The annual YABBA ceremony was held in Williamstown this year (a lot closer for me than last year’s Frankston). YABBA is 25 this year, a great achievement for these children’s choice book awards. It’s lovely to be part of them, seeing the children and the creators of the books they love.

This year, authors and illustrators were asked to share a secret about their characters. I chose instead to identify the setting in one of my books as being Marysville. I hadn’t named the town my character travelled to, but now it’s like the old town can live on a little in my story…even if I’m the only one who recognises it!