Thank you MGCLT

My deepest gratitude to the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust. Tomorrow I leave Canberra with 36 000 words added to my manuscript – the result of time to research, plan, imagine and write – to be creative! Such a privilege to add my reflections to the fellows’ journal and to read the creative journeys of others. Thank you!


Shearing Time is here! Winners!

Shearing Time Winners and my favourite illustration!

Thanks for the terrific comments, I enjoyed them so much I’m giving away two books!

Yarding up the sheep – my favourite page!

Congratulations to Joyce who shared beautiful memories  of the family farm on my webpage and to Madelyn Leerson, who is busy making memories in the very shed which inspired Shearing Time! Thanks to Madelyn’s dad Chris Leerson – please send me an email with your address to The teaching notes are now available on my website and you can buy Shearing Time at Big Sky Publishing. There is another chance to win on Karen Tyrell’s page until March 10. Thanks for sharing in the Shearing Time launch! You can enjoy some Shearing Time fun at Books of Buderim on April 10 at 10.00am.

Shearing Time Launch and Giveaway – Last chance!

In Shearing Time you can almost hear the racket that resonates through the shed! The detail is amazing. We even have a fun glossary of shearing terms to share. Why would the shearers call out Ducks on the Pond!? Keep reading for two chances to win a copy today! Last chance, winner announced tomorrow!

The Shearers at work

Comment and share a memory to win a copy of Shearing Time. Some terrific comments coming in! Pop over to for another chance to win and read some publishing tips from me. You can buy Shearing Time from the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.

Shearing Time Launch and Giveaway

The Characters

Shearing Time is a companion tale to Granny’s Place – the same characters appear again except we are all a little older this time! Check out the beautiful Border collie on the front page of both books. She doesn’t have a name in the books but we affectionately call her Annie, that’s the name of my own Border collie.

Shearing Time
Shearing Time

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When Shane drew up the dog character and sent it though to me I was amazed that he had drawn a likeness of my dog Annie,  he didn’t even know I had a dog … she had passed away just a few weeks before. In Shearing Time, Annie has left Granny’s place and is now living on our farm. Look for her pup on the front cover, he is learning to be a good working dog!

For your chance to win a copy of Shearing Time just comment on one of my daily posts and tell me about your fondest childhood memory. My favourite comment will be a winner! Another chance to win on Karen Tyrell’s blog tomorrow!

You can buy Shearing Time from the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing.