Monthly Archives: June 2011

blog 17: In which I give some helpful advice to the CBCA judges

I am thrilled that my book Just a Dog has made the shortlist for 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Award in the Younger Readers category. It’s a real honour to be on a list with the following wonderful books and … Continue reading

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blog 16: In which I speak out of school

A previous blog concerning Infrequently Asked Questions included this one: QUESTION 7. From a teacher as we make our way through a school playground narrowly avoiding riots and food fights. Teacher: Michael do you ever miss full-time teaching? Me: Would it be … Continue reading

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blog 15: In which I talk about the things we say

When we were young if ever my brother and sisters and I asked for something that our mother Elsie considered ‘over the top’ she would chastise us by saying, “You want portholes in your coffin!” For example: “Mum can I … Continue reading

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blog 14: In which I try to prove that a thousand words is worth a picture.

Do you enjoy having your photo taken? You know, I don’t much care for it myself. For example, here’s what happened the day a photographer came to my house to take my first ever ‘author photo’. It all came about … Continue reading

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blog 13: In which I trace the highlights of my stellar musical career

  After my childhood dreams of being a Samurai like Shintaro or a Ninja like Tombie the Mist faded, my next dream was to become a singer-songwriter – just someone like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Paul Simon or James Taylor would … Continue reading

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blog 12: In which I post a few of our old family slides.

             Just about all of the photos taken of our family when I was a kid are slides. There’s not too many of them because Dad had the only camera and he worked away from home for years on the … Continue reading

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