For Teachers

School visits, virtual visits, contact details, teachers’ notes and other resources

1. School visits:

I’m currently offering the following two workshops and one author talk. (With some notice I can also tailor a talk or workshop to your requirements.)

Whispers in the Dark: how to build your own fantasy world
Particularly suitable for children interested in fantasy and/or children interested in writing, but also works well for a general class.
Year 3 – adult, preferred max 30 students.
Preferred length 90 minutes, but can go shorter or longer.

The Imagination Olympics
A fast moving workshop where teams compete against each other to build a story. Particularly suitable for a general class of mixed abilities.
Year 3 – adult, preferred max 35 students.
Preferred length 90 minutes, but can go shorter or longer.


Author talk
Storytelling, audience participation, and writing secrets that will inspire both reluctant and enthusiastic writers.
Year 3 – adult, preferred max 250 students.
Talk length, 50 minutes plus question time.

Feedback on workshops/talks:

The boys all clamoured to borrow your back catalogue as well as the current series, once the session was over. The whole year level was buzzing after the visit, with many students coming to me at lunch the next day with more plot twists.
Sue Osborne, Head of Library Services, Haileybury College, Victoria

You truly inspired all the students in your writing workshop. The process you took them through was wonderful and what you shared about your own process as a writer, your tips and advice, were so informative and affirming.
Nadine Frick, The Friends’ School, Hobart

2. Virtual visits:

I’ve never actually done a virtual visit, but am happy to give it a try. And given that I live in Tasmania, it’s a good solution to the distance problem.

3. Contact details:

For mainland Australian schools/festivals/libraries wanting to enquire about an in-the-flesh visit, please contact:

The Children’s Bookshop Speakers’ Agency
Phone: 0407 414 261 or 02 9481 8811


Creative Net Speakers’ Agency
Phone: 03 9416 4062




For all other matters, including Tasmanian, international and virtual visits, you can contact me through my literary agent, Margaret Connolly:
Phone: (02) 9449 6342

OR my Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin:
83 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia 2065

OR message me via my author facebook page.

OR leave a message on my blog. It won’t appear until I’ve approved it, so if you don’t want it made public, just say so.

4. Teachers’ notes and reviews

Ella_and_the_Ocean_teachers_notes (picture book)

Accidental_Heroes_teachers’ notes (The Rogues #1).

Teachers’ reviews _Ice Breaker (The Hidden series #1).

Teachers’ reviews_Museum of Thieves(The Keepers trilogy #1).

5. Other resources

For all other resources, including games, free bookplates, and extras from the Keepers trilogy, see Free stuff.

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