Allison has presented talks in schools from Kindergartens to Year 12 and at Anzac and Remembrance Day services, libraries and retirement villages. With thirty years experience as a teacher, Allison presents a variety of creative writing workshops and is always happy to discuss workshop ideas and festival opportunities.
On Valentine’s Day 2017, Allison was one of five speakers at the Mapleton Community Library’s annual ‘Lovers of Books’ evening. The gathering of over 40 local guests was enthralled as Allison revealed that the catalyst for her first book ‘Anzac Sons’ was the discovery of her grandfather’s long forgotten letters, written while he was serving in the First World War. Speaking succinctly and with passion she also spoke of her latest venture into the world of children’s books with her story ‘Granny’s Place’ which was published in 2016. A story of family ties and rural life in the 1960’s. Allison’s short talk will stay in the memory of all who were privileged to be part of the audience at the Library’s ‘Lovers of Books’ evening. Lenore, Mapleton Community Library
I have had such lovely feedback from all the staff at Spring Gully after your talks with the children about Anzac Sons and Granny’s Place. Thank you so much for the interesting presentations which inspired especially the grade five and six children to learn more about WW1. Kerrin, Spring Gully State School
I want to thank you again for your visit. My class enjoyed the opportunity of sharing their stories with you on Monday. ‘Granny’s Place’ is the perfect book for this age level to learn about history and find out about the history of our own families. Your power point presentation and your personal delivery was very age appropriate and you held the interest of the students. The teachers have commented on how you encouraged students to hold onto their stories and drawings. At Creek Street Christian College we encourage our students to find out their gifts and talents and to use them. Your presentation also showed how the process takes place when writing a book. We found this interesting coming from a published author and will help in our classrooms when involved in writing activities. Sharon, Creek St Christian College
I really loved Allison’s talk. She has such a warm-hearted and genuine manner and her care and sense of responsibility to her ancestors was so clear in her presentation. I loved the way she spoke to all of the audience as equals, not children, and tapped into our sense of history. Wish her well with her future books, Di, Coolum State High School
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Allison talking about her journey from researcher to author. An amazing thing to be able to collect and sift through and collate all that information and then transform it into the wonderful books that she has written. The whole talk was so well presented. As I said when I reached the podium, I couldn’t speak. Her story about her journey was inspiring and yet very practical and appealed to the storyteller in all of us. I liked her focus on supporting young people who may want to write … She was very eloquent yet succinct in telling us about the picture book and I am filled with admiration, Adie, Beerwah State High School
Allison spoke and presented well despite the technical issues we were experiencing with the LCD projector. Being a Teacher Librarian, she was [relatively] unfazed by the sudden disappearance of the visual aids to her presentation and continued with good humour and a wonderful, poignant style as she spoke about the research (her personal journey) that she’d undertaken for ANZAC sons. I look forward with great interest to hear – and read – more from Allison in the future. Graeme, Immanuel Lutheran College
Just a quick note to thank you on behalf of students and staff at PHC for making the time to visit us yesterday. I was very pleased to meet you … Some of the student comments were – very interesting, inspiring, enjoyed learning about how you became an author and the process of becoming an author, made me want to research my ancestors, Nola. Pyramid Hill College