August is one of the busiest times for writers in Melbourne. It’s the time of year when the Melbourne Writers Festival is on, and it’s when we celebrate Book Week. This year I have two sessions at the festival. I’m really looking forward to it. School groups and individuals can come along. It would be … Continued
Last week I received an email from Sekolah Ciputra in Indonesia. Three Year 6 classes have been reading Dragonkeeper and this has inspired the students to make 65 papier-mâché dragons. That’s right 65! They then created a lovely park setting for them. Apparently it took them five weeks and they used 100s of newspapers, 25 litres of … Continued
I have started writing Book 6 of the Dragonkeeper series. This book, as yet untitled, follows on after Blood Brothers and Shadow Sister, and will finish the second trilogy that features Tao as Kai’s human companion. Writing sequels is sometimes a pleasure, sometimes a pain. It’s a challenge to come up with new and, hopefully, original … Continued
Warning: This blogpost is not for the squeamish, or those who think that dragons are cute and cuddly. This is the (long overdue) second part of a study of 50 different ways to slay a dragon. You can find the first part here. Divine assistance Dragonslayers with holy connections call on divine assistance to help … Continued
Tomorrow is National Bookshop Day. It’s a day when Australians get out and support their local bookshops, celebrating the fact we have so many terrific bookshops. The great thing about bookshops is, not only do they have all the books we want to buy, they are staffed by wonderful booksellers who know all about books and can … Continued
There is a new story from the world of Dragonkeeper available on my downloads page. It is called Pema’s Story. If you’ve been wondering what happened to Pema between the end of Blood Brothers and the beginning of Shadow Sister, now you can find out.
It will soon be time for the Melbourne Writers Festival, and I’m very pleased to have several sessions on the program this year. One is already booked out, so if you’d like to come along it might be a good idea to book soon. School groups and individuals are welcome at all sessions except for the … Continued
Here is the first ever drawing I’ve received of Sunila from Shadow Sister. It was drawn by Ashlyn of Sydney.
It is 50 years today since I saw the Beatles. It was in Adelaide. I was a month shy of 14. It was the biggest day of my life. I remember walking from the train station to Centennial Hall by myself and having a small panic. Had I got the time right? The right date? … Continued
YA author, and as it happens my daughter, Lili Wilkinson has tagged me for this writers’ blog tour. She can write novels while simultaneously doing a PhD and, as she likes to say, “gestating a tiny human”. I wish I could do that. (Work on more than one thing at once, I mean. I don’t … Continued