A fabulous photo shoot!

April 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Photoshoots, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: , ,

Huge thanks to Hong Kong photographer Ellen Claire Taylor for a fun photoshoot on Wednesday this week at my home in Tai Po, in beautiful Tai Po Kau Park, and at the Pok Fu Lam Gardens terminus of Green Minibus 22 on Hong Kong Island! Here I am above left at home with my beautiful new book Storm Whale, launching in Melbourne on 1st June; at my favourite local park in Tai Po Kau (above right) and catching up with the Chinese Calendar Tales characters on Green Minibus 22 at the Pok Fu Lam Gardens terminus in the rain! Pandora, my toy panda, loved it!

A magical Saturday with Leigh Hobbs!

March 28, 2017 at 9:59 am | Posted in Being an Author, children's literacy | Leave a comment
Tags: , , ,

What a wonderful day I had on Saturday, with the altogether fabulous Leigh Hobbs, who just happens to be Australia’s Children’s Laureate (which means super-special Aussie children’s author and illustrator to you and me!). My lovely husband and I kidnapped Leigh from his hotel, where Leigh was staying whilst visiting some lucky primary schools in Hong Kong, and took him to Stanley for lunch and a drive around the island! Leigh is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and we became firm friends! And if you haven’t read any of Leigh’s books yet, you’re in for a treat! Here are just some of the wacky characters, and best-selling books, Leigh has created, which have been published by my favourite Aussie publishers, Allen and Unwin! Borrow them from your library, or even better yet, buy them for your own library of books at home!

 

A Cockadoodle Event at the SILF!

March 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Book launches, Literary Festivals, Shanghai International Literary Festival, Story Readings, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: ,

IMG_2966

On Sunday, I entertained a big roomful of fabulous Shanghai children and their mums and dads when I introduced them to my new Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster! It was so wonderful to be talking all about Shanghai’s extraordinary history, the international Concessions, Shanghai’s most famous road The Bund, and the Roaring 1920s, when my story was set, in a building that was there in the 1920s, just beside The Bund! I could just feel Rickshaw Rooster fluffing his tail feathers, puffing his chest, and getting ready to do an enormous Cockadoodle-Doo!!! Here I am, above, with a fabulous bookstand made by my terrific distributors at Obido, in M’s famous Glamour Bar. Life as an author doesn’t get more glamorous than that! More photos to come!

Shanghai International Literary Festival – in the Paris of the East!

March 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Literary Festivals, Shanghai International Literary Festival | Leave a comment
Tags: , ,

IMG_3040

Kids often ask me what the best things are about being an author – and one of the MANY fabulous things about being an author is being invited to Literary Festivals in different countries around the world! And the Shanghai International Literary Festival is one of the best there is!

HUGE thanks to Michelle Garnaut, of M on the Bund and the M Literary Festivals, for inviting me again to the SILF this year to present my latest Chinese Calendar Tale to the kids and parents of Shanghai! And what a wonderful weekend I had! We authors all stayed at the beautiful new Wanda Reign on the Bund Hotel, a superb homage to Art Deco and 1920s Shanghai, which of course is also paid homage to in my  new book The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster!! So Rickshaw Rooster and I felt quite at home! Above is a picture I took of the Bund in the evening – and you can see the green dome of the old Cathay Hotel (now called The Peace Hotel) where Miss Eugenie Stroganoff was flirting with the band in my story!

And here is, from left to right, The Bund again – you can see the Telegraph Building where Colonel Billy Flynn was posting a letter home in my story, with its big mast, at the back of the row of buildings on The Bund. In the middle is the Pudong skyline, on the other side of the Huangpu River – space-age and modern and extraordinary!! And a gorgeous light show on one of the Shanghai skyscrapers on the right! Shanghai is most definitely a city of ever-blazing lights, and is best seen at night!

And here are just some of the other authors I met: Patrick Lapeyre, a famous French writer and winner of the 2010 Prix Femina; in the middle, from left to right, Michelle Garnaut introducing Lee Tamahori (screen director of the renowned Once Were Warriors and, more recently James Bond film Die Another Day), Anne O’Brien, director of the New Zealand Writers Festival, and the wonderful Witi Ihimaera, author of famous The Whale Rider, talking about their latest collaboration Mahana; and on the right, Zhang Lijia, a famous Chinese author, talking about her latest book! I’m so fortunate to have met them and had lovely long chats with this last weekend!

IMG_3010  On Saturday evening, I walked down the Bund to the old Cathay Hotel, now called the Peace Hotel, to take a look! This hotel was THE place to be seen in 1920s Shanghai, at the time The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster was set, and it still has the most beautiful Art Deco carving and floors and ceilings and lights, as well as photos of the old days! Here’s one I discovered – and you can see a whole row of 1920s motor cars in the foreground! It reminded me of The Shanghai Race in my new book!

New launch date for your diaries!

February 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Bookshop event | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , ,

1

My dear friends will all know that, sadly, my Dad passed away on the 18th of January, and we had to postpone Rickshaw Rooster’s funny and fabulous Hong Kong launch at Bookazine, Princes Building, in Central. But you can’t keep a good rooster down…and I’m delighted to tell you that the Book Launch is on again, on Saturday, 11th February from 2-3pm! I’ll be posting the new invitation on my blog tomorrow, but in the meantime, make sure you put it in your diaries!

Two fabulous days at the Discovery College Cultural Festival!

December 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Being an Author, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac, Monkey story, School visits, Story Readings, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , ,

A big THANK YOU to all my fabulous friends at Discovery College for inviting me for two wonderful days this week as part of their fantastic annual Cultural Festival! We had six funny and educational story readings from my Chinese Calendar Tales series, with the Grade Ones meeting Chester Choi, the Grade Twos laughing along with Pin Yin Panda, the Grade Threes having a frolic with Rodney Ram, the Grade Fours falling in love with my noble Dark Horse, and the Grade Fives and Sixes saying a fond farewell to Ming Kee Monkey in my last Ming Kee Monkey story readings for the Year of the Monkey! Huge thanks to my dear friend and talented teacher librarian host Leanne Sercombe for looking after me so well! See you all next year!

Come and see us at the Conrad Christmas Fair today!

November 29, 2016 at 7:45 am | Posted in Being an Author, Book Fairs, Books about Chinese Zodiac, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese Calendar Tales, Chinese Zodiac | Leave a comment
Tags:

img_2114

Christmas is coming!! If you want to stock up on the Chinese Calendar Tales you can come and buy them today from 10am to 8pm at the Conrad Christmas Fair in Pacific Place! We’ve even got the new title for next Year of the Rooster! We’ll tell you what Zodiac year applies to your lucky intended recipient – making our books a perfect gift (and a fun taste of China) for all those kiddies, nieces, nephews, husbands, wives, grandpas and grandmas overseas! And I’ll be here all day to say hello and to sign your purchases for you! See you soon!

Wow! Meet a Hong Kong teenage author with more than 6 million readers!!

September 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Being an Author | Leave a comment
Tags: ,

Anahita-Kaman-4_Expat-Parent-1024x683 I was just browsing a fabulous Hong Kong parenting magazine called Expat Parent today, when I came across this article, about 14 year old who has clocked up more than 6 million readers with her online book Falling Too Far! She talks about how she became a writer, and how she organizes her week to fit her writing in with school work and all the usual life of a teenager in Hong Kong. Now there’s inspiration for other young writers! Here’s the link: http://expat-parent.com/2016/08/11/bookworm/ . Have a read and see what you think!

If your family loves books…here’s an event for your mums and dads on International Literacy Day!

August 25, 2016 at 10:32 am | Posted in Being an Author, Bookshop event, children's literacy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Tags: ,

 

invite_room_to_read_final2.jpg

What a great way to celebrate reading books and to help kids in need in Asia and Africa to read too! I look forward to seeing you there!

Remember to register here: https://www.anpasia.com/public/event/RegistrationForm/45465E477946455D43

 

 

Congratulations to the students in my Summer Writing Class 8-12 August!

August 13, 2016 at 11:51 am | Posted in Being an Author, Summer writing class, workshops | Leave a comment
Tags: ,

whole class with certificates

Huge congratulations to the 8 hard-working, enthusiastic students in my first Summer Writing Class last week! At the end of an intensive week of story-planning and drafting, they each produced a highly entertaining tale, with all the ingredients of a great story! With close attention to their characters and setting, attention-grabbing beginnings and thought-provoking endings, as well as a strong story line which followed the correct curve, they wrote stories of which they can truly be proud! I was especially happy to discover yesterday that they’d even worked on their stories at home! They leave the class with a Certificate of Completion, a folder of their work, and a story-planning guide for the future, as well as a list of tips to help them on their journey to becoming great writers. Well done all of you!

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.