Seadogs

My next picture book, Seadog, is due for March 2013 release. Here is our dog, Emmi, who inspired the story.At Torquay on Sunday, we saw myriad other seadogs. There’s nothing like watching a dog race along the beach to show pure joy.   

Back to kinder

I’ve just spent a lovely, noisy hour at kinder reading books. It’s the kinder where all our children attended…it’s even the same teacher. My children, one now adult, the other two teenagers will no longer sit and let me read picture books to...

CBCA Book Awards Short List Announcements

Today saw the announcement of the long, and then 4 hours later, the short list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Awards. Nervous times, when you know your book has been entered. Disappointment, no matter how you’d steeled yourself,...

Favourite childhood books

At dinner at a friend’s place last night, conversation flowed from one subject to another, and often back again. We discussed the changing position of Cerberus, a ship in the bay (which was put there as a breakwater), the various merits of boarding schools,...