Storm Whale is short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

October 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Book reviews, Buying my books, Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2018, Shortlist Book Awards, Storm Whale | Leave a comment
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I’m sooooo excited! Storm Whale, my beautiful children’s book illustrated by Jane Tanner and published by Allen and Unwin, has just been short-listed with five other books for the Children’s Literature category of the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2018! I’m so grateful to Jane for her stunning paintings, and the work of Allen and Unwin’s children’s team, led by Erica Wagner, and to my agent Julie Watts, who all made the book possible! We find out who wins in each category some time in November! Cross your fingers for me! If you want to read the lovely comments made by the panel, just click here! If you’d like to see one of the pages in our lovely book, here it is below:

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And if you’d like to buy a copy,  you can purchase here with Book Depository!

Another fun day at PLK CKY School!

November 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Poetry Workshops for kids | Leave a comment
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Today I had a lot of fun with the fabulous Grade 4s of PLK CKY School at Piper’s Hill, Hong Kong, in three busy sessions, with my Introduction to  Poetry Workshop. The sessions ended with some great group work completing a poem called Let’s Destroy the School in perfect rhythm and rhyme! Many thanks to the fabulous Joli Moore, primary librarian, for hosting me!

My Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition starts NOW!

February 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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A very Happy Year of the Ram (or Sheep or Goat) to you! It’s time for my next competition – and this time, of course, it’s all about sheep! I want you to write me a fun poem all about a single sheep, or a flock of sheep, or a ram, or a goat – in fact any woolly animal that runs around in a paddock and says “baaaa”! It can be any sort of poem – rhyming verse, or an acrostic, or a haiku, or a limerick, or even a knock knock joke! You can even write some weally woolly free verse! I’ll be looking for excellent vocabulary, great ideas, good spelling, and above all, something to make me smile! So this time it’s a fun one and I wish you lots of fun writing it! Deadline for entries is Friday 10th April, so you’d better start dreaming up your poem right away! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the details!

Giddy Up! The Handsome Horse Poem Competition starts NOW!

February 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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It’s the Year of the Horse, so what better way to gallop off to a great start than to enter my new Clever Competition for primary school students! And of course, the topic is HORSES! I want you to write me a poem all about a horse, or horses! It can be any sort of poem, be that an acrostic or a haiku or rhyming verse or free verse, or even a limerick or knock knock joke! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the details. The ten best winners in each category will become world famous right away when they are published on my blog – since I get visits to my blog from all corners of the globe! The deadline is Friday 28th March, so you’d better giddy up and get writing!

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