Room to Read, SCBWI, I AM JACK- love it!

Room to Read, SCBWI, I AM JACK- love it!

SCBWI Queensland with ARA Sheryl GwytherKids’ authors are on the move – sharing with fabulous authors at festivals, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI events, travelling from the Gold Coast to speak at SCBWI with best ever writing and illustrator friends like:-

Sheryl Gwyther, Pamela Rushby, Carolyn Magerl, Dimity Powell, Dee White …. and more. Even caught up with Leonie Tyle who’s a literary agent now, former RandomHouse and UQP publisher.

It was a mega event that started at 10 am  and ended at 7 p.m. Can we authors and illustrators party!!!!!

Just back from the Newcastle Writers Festival – speaking to hundreds of kids about I Am Jack and catching up with brilliant authors and illustrators like: –

Deborah Abela, Kaz Delaney, Anna Feinberg, Matt Ottley, Sarah Davis, Alyssa Brugman …. and new authors and illustrators too like Susan Whelan … there’s so much talent on our Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter Valley in NSW.

Room to Read – we’ve got a huge talent of reaching 10 million kids by the end of 2015.

So far Room to read has reached 9 million kids and women in the developing world with literacy – building libraries, books, putting in literacy programmes, giving girls a chance with education …. and more.  I am very proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read with some of Australia’s (and the world’s) most renowned authors and illustrators :-

of course Deborah Abela and Sarah Davis – SCBWI leaders – as well as Markus Zusak, Melina Marchetta, Oliver Phommavannh, Tristan Bancks, Belinda Murrell, Kate Forsyth, Jacqueline Harvey and …. stars.

Room to Read Writer AmbassadorsDeb Abela and Susanne Gervay at Room to ReadTristan, Deborah and I just did video clips for the Room to Read World Challenge – they’ll be coming out soon and we’re determined to get to our target – 10 million kids reading!!!!

I am off to the USA soon on an ‘I AM JACK’ tour speaking at Salisbury University’s Literature Festival and the International reading Association as well as schools.

I’m back in time for the start of the ‘I AM JACK’ Australian tour with Monkey Baa Theatre in theatres across Australia – we’re going to make the world safer with real cultural change – no to bullying!.

…. and there’s so much happening this year.

I LOVE being a kids’ author!!!!!!!!!

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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