Hooray! Storm Whale is short-listed for the Queensland Literary Awards 2018!

September 1, 2018 at 11:30 am | Posted in Awards, Book Awards, poetry, Queensland Literary Awards 2018 | Leave a comment
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I’m SO excited! Storm Whale has been short-listed, alongside four other wonderful Australian writers’ stories, for the Queensland Literary Awards in the Griffith University Children’s Book Award section! It’s such wonderful news for me, for illustrator Jane Tanner and our publisher Allen and Unwin! I can’t wait for the announcement of the winners in early October! Here’s what the judges had to say:

Judges’ Comments

During their seaside stay, three sisters work tirelessly to save a whale that has become stranded on the shore. Nostalgic and lyrical, Sarah Brennan’s sustained and perfectly nuanced verses ebb and flow seamlessly in this timeless narrative, while Jane Tanner’s combination of monochromatic and multi-coloured pencil and pastel illustrations reflect the text’s mood, pace and burgeoning sense of hope.

If you haven’t bought your copy of Storm Whale yet, you can buy it here!

Two brilliant young poets from Suzhou!

March 24, 2018 at 4:55 pm | Posted in poetry, Suzhou schools, Suzhou Science and Technology Town Foreign Language School | 2 Comments
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Meet Rose Yang Siyu (11) and her brother Jerry (14), students who attend the Suzhou Science and Technology Town Foreign Language School in Suzhou which I visited during my Beijing trip. The school is very keen to promote creativity among its students, including poetry-writing! I think you’ll agree that these sonnets below are wonderful!

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