Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Believing In Yourself

I believe that one of the hardest things to do as a young person in trying to realise your dreams, is to believe in yourself. Time and again I hear people who are grown up referring to the advice given when they were young of someone older (and maybe wiser) along the lines of- "Go for it! Give it a go! Believe in yourself! You’ll find a way!’’ and this bit of encouragement has helped them realise their dreams. 

So as an author who loves the work she is doing with kids all over the world, I’m giving it to you. "Go on- believe in yourself. You can do it! And help your dreams comes true.

I'd like to share some of the things I have learnt along the way, and in doing so, becoming that voice of encouragement. 

Please feel free to circulate this to your friends. 

Warm wishes, 


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A poetry reading & an interview on Life Matters

A reading of I Love You Book at Kido store in Clovelly, where my grandchildren helped me read the story in a gorgeous kid's atmosphere, complete with a bed for the children to sit on!

The poetry reading at the Harold Park Pub (Poets in The Pub, a monthly reading organised by Roberta Lowing) of poems for my upcoming poetry book, Collecting Evidence.

At the ABC studio - photo by Tracey Trompf

In an interview on Life Matters for I Love You Book I say the story is a homage to the paper book, it is celebrating the sensory aspects of it with Heath McKenzies lively artwork. I made sure it is not a denial of the place of technology in kid's lives today with an illustration of a kid's bedroom complete with TV and computer. The essential message is cuddle up with a book and let your imagination go.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

An exciting week for poetry and books!

It's been an exciting week for poetry and books. Early on in the week, I did a reading at Lesley McKay's bookshop in Woollahra with a live fairy performing actions for, I Love You Book.

I gave a talk last night at the launch of Australian Poetry Ltd, where 150 people turned up at the Australia Council building in Surry Hills. Brendan Cowell MC'd the event and Bob Adamson gave a couple of poetry readings. I spoke about the importance of poetry in education and how it can help your children think more creatively.

A message from Ben Lee in Los Angeles 

Ben Lee, Brendan Cowell and Kylie Farmer were announced as Cultural Ambassadors for Australian Poetry.

And,  a student of mine, Ambrose McNamara read her fine poem.

Leah Greengarten the NSW Director organised a stunning event!

Here are some more images from the big night...

In between these events, I dined at the Hughendon Hotel in Woollahra and met Lucy Christopher of the novel, Stolen, fame. It was great to hear of the work she is doing in the UK and Wales. And, I hope to visit her when I am in England next.