NT Book of the Year 2016!

27th July 2016
Nona & Me

Thrilled to announce that Nona & Me is the joint winner of Territory Read 2016, the NT Book of the Year Award, along with Mary Anne Butler‘s fantastic play Highway of Lost Hearts. Got this snap with the wonderful Johanna Bell who, aside from being a great friend, author, and the creative producer […]

CBCA! Hip hip hooray!

24th August 2015
Nona & Me

My oh-so-lovely publisher, Black Inc, agreed to send me to Melbourne for the CBCA award announcements. It was so fantastic to be there in person…and even more fantastic for Nona & Me to be announced as as HONOUR BOOK for Older Readers in 2015! Here is a blurry photo (because […]

Awesome hip hop clip from Yirrkala peeps

10th August 2015
Nona & Me, Personal

Every year around the start of August I see photos of the Garma Festival online and start to get incredibly homesick for Yirrkala. Well, this video tops it. It’s a hip-hop piece with fun, funky beats…plus it features heaps of friends and familiar faces…watch it for a great insight into the […]

Watch the Nona & Me mini-film!

6th July 2015
Nona & Me

Want to actually SEE where Nona & Me was set? Here is a little film giving you a tour around some of the key locations in Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala! I am so excited to share this beautiful piece, starring the wonderful Siena and Nanukala, and created by The Mulka Project, […]

Reading Matters – schedule of speaking events

28th May 2015
Nona & Me, Public events

Reading Matters starts in Melbourne tomorrow! It’s not too late to buy tickets and come along! If you want to try to catch one of my sessions here’s the rundown: Friday 29th May  3.45 – 4.15pm Fresh Meet Saturday 30th May  9.40 – 10.30am We need diverse books 2 – 2.30pm Literary […]

Reading Matters, here I come…

28th May 2015
Nona & Me, Public events

Today, I’m flying to Melbourne, via a three hour stopover in Alice Springs, arriving just in time for the authors’ meet and greet for Reading Matters. I’m excited and honoured to be talking at what I’m told is one of the biggest, best and most enjoyable conferences for YA authors […]

Why there’s no Nona

13th May 2015
Nona & Me, Personal

This is my latest blog post as the Inside A Dog author in residence. I thought Nona & Me readers might be curious to know these answers too! Here goes… As Nona & Me is read by more people, there is one question that keeps appearing. The book is called […]

CBCA…still pinching myself…

14th April 2015
Nona & Me

I think my heart stopped. I could hear it in my ears. Ba boom ba boom…and then…holy moly…there it is: Nona & Me shortlisted for the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year for Older Readers. I had actually given up. I saw the Notables announced […]

INKY-ed

26th March 2015
Nona & Me

Very excited to have been longlisted for the 2015 Inky Awards! The list was officially announced at Somerset, which meant I had the pleasure of wrestling with fellow long-lister Melissa Keil (for The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl) over the Inside a Dog dog…does that dog have a name? I […]

Somerset, oh, Somerset.

25th March 2015
Nona & Me, On writing, Public events

My first writers’ festival – the Somerset Celebration of Literature. What a blast. So many great experiences crammed in to three days. Like the total newbie I am in this YA writing world, I went to see as many authors talk about their books as I could. What? Oh yes, […]