Category: Other Stuff

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival

There is only one word for the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival and that’s SPECTACULAR. That one word covers everything from the organisation (the SPECTACULAR Sonia and her team), the kids who attended, the… Continue reading

5 of This or 10 of That – It Ends Here

I’ve read all those posts about crafting snappy, snazzy blog post titles. I’ve even listened a little and I can see the appeal of 5 of this or 10 of that. What… Continue reading

Week 2 #STUBC16: Commenting & The Time I Taught Someone…

It’s Week 2 of the Student Blogging Challenge (#STUBC16)  and this week the focus is on commenting with activities based on commenting on other blogs and determining what a good comment looks like. Easier said… Continue reading

The Book Faeries Cometh

The Christmas book faeries came to visit me last week and left a string of lovely reviews for Sad, the Dog in places I never expected to see them – the Sydney… Continue reading

Befriend a Child in Detention

Some time ago I put my hand up to join the Befriend a Child in Detention project and write letters to children in the Nauru Detention Centre. From the website: Befriend a Child… Continue reading

When writers are not writing…

When writers are not writing… sometimes they make hats. When Di Bates asked me if I’d like to come to a felt hat making class she was hosting, I thought: Why not…. Continue reading

Sad the Dog: Free Knitting Pattern

In a bright light bulb moment about six months ago, I decided it would be a good idea to have a knitted Sad to help tell the story when I was reading Sad,… Continue reading

Instagram and the #Wintercomfortbookchallenge

Instagram has been on my To Do List for over a year. There’s so much social media and so little time. I kept stoically ignoring the beautiful pictures appearing in my Facebook… Continue reading

#LoveOzYA Retroreading

“Compare the book you have been reading…” First question on #2 son’s Distance Education English Unit for last week. What book? Scrabbled back through the year’s notes. No mention of a book…. Continue reading

Best Second Hand Bookstores Ever

I was in Canberra last week. I only had a small window of free time, when #2 son was finally well enough to attend some distance education mini-school sessions at Karabah High… Continue reading