Festivals and things
I’m very chuffed to have been invited to two exciting festivals.
The first is the Bayside Children’s Literary Festival on 11 August, where I’ll be chatting about all things writing during one of the sessions. The event is being run by the wonderful Ulysses Bookstore in Sandringham. School groups interested in attending can contact Tracey from Ulysses on 95218020.
The other event I’ve been invited to is the annual Somerset Celebration of Literature, which will be happening from Wednesday 15 March to Friday 17 March (2017) on the Gold Coast in Queensland. I’m not sure which sessions I’ll be involved in yet, but I’m really looking forward to taking part in this exciting event.
Great news – Helix and the Arrival has made the Notable list for the Younger Readers section of The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Awards.
I must admit, I didn’t even know the Notable list (which is kind of like a long list) was being announced today. The short list will be announced on May 20, followed by the winner in August some time.
In the meantime, I get to sit in excellent company as you can see to the right!
The last little bit of 2015
It’s been a great year for me with Helix and the Arrival being published in July. What I’ve enjoyed most is visiting school groups where I’ve talked about Helix and writing in general. In November I visited Carnegie, Sandringham and Sandringham East primary schools. Carnegie had started to read my book in their grade 4 classes, so it was fabulous to get their initial reaction. All of the reviews of Helix have been positive (phew!), which is a good thing. And I’m pleased that adults are enjoying the book as much as children.
What’s next? Well, a lot of young readers have asked me if I’ll be writing another Helix book. It’s quite possible I will, but right now I have a new story in my head that is itching to get out. All I’ll say for the moment is that it involves an alien on Earth. More to come on my new book soon…
Last of all, check out this photo of a fossil I found at the beach in Melbourne yesterday. Isn’t it fantastic? And isn’t the world a brilliant a fascinating place! The fossil has a fancy name (Lovenia woodsi), but its regular name is heart urchin.
Bye until 2016.
I’ve just returned from England, where I got my fix of ‘old things’. We did lots of walking and too much eating! I visited wonderful, historic cities like Bath, York, Lincoln and London of course. Now, I’m raring to go on my NEW novel – more on that soon!
Something exciting now. I’ll be at Ulysses Bookstore in Sandringham, as part of the Sandringham Village Festival on Sunday 25 October, signing copies of Helix and the Arrival from 11am-12pm. If you can make it down, I’d love to meet you and sign your copy. And Ulysses will have plenty of fresh copies available to purchase on the day if you’d like to buy one.
It’s been a really busy two weeks or so, especially as Book Week in Australia has just been and gone. The photo on the left shows Helix and the Arrival on display at Armadale Primary School’s book fair. Thanks Armadale!
I’ve spoken to hundreds of students, ranging from grade three through to six about Helix and the Arrival. Special thanks to the following primary schools that made me so very welcome: Armadale, Elsternwick, Elwood, Fendalton and Ripponlea.
I’ll be taking a short break overseas now (long-awaited mind-clearing holiday) and then getting back into my writing routine in October, which is what I enjoy most. I’m also looking forward to doing more school visits, so please contact me through this website if you’re interested.
Helix and the Arrival was launched at Kidna Books on 18 July. I think we managed to cram about 100 people into Kidna’s cosy confines. Thanks so much to Sonder who sang a Stone Age version of In the Jungle. And thank you to the wonderful Clare Renner who spoke so eloquently on the day.
In other exciting news, Read How You Want, a specialist publisher, is publishing Helix in large print and braille. This means a lot, as Helix will now be accessible to a greater number of readers.
Helix and the Arrival has arrived! You should be able to find it in a heap of bookshops throughout Australia and New Zealand. It’s also available online if that’s your preference, as both an eBook and papery version.
Check out the fabulous window display (right) at Kidna Books in Hampton, where I’ll be having my launch on 18 July.
Helix and the Arrival is almost here! I’m looking forward to the launch which will be held at Kidna Books at 422 Hampton Street, Hampton (that’s Melbourne) on Saturday 18 July from 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. It should be a great day – food, drink, song and books. What more could you ask for!?
Wow! It’s getting close to that day (1 July) when Helix and the Arrival gets thrown out of its cave and released into the real world.
My publisher, Random House Australia, have been doing a wonderful job making the finishing touches to Helix, and I think as I write this, the first copies are probably close to being printed.
What I’m looking forward to most of all is finding out what readers think. My plan is to talk to as many schools as I can during July and August, so if you’re interested, please contact me through this website.
Helix and the Arrival will be published by Random House on 1 July 2015. The story is about a sensitive Stone Age guy, Helix, who is about to turn thirteen and undergo his Arrival test. The Arrival is when caveboys become caveman (in theory). Problem being, Helix isn’t your typical thump ’em, bash ’em, club ’em type. He’s more of a thinker than a whacker (sort of like me).
Helix is aimed at 9-12 year-olds, though like with lots of children’s books, I’m hoping bigger kids (13-100) like it as well. The story is funny and heartfelt, plus it’s full of adventure. And it’s a book for both boys and girls.
My publisher has done a great job working with the designer and illustrator to create the cover. And I’ve been working very hard with my editor over the past few months to make the book as wonderful as it can be. Jules Faber, artist extraordinaire, has drawn about 30 illustrations that are included throughout the book.
More updates to come as Helix makes it closer to publication …