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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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blog 105: In which I tidy up some 2017 loose ends.

Hi All It’s January 25th and my Resolution to do a blog a week in 2018 is off to a shaky start. Ok let’s face it – the starter’s pistol has sounded, the medals have been distributed, the winner’s anthem … Continue reading

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blog 104: In which I spend a couple of great days in beautiful Monto.

In October this year I had the good fortunate to be invited by Monto State High School to be part of their fantastic¬†Growing Young Literary Artists in the North Burnett project. On Wednesday Oct 11th around midday, I flew from … Continue reading

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blog 103: In which I say ‘Cheers & Thanks’ to Germany and post a video.

Apart from at home here in Australia, my books have been most successful in Germany. As well as having nine books presently published in the country, there has also been a radio broadcast of the complete Ishmael series, short-listings and … Continue reading

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blog 102: In which I try to remember what happened in the 3 months since I last posted.

It’s been quite an eventful few months since my last update. August and September are usually the busiest months for school bookings because of BOOK WEEK and this year was no exception for me. During that time I visited 24 … Continue reading

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blog 101: In which I say something (but not much) about my WIP.

I was thinking the other day (yes, it does happen occasionally) that every¬†new thing I’ve written has been different in some fundamental way from everything else that has gone before it. For example … My first published book The Running … Continue reading

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blog 100: In which I post the stunning conclusion to my 2 week odyssey in WA WA Land!

(* If you missed my blog about Week One or you want to recap go HERE.) Author’s Log: Star Date Saturday June 3/Sunday June 4. PREVIOUSLY on my Western Australian trip with Lesley Reece presenting writing workshops on behalf The … Continue reading

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blog 99: In which I visit WA WA Land – Part the First.

This is a log of the first week of my two week trip to Western Australia presenting writing workshops as part of The Literature Centre’s Talented Young Writers’ Programme. Author’s Log: Star Date Sunday May 28. Woke up dull and … Continue reading

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