events

Upcoming RADIO event

I had to shout the RADIO bit, because I really like RADIO. Remains to be seen whether RADIO really likes me – in fact, you can be the judge. I’m talking THE Alex Tighe at 7AM, this Wednesday morning (that’s the 14th of October) on SURG FM as part of their marathon charity broadcast. We will probably discuss eyebrows – chiefly his, soon to be

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guests

Where the magic happens for Sandy Fussell

Sandy Fussell’s gorgeously poignant picture book, Sad, the dog, has just been released (Walker Books, Australia, and Candlewick Press, United States – more details at the end of this post), but you may also know her from her popular Samurai Kids series, along with many other books. What you mightn’t know is that she has written those books through the best of times and the worst of

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curiosities & shiny things

Inbetween Days

I’ve been wanting to write about this book for a while now. But every time I went to do it, I felt like I hadn’t articulated my response strongly enough. So what I’m going to do instead is offer you an edited version of the email I sent to Vikki: … Inbetween Days, to me, represents the absolute best of what a work of literary fiction can be. You’ve done something

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guests

Where the magic happens for uni student & master criminal Alex Tighe

Okay, so you may have noticed that this post is a little late. That’s because I had to talk to my legal department. This next guest? Trouble. BIG trouble. Lock up your lanyards, that’s all I’ve got to say.  Well, actually, of course I’ve got more to say – I’ve got a reputation as being longwinded to uphold. I first met Alex Tighe at

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What I’ve been up to lately

Three things! 1. We just finished the proofread of SUMMER SKIN. I say ‘we’ because, of course, it’s not just me doing it – that would be dreadful; so many msistakes would slip through unnoticed. I should feel a bit emotional about it being done, because it’s one step closer to waving bye-bye to the characters, and saying, ‘Hello, world, list for me the

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guests

Where the magic happens for Justine Larbalestier

What I’ve found about writing YA is that at some point you realise you’re part of an ongoing dialogue about YA. When I started to consider things like gender bias, the perception that realist novels are somehow better than fantasy novels, diversity, or the role of YA as viewed from the perspective of readers who are actually young adults, sooner or later I’d find that

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Movies – I have seen ’em lately

Apropos nothing – here are three things I’ve viewed lately. First: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Got to see this courtesy of Allen & Unwin’s advanced screening. It’s a lovely film. The icing was the parents – Connie Britton! – and the real-boyness of the main character. I haven’t read Jesse Andrews’ novel, but I will, and I greatly admired his screenplay. Thumbs up.

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guests

Where the magic happens for Shelleyrae (Book’d Out)

Okay, I asked this next guest to do a post for me as a personal favour. Because here’s the thing: I am in awe of her discipline. Shelleyrae reads and reviews around six books a week on her blog, Book’d Out, and has kept up that pace for the last FIVE YEARS. So what could be better than for me to come along and ask

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surfing & the sea

Surfing outbrain

Just because it’s Friday and you might need a little ‘traffic outbrain’. I actually don’t even know what that means, I just notice it comes up in the address bar when you click on a ‘junk food for your mind’ type news story instead of a serious news story. First this: My brother-in-law alerted me to it. I chose to watch it on

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guests

Where the magic happens for Ellie Marney

One thing that shines through with Ellie Marney is her ENERGY. The lady’s got it in spades. And she uses her energy for good; she uses it to SHAKE SHITE UP. If you’re not already aware of it, she has been a driving force behind the #LoveOzYA campaign (you can read what Ellie has to say about it here) something I think anyone who loves Australian stories, in

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Things I have loved so much this week that I need to share them in case they are magic for you too include:  

1. Aurora. Just generally. Full stop necessary. But also Aurora talking about her new book shelf… https://t.co/05bhHmBVld

Me and my friend Em this morning. She was racing down the line to run me over. ⁣

In all seriousness I am glad you were around today to run me over emmalincolnsmith Would be lost without you mate 🖤Glad creative… https://t.co/I19vA471cN

This show killed me. I came to Phoebe Waller Bridge via Season 1 of Killing Eve (🖤) and then Crashing (🖤) but Fleabag finished me off. First ep, I thought it was clever. By the third she’d got me in the guts. The… https://t.co/sjHJ44X6cT

Nick and me and Screen NSW giving us the THUMBS UP, BABY! We just got development funding for rawbluethefilm - We are so happy and can’t believe it really, because with film production presently at a standstill,… https://t.co/giv4sLqBds

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