Writers in the Environment at Brewongle Sackville in Australia

Writers in the Environment at Brewongle Sackville in Australia

Brewongle Environmental Centre  is nestled in between eucalyptus trees and red banskia bush. I drove over the Hawkesbury river, then through villages, fields and into bushland.  I loved crossed the river on the Sackville ferry. The  craggy sandstone reddish cliffs are beautiful.

Brewongle is a NSW Education Department environmental school, learning centre and bush retreat.

Authors Simon French, Sue Whiting, James Roy and I were there to inspire talented kids to write.

The kids ran into the 1878 sandstone school house with its wooden porch and stone masonry wash stand hand. They scrambled into old wooden school benches with inkwells and pen nibs and we had a special time.

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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