2017 Writerly Roundup

Well what a big year 2017 has been! From the launch of our new children’s book Dancing Charli to some amazing events to come in 2018. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened:

Dancing Charli launch

Dancing Charli arrived in late 2016 and a launch date organised in early 2017. It was wonderful to receive the support of Lake Macquarie City Libraries who hosted the event at their Belmont branch. The wonderful staff there (special thanks to Rachel and Nat) created an amazing diorama showing all of the places Charli and Gordon visit in their adventure.

After the launch reading, we all celebrated with cupcakes, crest hats and conga lines.



Launch of the Lake Macquarie City Libraries vehicle ‘The Rover.’

Lorraine and I were fortunate enough to be a part of the launch of a new Mobile Library service vehicle called ‘The Rover.’ This multi-use vehicle visits retirement villages, shopping centres, remote areas not serviced by a branch library



History Illuminated

I enjoyed reading a short piece for As It Happened: Family history yarns from across the Hunter This evening was a part of History Illuminated – a project organised by Lake Macquarie libraries in conjunction with the Hunter Writers Centre.


Hunter Writers Centre – Live Reads

The first Tuesday of each month sees the Hunter Writers Centre Live Reads. I have had the pleasure of reading at several of these reads throughout 2017.

Hunter Writers Centre ‘Read, Write, Love’ Project

I was fortunate enough to have a story – ‘The Colours of Love’ – included in the Hunter Writers Centre Read, Write, Love Project.

Grieve Live Read

I felt honoured to read a powerful piece Grieve Live Read. This reading is built around the presentation of the awards for the Grieve competition organised by the Hunter Writer Centre.  The anthology is available for purchase here: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/sample-works.html

CBCA (Newcastle sub-branch) Lunch with the Stars 2017

It was a spectacular day at the CBCA (Newcastle sub-branch) ‘Lunch with the Stars’ for 2017. I had a wonderful time with the students from Tarro Public School and enjoyed the company of the other stars. Oliver Phommavanh was a blast as special guest speaker.


Sue Hines Workshop

I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘Getting Published’ workshop by the wonderful Sue Hines. Having such an extensive in the publishing industry, Sue’s knowledge is without match. Her sage advice will stay with for me many years to come. Highly recommended workshop.

Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship 2018

Finally, near the end of every year, I start to look to what the next twelve months may hold. In mid-December, I was thrilled to be selected as a recipient of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship for 2018. It was inspiring to read that the panel were ‘impressed by your display of vibrant writing, originality, and a project that was well thought out.’ I am excited to be heading to the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre next year for a two-week retreat.


I wish everyone a wonderful New Year and I’m looking forward to keeping everyone updated on my happenings over the next twelve months.