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A publishing contract with Hachette!

I’m so thrilled to share with you that this week I signed a publishing contract with Hachette for my debut young adult novel, Even the ocean! It’s due to be published in February 2023. This is a verse novel about two fifteen-year-olds living in Melbourne during 2020, trying to hold on to their creativity despite…

11 March 2022 | Reading

You don’t have to finish reading a book

Permission granted – you don’t have to finish reading a book. Perhaps you’re gasping with horror right now – surely if you start reading a book, you need to finish reading it. Why? Do you have an obligation to the author? Will the author know you started their book but didn’t enjoy it enough to…

The Stella longlist 2022

Earlier this week, I attended the announcement of the Stella Prize longlist on behalf of Springfield, one of Stella’s sponsors. Wonderful night for the 10th Stella Prize, a prize awarded annually to Australian women and non-binary writers – the descriptions of each of the 12 longlisted books made me want to read them all. The…

25 February 2022 | Children's Fiction, verse novel, Writing

Where do ideas come from?

Thank you so much to all the new blog readers, especially the year seven students who have signed up – I really appreciate your support! My middle-grade verse novel Y is a crooked letter will be published next year and I’ll start working on the structural edit in a couple of months. I thought I…