Claire’s Blog

Formerly Nee

A little while ago I was asked to play with clay, an invitation to contribute to an exhibition about female antecedents and how their lives were...

A very coolish draft

I love taking pictures, particularly of gum flowers and gumnuts. There are so many different shapes, sizes and colours. Even on the same tree there...

Filling the Well

Filling the well Writing can drain your brain. Well, it certainly can drain mine. I try to keep topping up during a project, but when I've handed in...

No Small Shame

'From the harshness of a pit village in Scotland to the upheaval of wartime, No Small Shame tells a moving story of love and duty, loyalty and...

There Was an Old Sailor

Last year, 'There Was an Old Sailor' was released with a fresh new cover. The original was published Feb 1 2010. I had planned a birthday...

Anzac resources

Anzac Resources Anzac Day is fast approaching and it's going to look different this year, particularly for teachers and students. 'Meet the Anzacs'...

Time travel

Today, I'm visiting Allison Tait's Writing for Kids blog, talking about time travelling to the past. I talk about what it was like to research...

Shorebirds Competition

Where I live, in Hobsons Bay, we have birds! Some stay around all year, others visit on their way north and south. Some live in the big park behind...

Rainbows

How stunning is Melbourne's autumn weather? It's just about perfect (unless you're trying to record a story reading in the back yard - then there's...

Look closely

Every year, about this time of year, I remember that I want to plant sunflowers because ... well ... they are just fabulous aren't they? They grow...

What’s in your birdbath?

I love Autumn in Melbourne. The days are mild, the nights are cool. Blue skies are everywhere! I have several routes for my daily walk and all are...

Be Curious

Yesterday, on my walk, I took a turn down a lane. We have a few lanes remaining in our suburb, although most have been closed/bought/built over. But...

On my walk today

It's very easy to get caught in your own head, particularly as everything changes outside it. Walking is my way of putting my world into perspective...

Update March 2020

Update March 2020

Update March 2020 Haywire Haywire, my first novel, has hit the bookshops! Haywire is based on the true story of the Dunera voyage and the internees...