Archive for May, 2013

Lewis Morley and THAT guitar

May 21, 2013

When I collected the Steampunk guitar from Lewis two and a half weeks at, I took photos of him – in Sergeant Pepper costume, no less! Now at last I’ve been able to cut the images down enough to go on Facebook and blog – so here’s the best of them. The creator and his creation!


Ian in Dorrigo

May 16, 2013

I didn’t do a school visit today – instead visited Ian Irvine in his Dorrigo hideaway. It’s about the highest rainfall place in mainland Australia, but when the sun’s out, as today, it’s paradise! Last night was roast dinner and red wine with log fire with Ian and Anne in their big rambling house, today was chatting, lounging around, and exploring the big rambling garden. So many trees, so much grass and greenery, it’s beautiful. Here’s Ian by the cubby house –


Family time over, back to work!

May 14, 2013

Well, weekend with Chris’s family in Brisbane is over – so great to see them all, Bec and the grandchildren. Aileen has now flown back home too, and I’m immersed in school visits again. Here’s the family round the dinner table –

Left to right, that’s Steffie, Chris, Ashleigh, Bec, Alyssa and Aileen. Plates are laden with delicious lasagna!

School visit, Mary MacKillop College

May 11, 2013

Here’s a photo taken on Thursday at Mary MacKillop. (Can’t stop wearing my guitar, even when I’m doing a reading!) Shame I can only show the backs of students’ heads – parental permission issues. The girls at the college were great – like all the schools I’ve visited this week.


School visits with guitar

May 9, 2013

I’m showing off my guitar! School visits around Queensland with my steampunk hat (still popular!), the new book trailer video, goffles, aviator helmet, etc … But the guitar, fabulous creation of Lewis Morley – well, I just wear it all the time! I can’t wait to try it out with an amp (and a pick, for starters!), and I’m getting serious about actually composing some of the songs that the Rowdies perform in SONG OF THE SLUMS. I’ve been to Aquinas and Marymount on the Gold Coast, Coolum State High, and today, Mary Mackillop in Brisbane, where this photo was taken –


Wow! Steampunk guitar! Oh wow!

May 5, 2013


It’s absolutely gorgeous! See it from a distance, and it’s spectacular – the globe even has a switch to create zigzags of lightning, mad scientist style. Look at it close, and there are a million clever details! Lewis Morley, I declare you are a total genius!


Touring schools in Queensland and northern NSW

May 1, 2013

It all starts on Monday 6th May – or Sunday 5th for me, when I head north to Queensland, preparing for the big tour for SONG OF THE SLUMS. I opted to give first refusal to schools I’d visited before – it was nice to hear of so many rapid acceptances.

Monday’s school is Aquinas College, Southport; then Marymount College, Burleigh Waters on Tuesday 7th; Coolum State High on Wednesday 8th; then in to Brisbane for Mary Mackillop College, Nundah, on Thurs 9th, and Genesis Christian College, Bray Park, on Friday 10.

Relax over the weekend … Aileen flies up to join me, and we’ll be visiting Chris and Bec and the grandchildren.

Another busy week to follow – slightly messed up by NAPLAN, which not only cuts out Years 7 and 9, but knocks out every school’s organisation from Tuesday to Thursday. Still, I get to take advantage of the only day I miss by staying over at Dorrigo with Ian Irvine – a long-planned visit that’s never seemed to fit in before.

So, my school for Monday 13th is Kimberley College, Carbrook; for Tuesday 14th, St Laurence’s College in South Brisbane. Then south of the border to Xavier Catholic College at Skennars Head for Wednesday 15th. Interlude at Dorrigo … then last day, Friday 17th, at St Paul’s High School in Port Macquarie.

Home Friday night – but back to Sydney for the Aurealis Awards on the Saturday. (I’m not up for anything, but I’ve been asked to present one of them.) Phew!! And that’s only the first tour of many coming up.