Congratulations to all the team in Spooktacular Stories!

Congratulations to the producer and contributors of Spooktacular Stories on becoming finalists in the Book Excellence Awards!

This is a special anthology to be part of, firstly because for every book sold, one is donated for readers stuck in hospitals, looking for both courage and entertainment.

Secondly, because some hugely talented writers are featured within.

I chose to contribute a story about a family’s encounter with a storm.  ‘Storm Girl’  channels a lot of personal experience into an authentic story for children on how to deal with the memory of a natural disaster. It has taken a long time for me to truly write this story.

But I like to adopt many tones and purposes for story and also contributed a humorous poem about facing fear!

A huge thank you to Share Your Story for providing opportunities for others to have a voice, and in mentoring, in both writing and business.

May the Share Your Story anthology projects go from strength to strength, and their contributors build amazing careers as writers, illustrators and storytellers.

Last year’s launch – Spooktacular Stories, Mad Hatters Book Shop

Creative Kids Tales, Story Collection 2 Launched

Last weekend June Perkins and Maria Parenti-Baldey were delighted to launch Creative Kids Tales Story Collection 2 into Brisbane at Hearty Art Studio, Wynnum.

They are two of several contributors of story, poems and illustrations from right around Australia, including Megan Higginson who illustrated both of their works.

They would both like to thank everyone who attended, assisted with the launch, all sponsors, and the Children’s Literature Community of Queensland, who have been nurturing up and coming children’s writers, especially Write Links!

A special thanks to Yvonne, Brittany, Ben and David for superb support on the day as well as to Kylie who pod cast their performances yesterday.

More detailed story on its way!

Upcoming Publications!

Dear Friends, Fans, Fellow Writers and poets,

Listed above are titles of works  accepted to two wonderful new anthologies for children aged 6-12 years.

Both are due for release in October 2019.

Amongst these selections are two poems, a meditation and two short stories.

My first comissioned short story for a magazine will be out in September too, but more details on that when it’s released!

Last year Share Your Story accepted my first ever published short story for children to It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas and I had a short story for middle grade short listed by Scribbles.  What a wonderful encouragement, and it turns out a sign of things to come, those two breakthroughs were.  Thank you to Michelle Worthington, of Share Your Story, and Jen Storer of Scribbles for all the work you do mentoring other writers.

I am delighted to have been developing my short story writing craft and finding homes for my work outside of my own independent publishing press.

And in other news the first draft of my first novel will be completed this week.  I have been working in a Share Your Story mentorship for the last 6 months to fulfil this long cherished goal!

I am currently working on a poetry chapbook, Illuminations, for release in November this year.  This ones for teenagers and grown ups and two wonderfully talented sisters, Ruha and Minaira Fifita, are creating art to be included with the poems and one story. I am working with the same designer as for Magic Fish Dreaming, Heidi Den Ronden. Many of my writing friends from Write Links as well as Baha’i poets have beta read Illuminations and I am so grateful for their invaluable feedback.

My dear friend Helene Magisson, illustrator of Magic Fish Dreaming, has a number of wonderful new children’s books out and I will update you on those soon in a post.

We still meet regularlly for catch ups, and will forever remain friends. She is truly like a sister, and an especially creative person whose friendship I treasure.

One day we would dearly love to do a follow up book to Magic Fish Dreaming if we get the opportunity.

I’ll share details of any launches here and on my social media sites.

Best wishes to all, better get back to writing!

June

If you want to find out more about Share Your Story and Scribbles here are the links!

I highly reccomend both.

Share your Story

Scribbles

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

So happy my first published story for children, ‘Starry, Starry Lemon Blanket’ has made it into ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.’

The full cover will be released on the day of the launch!

So happy to be alongside so many talented writers and illustrators.

Proceeds from book sales will help  pre-service teachers in Tanzania to buy much needed bicycles.

Available for pre-order below through Lilly Pilly Publishing.

For more information head here.

If you want to head to the Brisbane launch, it is on December 1st

Details are HERE.