What an amazing time I had during Book Week this year!
Firstly, a very big thank you to Hope Francis, Teacher Librarian at Aspley State School. Hope has been a great supporter of my work, and this year she was very keen to introduce Penny the Pencil to her students. (That’s Hope pictured above dressed as none other than Penny the Pencil for the school’s Book Week parade. She made the costume herself – not sure if she’s taking orders, but if you contact me then I can always ask her!) I spent a fantastic couple of days with students from Prep through to Year 3 reading excerpts from Penny in Space, making rockets with the children, and then launching them. I also went along to the Book Week parade where I found Kitten Kaboodle him(her)self!
I spent the weekend in Melbourne, chiefly to attend the Davitt Awards dinner. Although Kitten Kaboodle and the Catier Emerald was shortlisted for Best Children’s Crime Novel, it lost out to Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell.
This week I’ll have my head down putting the finishing touches to my three locative fiction stories for Outdoor Reads. No doubt fellow writers Nick Manning and Lee McGowan will be similarly busy, although Nick tells me he’s already finished.
On Sunday 6 September I’ll be part of the Books From Our Backyard Living Library at Brisbane Writers Festival. If you’d like to come and chat to me (and other Queensland writers) about my books, or writing and getting published in general, then I’ll be on Level 2 of the State Library from 11:45 to 12:45. Hope to see you there!