All Saints Festival – one sleep to go

April 4, 2011

Categories: All Saints Festival, Ananda Braxton-Smith, Carole Wilkinon, Merrow, Storylines, sugar sugar

Somehow the All Saints Storylines Festival is upon us and I’m not sure how that happened. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the festival – sounds like Perth is having a heat wave so that should be a shock to the system after Melbourne’s non-summer.

A congrats here to authors Carole Wilkinson for Sugar Sugar‘s appearance in the 2011 White Ravens and Ananda Braxton-Smith for her shortlisting in the Arealias Awards for her book Merrow. Both great reads – both worth catching up with if you haven’t already.

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short, scary and unemployed…

April 6, 2010

Categories: black dog books, Carole Wilkinson, short and scary, sugar sugar, Williamstown Literary Festival 2010

As I printed out my Williamstown Literary Festival 2010 (WLF 2010) welcoming letter, I noted near the end that if I had a website or blog or facebook I should be touting the WLT 2010 wherever possible.

I do have a website and a blog and a Facebook account.

I am a failure at all of these cyberspace tools.

I’ve admitted it before. I was talking to another writer about it recently and came to the conclusion that I am an extremely private person. I guard my privacy . I wonder why? It’s not like I’m afraid the paparazzi are going to hang around my front gate or go through my rubbish.

Anyway, I did want to note that I have left black dog books as Managing Editor and have taken a chance to draw breath. The decision to leave was a hard one to make. What a fantastic job! What great scope there was for artistic input. In the end, though, I felt there wasn’t much left over for my own personal artistic output. Before I left, however, I was blessed to work on two great publications. Sugar Sugar (Carole Wilkinson’s latest offering and first YA book, which I will discuss in another post) and short and scary, an anthology of short stories, poetry and illustrations. I would personally like to thank the wonderful Australian authors and illustrators who submitted stories to the anthology and congratulate the new authors and illustrators who were included in the book. This book will raise funds for kid’s literacy and is a great showcase for new talent.

And the WLF 2010?
It is a festival for readers and writers, and runs from 27-30 April nightly and on the weekend of 1 and 2 May, Williamstown Hall, Ferguson Street, Williamstown. There is a great program of events, and you can check it out at
I am holding a session called ‘Writing for Children’, so if you feel like stretching your imagination, I’d love to see you with a notebook and pen (yes, I will be making people write, what?, no?, actually writing in a workshop?…).

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