Writers Go Crazy in November as XMAS starts %@#

Writers Go Crazy in November as XMAS starts %@#

Funny dog asking writer a question imageHow do you feeling about our crazy life?

Ask the PUG!!!!!!

Can any more events, parties, book fairs, get togethers …. be squished into the 4 weeks before December’s Christmas!!!!!!

It’s on … we’re heading for the turkey and an almighty crash!

Diary of November 2013:-

–  Celebrations of Hazel Edwards receiving an Order of Australia – YEAH!

– MC for SCBWI’s INSIDE STORY with our loved authors & illustrators at The Children’s Book Beecroft telling the inside story of creating their books including Deborah Abela, Tony Flowers, Yvette Poshoglian, Jan Latta, Christopher Cheng and more.

– Lunch with assistant editor of School Magazine – LOVE Sue Murray – a talented playwright as well as editor

–  Sharon Rundle editor and friend and I went off to the launch of  ‘A Country Too Far’  at Glee Books- caught up with professor Elizabeth Webby and Tom Keneally, Rosie Scott and others.

–  brilliant theatre at the opening at The Ensemble of ‘Rapture Blister Burn’

– catching up with my favourite actor Tim McGarry to talk about the I AM JACK USA tour for 2014

– Society of Women Writers’ at the State Library – lunch and collect a prize for ‘Ships in the Field’ – lovely

– Christmas celebrations at the CBCA lunch Northern Branch – catching up with children’s laureate Alison Lester and fabulous illustrator Sarah Davis

-Unleased Writers Festival in Sydney – loved speaking about the journey of writing with the audience

– post Unleashed Festival shared the book industry over dinner with publisher Paul Collins and author James Roy

– I’m the prize on e-bay for the UNLEASHED FESTIVAL!  Talented author Mo Johnson won me – well a mini mentorship!

– Caught up with Sue Meyer at the Francis Keevil Gallery to se Sue’s beautiful art

Elistein insanity photo– lunching with the fabulous authors Meredith Costain & Louise Park for Christmas cheer

– dinner with my wonderful publisher Lisa Berryman from HarperCollins to share news and my new book JACK 4 – yet untitled!

– coffee with Jesse Blackadder – love her last book STAY the last dog in Antartica -at The Hughenden  who’s down in Sydney for a minute meeting her publishers

– my darling friend Kim’s 40th birthday

– the Australian Publisher Association party – sooo good and caught up with the HarperCollins team there.

– speaking at my old school Daceyville’s Creative Writing Festival – aaahhhhh – memories

– Books in Homes committee meeting selecting books for indigenous & disadvantaged kids – great charity

– launching Margaret Roc’s ‘Jellybean Goes to School’ at the Lindfield Learning Hub – lots of jellybeans and love Margaret

– the SCBWI BOOK FAIR at The Hughenden with some of our best ever authors like Sopgie Masson. kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Deborah Abela and the lsit goes on.

– at the BOOK FAIR supporting ROOM TO READ www.roomtoread.org – loved seeing Jennie Orchard, Wendy Rapee, Cathy and Margaret and the Room to Read team.

– MC for Susan Wyndham’s talk on her book she edited and contributed to   ‘My Mother. my Father’ (Allen & Unwin) with authors Margaret Rice and Gerard Windsor – such great wrietrs  at The Hughenden. Buy the book for Christmas.

Phew – that’s November!


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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