Children’s Book Week and Be Right Back

Children’s Book Week and Be Right Back

Another Children’s Book Week has come and gone, and I was delighted to share stories with kids at Carmel School, Lesmurdie Library and High Wycombe Library for City of Kalamunda. I always love meeting readers and seeing their enthusiasm for books and writing. Thank...
A West Australian Handshake: City of Light

A West Australian Handshake: City of Light

It was twenty years ago today It felt wonderfully apt to be speaking (launching, after a fashion!) City of Light at the 20th anniversary of A Night With Our Stars. This event began as a twinkle in the eye of Jenny Woodroffe in 2003, and its light has been kept burning...
Surprise! It’s a … picture book!

Surprise! It’s a … picture book!

One day, several years ago, I was minding my own business when I got a message through the contact form on this website. I’ve had some lovely messages before – people in their twenties and thirties who loved my early novels when they were teenagers, researchers...
Cool(gardie), Kalgoorlie

Cool(gardie), Kalgoorlie

Dear Reader, it’s BookWeekMonth for creators of children’s and young adult books, as well as most teachers and long-suffering costume-creating parents around Australia. I was hugely thrilled to return to Kalgoorlie in Wongatha country for my first gigs there since …...
How to Avoid a Happy Life: the blog

How to Avoid a Happy Life: the blog

Dear Reader, Shortly I will be launching a new blog here, detailing my trials, tribulations and hopefully triumphs in writing in a completely new genre, the memoir. I am debating whether to create a blog separate to this website so that the kids’ content and the more...
Best Books of 2021

Best Books of 2021

It’s the time of the year for best-of lists. Here is my selection of books you won’t (in my opinion) be sorry to read. This is based on my version of Tony Thompson’s version of Goodreads’ version of a list  First book of 2021: My first 2021 books were published in...