Loved speaking at Brisbane Writers Festival & thankyou to HarperCollins for a fabulous dinner

Loved speaking at Brisbane Writers Festival & thankyou to HarperCollins for a fabulous dinner

Farrin Jacobs Editorial Directo Harpercollins USA, Shona Martyn MD Harpercollins Australia, Brisbane Writers FestivalHad the BEST day speaking at the Brisbane Writers Festival in the state of art Queensland State Library alongside the Brisbane River – it is a very special cultural precinct.

Loved catching up with my friends and colleagues there – Emily Rhodda, James Roy, Tristan Banks, Maria Hill, my publisher from HarperCollins and the fabulous publisher Maryann Ballantyne and lots of people.

It was very special seeing Coralie who came to my session. She was part of the CBCA Sutherland Shire – what a wonderful supporter and friend.

Thankyou to Shona Martyn MS HarperCollins for the best dinner ever . I sat b-

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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