special bits and pieces:


  • Wrote words for a dance performance created for babies aged 4- 18 months, choreographed by Sally Chance Dance. Opened at Out the Box festival for children in Brisbane, Queensland, June 24, 2014. Will be travelling to Melbourne and Perth and in Adelaide for the Come Out Festival, 2015.

I’m a dirty dinosaur

  • Picture book, published by Penguin Group Australia, illustrated by Ann James.
  • Shortlisted for 2014 CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) awards, Early Childhood category.
  • Published in USA by Kane Miller Publishers.
  • Published in China by Oriental babies and kids Ltd.
  • Short reading on television program, Home and Away, Thursday 19th June.
  • Selected for Get Reading scheme 2013. (50 Books you can’t put down.)
  • That Boy, Jack – Children’s historical novel, published by Walker Books, 2013.

Notable Award in 2014 CBCA awards. Too tight, Benito Picture book, published by Little Hare, to be published by KZIM publishers in Korea, 2015.

4. Conferences:

  • Attended Children’s Book Council of Australia conference in Canberra, in May, 2014.

5. Workshops:

  • One of 14 Australian writers/illustrators taking part in Meet the Writers in the Adelaide Convention Centre, Thursday, June 19th, 2014.
  • Along with Jacqueline Harvey and Mike Dumbleton, spoke at Ardtornish School, South Australia, with Random House publishers, for SLASA (School Library Association of South Australia)

That’s it for now! Till next time. Love to hear from you.

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