A fabulous photo shoot!

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

Wow! 52 entries in our March Madness Minibus Photo Competition!

April 2, 2017 at 9:46 am | Posted in Photo competitions, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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IMG_2784Congratulations to all you 52 clever people out there who registered in our March Madness Minibus Photo Competition! Registration has now closed, and my team at Auspicious Times and I can’t wait to see your fun photos!

But first you have to complete our Questionnaire in Step 2! We sent you your unique number when you registered, with the link to our fun multiple choice questionnaire: please don’t worry, it’s not difficult, and all the answers are on our website at http://www.chinesecalendartales.com!

So send in your completed questionnaire, and after that, we’ll send you the exciting instructions to the final Step 3: That Photo!

The weather’s perfect, the Easter holidays are here…what better time to go snapping our funny and fabulous minibuses! Remember, you can find them on Hong Kong Island here: http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gh_22.html and on Kowloon side here: http://www.16seats.net/eng/gmb/gk_74.html!

So get cracking and get snapping!

Come and Cockadoodle Doo with Rickshaw Rooster and me today at The Repulse Bay!!

March 26, 2017 at 10:26 am | Posted in children's literacy, Chinese Calendar Tales, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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17553990_1520514737981037_6367927819699384240_nWe’re telling tales tall and terrific at the Bookazine Children’s Bookfest today at The Repulse Bay!! So if you feel in need of a magical story from 5 fabulous authors and the wonderful Talespinners – come and join us from 11am to 5pm! You can even buy signed copies of our books – yay!! See you there!

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
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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!

Roosters are crowing all over Hong Kong!

February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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They’re in shop windows, arcades and doorways all over Hong Kong – they’re even on high heels! What a great celebration for the Year of the Rooster! And my Rickshaw Rooster, being very vain of course, thinks he’s the cock-a-doodliest of them all!

It’s official! New launch date for The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster!

February 1, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Book launches, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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And here’s your brand new invitation!

It’s going to be Funny and Fabulous and Harry and I can’t wait to see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP to Bookazine on phone number 2522 1785 OR at enquiries@bookazine.com.hk!

 

A proud Aussie Outback Rooster!

February 1, 2017 at 7:27 am | Posted in Rooster photos, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Say hello to a proud Aussie Outback Rooster, spotted by my good friend (and fan of the Chinese Calendar Tales) Jeanette Rengel from Western Australia. Isn’t he something? Thanks Jeanette for sending in this wonderful photo!

Lions are Rampant in Hong Kong!!

January 31, 2017 at 11:04 am | Posted in Chinese festivals, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Funny and Fabulous Lion Dance.jpgHello again! Here is a fabulous Lion in a Lion Dance at Hong Kong Airport for Chinese New Year! How many Lion Dances have you seen lately? Aren’t they fabulous!!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

January 28, 2017 at 7:29 am | Posted in Books about Chinese Zodiac, Chinese New Year, Chinese Zodiac, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Kung Hei Fat Choi – or on the mainland, Gong Xi Fa Chai – or, in Rooster language, Cock-a-doodle-doooooo!

A very Happy New Year of the Rooster to you and your loved ones from me and that noisy new member of the Chinese Calendar Tales family, Rickshaw Rooster!

Postponement of book launch

January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy darling Dad, John Dermod Brennan, passed away peacefully this morning, and my family and I are flying down to Brisbane to be with my mum and brother and sisters for the funeral. So we’re postponing the launch of Rickshaw Rooster for the moment. Here is my Dad smiling at me at one of the places he loved – Paradise Point in Queensland where he and my mum used to buy fish and chips and watch the pelicans. He was 90 in September and he lived a very full and interesting life. One day I hope to tell you more about him. Please spare a thought and a prayer for him on his next great journey.

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