Ahhh, Science! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I became a scientist at the age of four when curiosity reared its head. It was the day my mother killed a chook. My father reckoned its head was still attached by invisible threads. Mum, … Continue reading Curiosity, dead chooks, science and the S.T.E.M. push
A week ago, my husband joined a small group of refugee advocates outside No-man’s Land and the barbed-wire fences at the Pinkenba Immigration Detention Transit Centre in Brisbane. They were trying to throw tennis balls over the fences – unsuccessfully. Ross, being a resourceful physics … Continue reading Tennis balls, FORTRESS AUSTRALIA and Hope
I know schools are being stretched tight with funding and they must prioritise where the money goes. But, an increasing number of my author and illustrator colleagues are being asked to appear for free at schools who say they can't afford to pay. Surely, one … Continue reading Should authors work for free?
I’m a children's author. My job is to tell stories to Australian children and beyond our shores. Stories that will stir them, make them laugh, take them into another world, stories that will make them think. I don't expect to win a literary prize any … Continue reading My fellow Australians….especially those who abhor arty types like me
Ever heard of the SLAQ/IASL? No? Neither had I before getting involved in the Australian school librarians’ push to get better conditions in school libraries, and then the Government inquiry into the issue. Last week, Brisbane was the lucky Australian city to host the School … Continue reading SCHOOL LIBRARIANS OF THE WORLD converge on Brisbane