The first draft of Raw Blue was written in June/July 2006. I didn’t know it at the time but I was pregnant with my first daughter. I worked in a kind of frenzy, telling my husband not to bother me when he asked if I wanted anything to eat, only taking time out when I had to work. Over the next two years
I gave up painting, I gave up art, I gave up believing, I gave up faith. I had what I called my emotional suicide, I gave up a lot of friendships with people, I just gave up believing in life really, and it’s taken me years to actually start loving and believing again. I realized that there was a greater idea of creativity.
Spring has brought a mix of swells after a winter that featured a looooong run of swell from the extreme south. The banks are good. And yesterday was one of those rare days when we all surfed ourselves sick. The sky is a sun-smacked blue. Every blade of grass seems sharply alive. My friend went spearfishing and had a run-in with a bull
Hello! The US cover for SUMMER SKIN has been out in the world for a little while now, but I am not known for my punctuality, so I am revealing it here and now! (Quick word from our sponsor – that is, me – SUMMER SKIN is published in the US and Canada on 29 May, by Feiwel & Friends.) Ta-dah! If you
Guys, I am doing a panel as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All-Day YA program. Big thanks to SWF and also the Stella Schools program for giving me the opportunity. I’m especially thrilled about this because I love my co-panellists: Randa Abdel-Fattah, Alice Pung and Bec Kavanagh. Details below: The Personal is Political With: Randa Abdel-Fattah, Alice Pung and Bec Kavanagh The
Hello! I am launching Erin Gough’s HOTLY ANTICIPATED second novel, Amelia Westlake. Erin is a 24-carat-gold person: super thoughtful, super smart, super writer. I can’t wait to do this event. And it goes without saying that if you’re going to be in Sydney town on Wednesday the 11th of April, we’d love you to join us. More details, and RSVP here Coming in April
Hello! I’m going to be hosting two writing workshops for teens at the Sydney branch of The Faber Academy in the July school holidays. Faber have been fantastic in trying to keep the cost down while delivering MAXIMUM value for participants. Teens can do one workshop, or the other, or both. Each workshop offers a different approach to story and writing, so there’s
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