18 May 2020 With more time than usual on my hands, thanks to COVID-19, I prepared a Reading Challenge for the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA). I enjoyed writing this, and thinking about all the wonderful books that brought adventure, solace, joy, inspiration and intrigue during my childhood. The Reading Challenge is timeless. Feel… Continue reading Maura’s Reading Challenge
1 April 2020 When a writer-friend told me The Trouble in Tune Town has just been given the nod for the 2020 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge, I wondered if it was an April Fool's prank. Or if I had COVID-19 brain. Because one moment I was walking llamas then travelling through Victoria for a book… Continue reading NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge
16 March 2020 What fun it was to travel to Lilydale, Victoria to watch two of my plays being performed in the Arkfest Short Play Festival – with one picking up two awards – and then starting my book tour for The Trouble in Tune Town. Enjoyed scenic stops and school visits in the Melbourne… Continue reading Victorian author tour
15 March 2020 There's a new junior fiction series in town and it's hilarious! League of Llamas: the Golden Llama is the first title in a four-book adventure series from award-winning author (and llama lover), Aleesah Darlison. I had the pleasure of reviewing the first two books in this series, and also catching up with… Continue reading Hold on to your hooves!
11 February 2020 It's not every day that you get to meet the Australian Children's Laureate. I had the pleasure of meeting Ursula Dubosarsky at the National Library of Australia, shortly after her announcement as this year's Children's Laureate. And I had the honour of sitting next to her at a celebration dinner that night… Continue reading 2020 Children’s Laureate – Ursula Dubosarsky