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Dear readers,

Having left the heartbreakingly beautiful Bruny Island, I have returned to live full-time on the ‘Big Island’ of lutruwita/Tasmania. For anyone who suspects I might be suffering from Nature Deficit Syndrome right now, there is no cause for concern. I live on a foothill of the majestic mountain, kunanyi, where I can walk out my front door and soak up enough Nature Therapy to ameliorate the frustrations of early 21st century living (most of the time, anyway). While living only six kilometres from the centre of nipaluna/Hobart, I can follow tracks along the forested banks of mountain streams, then watch and wait by waterfalls and pools for a sight of an elusive, but sometimes seen, platypus. Another day I can contemplate the mossy remains of 19th or 20th century stone huts, which their owners built as ‘shacks’ to get away from the summer heat and the hustle and bustle of civilisation – as they knew it.

I admit that I have paid scant attention to my website of late – my only excuse being that there has been too much going on in my tiny life. Plans for updating and restructuring my website are afoot, but in the meantime, I have some exciting writing news to share.

  • My next children’s picture book with CSIRO Publishing, ‘Tardigrades: nature’s toughest survivors’ is almost ready to go to press, hopefully for release on 1 October 2024. I can’t wait to reveal its striking cover, but it’s currently under wraps. What’s a tardigrade, I hear you say? They are microscopic creatures with survival super-powers that could blow your mind!

  • In February this year, my poem, Recipe for a Democracy Sausage, was published in the latest Ginninderra Press poetry anthology, Telling Australia’s Truth, edited by Stephen Matthews. Sadly, ill-health has forced, Stephen, publisher of my poetry book, A Reckless Descent from Eternity, into  retirement. He and his wife, Brenda, have been heroes on the Australian literary scenes for many years. I thank them both for their immense contribution to Australian literature and wish Debbie Lee, the new owner of Ginninderra Press, all the best with her new publishing venture.
  • I have also three children’s stories, The Tower of Rinbringel, The Rats of Rumbarrel Island, and A Ding Dong Day, accepted for publication in The Lovesong Tree & Other Whimsies, a collection of stories for children, selected and edited by the faboulous Tasmanian children’s writer, Carol Ann Martin. The Lovesong Tree will raise funds to support refugees.

 

  • My children’s story, ‘Benji, you’re a Legend’ has been accepted for publication in Australia’s most-loved and longest-running literary for children, The School Magazine, published by the NSW Department of Education. More to come on Benji, and his attempts to become a sporting legend like his big brother.

  • And finally, after nine years as Coordinator (eight years as Co-coordinator with Christina Booth) of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Tasmania, I have now stepped down from the leadership role. The new SCBWI TAS Coordinators, Fiona Levings and Reena Balding, are an inspiringly talented and creative team, and I have no doubt that SCBWI TAS will go from strength to strength under their watch. In the meantime, I’m enjoying being an ordinary member of the extraordinary global community of children’s book writers and illustrators that is SCBWI.