On Wednesday 6 September - Indigenous Literacy Day - .I had the very great pleasure of attending and speaking at the launch of the book 'Two Ways Strong'. The launch was the culmination of a year's worth of planning and is something I'm very proud to have been involved with. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation ran a 3-day writing workshop with the Indigenous students at Concordia Lutheran College, where I work as a librarian, in May this year. Author Claire Scobie, poet Kristine Ellis, and Kathy Mossop from the ILF ran writing exercises, group discussions, art exercises and role-playing exercises and had the draft of the book ready by the end of day three. The book tells the story of a fictional Palm Island girl, Jaz, who leaves her home to come to boarding school in Toowoomba. The book was launched by Dame Quentin Bryce in the beautiful 'Angel's Palace' (designed by artist Gordon Hookey) at the State Library of QLD during the Brisbane Writers' Festival. It was a wonderful day and a great story by a fantastic bunch of kids.
My thanks to Albany Creek Probus Club for your hospitality last week. I really enjoyed speaking to you and am grateful for your warm welcome. This was the fourth speaking 'gig' I've done for a Probus Club so far, and each time has been a real pleasure for me.
I am truly honoured and thrilled that 'Tommy Bell' was included on the Children's Book Council of Australia's list of 'notable' books for 2017.
Fred and I would like to invite you to our book signing at The Book Tree Toowoomba
456 Ruthven St,
Saturday 27 August 11am-12 noon.
I'm excited to announce the imminent publication of my 'Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy' series. Here's what Big Sky has to say about the series:
An exciting new Australian adventure series full of danger, daring and wild colonial boys!
Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy is a wonderful new series featuring Tommy’s time travelling escapades that take him face-to-face with some of Australia’s most notorious bushrangers.
The hero of the series, Tommy Bell, lives in regional NSW in contemporary times but is able to travel back in time to the gold rush days by wearing an old bushranger’s hat that he discovered on his grandfather’s farm.
Tommy and his friends find themselves up close and personal with one of Australia’s well known outlaws. With each adventure there is plenty of danger and excitement: armed hold-ups, sieges, frauds, shoot-outs, police chases, jail-time and much more.
Each book cleverly incorporates a parallel story from Tommy’s twenty-first century life that tests his friendships and develops his character.