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blog 115: In which I take a trip on a few TARDIS SONGS.

Are there certain songs, that when you hear them, they magically transport you back to another time and place? If your immediate response to that question is – ‘What? How did you know that about me? Are you some kind … Continue reading

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blog 114: In which I build it and then some of them come and some of them don’t.

Towards the end of every year I write down in my journal an extensive list of WRITING HOPES & DREAMS for the following year on the misguided belief that writing stuff down helps it come true. My Writing Hopes and Dreams … Continue reading

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blog 113: In which I share some school coffee cups etc

I’m very fortunate to get invited to visit quite a lot of schools and occasionally I’m given a small gift when I leave which is lovely, but considering that I’m already well paid for my time, it’s certainly not something … Continue reading

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blog 112: In which the end of the year is in sight.

It’s been a bit over two months since my last post and these are my sins as always, it seems quite a bit has happened. A few days ago I completed my last school visit/author event for 2018. Yay! This … Continue reading

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blog 111: In which I explain where some things stand.

On September 1st my new young adult novel THE THINGS THAT WILL  NOT STAND was released. It’s always an exciting time, as well as nerve-wracking, when a new story goes out into the world. It’s a bit like your child … Continue reading

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blog 110: In which I bring you up to date with some recent and some not-quite-so-recent goings on.

I haven’t really posted much about what’s been happening over the last five months or so, and as it turns out, there’s been quite a lot! Such as … SCHOOL VISITS: I’ve had 25 or so great school visits including … Continue reading

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blog 109: In which I man-splain to the CBCA Judges How They Should Vote in the 2018 Early Childhood Category as only a Middle-aged White Male who has a book on the Short-list, really can.

As you may have heard RODNEY LOSES IT! written by me and illustrated by the awesome Chrissie Krebs has been shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA awards in the Early Childhood category and obviously we’re both thrilled and honoured! Now some … Continue reading

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blog 108: In which the characters from Don’t Call Me Ishmael discuss their weirdest dreams.

In 2013 I wrote a short story based on the Ishmael series that was included in an anthology created by my German publishers Carl Hanser celebrating 20 YEARS OF HANSER CHILDREN’S BOOKS. The piece was called Ismael und das Team … Continue reading

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blog 107: In which I officially begin 2018.

Well 2018 has started and it’s been very exciting. (And when I say ‘started” I mean of course that it kicked off ages ago and now more than a quarter of it is already gone!) (Hi Gabriella. Look a new … Continue reading

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blog 106: In which I’m talkin’ on SUNSHINE.

Last October my wife and I came down from Brisbane to spend a month in Melbourne bunny-and-house-sitting for our daughter and son-in-law while they were away on their belated honeymoon in America. Our daughter’s home is in a new housing … Continue reading

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