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Armidale Library Welcomes National Year of Reading 2012

Armidale Library Welcomes National Year of Reading 2012 | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Loved flying into Armidale in country New South Wales, over green rolling fields with cows and sheep grazing as an ambassador for the National Year of Reading.
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Belinda Murrell : Room to Read Writer-Ambassador

Belinda Murrell : Room to Read Writer-Ambassador | OKYAI | Scoop.it
1. Out of all the charities in all the world, why did you decide to become a writer-ambassador for Room to Read?
One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is the gift of reading. It provides Joy, Escape, Knowledge.
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Interviews and articles

Interviews and articles | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Hi everyone,
Its a windy, wet Sunday, so I’m inside giving my website a spring (winter) clean. I’m making a few tweaks to hopefully improve it’s usability.
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Top Ten Young Adult Books : Scot Gardner

Top Ten Young Adult Books : Scot Gardner | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Scot Gardner is the author of one of my top ten books, The Dead I Know.
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Off on Tour

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I’m off on tour! And I could be wearing my pyjamas the whole time.
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Exhilerating, Amazing Friendships Across the Kids’ Publishing Industry at Sydney SCBWI

Exhilerating, Amazing Friendships Across the Kids’ Publishing Industry at Sydney SCBWI | OKYAI | Scoop.it
What a buzz – writers, illustrators, publishers – pitches, publishing panels, brilliant masterclasses, launches, the magnificent illustrator duet with Stephen Axelson and Bruce Whately … Melina Marchetta’s outstanding keynote about the adaptation...
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Students Helping Students

Students Helping Students | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Josh Lorschy is a compassionate, hardworking, creative and high-achieving human. He is a 14-year-old actively engaged in changing the world in positive ways through Room to Read's Students Helping Students program.
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Thanks everyone!

Thanks everyone! | OKYAI | Scoop.it
The lovely thing about writing a book is watching how people in the world respond to it.
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Writing Process Blog Hop

Writing Process Blog Hop | OKYAI | Scoop.it
I've been tagged by YA author and playwright, Michelle Morgan to participate in a writing process blog 'tag' Michelle is the author of 'Racing the Moon', a terrific read set in Sydney during the 1930's.
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My 7 Personal #SCBWI AusNZ 2014 Highlights

My 7 Personal #SCBWI AusNZ 2014 Highlights | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Catching up with distant friends (so many wonderful writers and illustrators hail from Perth) and making new ones. The 2014 Australian-New ZealandSCBWI Conference might just be the most inclusive place on earth.
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SCBWI Sydney Conference 2014 - WRAP UP!

SCBWI Sydney Conference 2014 - WRAP UP! | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Um, wow.
That is all.
But seriously--wow. My first SCBWI experience was truly overwhelming, exciting, fulfilling and beyond inspiring. What an incredible five-day experience, from my workshop through to a Bruce Whatley masterclass ...
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WiP Sneak Peek

WiP Sneak Peek | OKYAI | Scoop.it
The marvellous Ms Simmone Howell has tagged me in a meme challenge. Henceforth I must throw caution to the wind and permit a sneak peek at my work-in-progress – specifically seven lines from page seven or page seventy-seven.
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Collaboration

Collaboration | OKYAI | Scoop.it
As far as my writing is concerned, I've always been a bit of a lone wolf. I'm shy about sharing my work in progress. I've never belonged to a writing group.
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High Teas, a launch, a writing workshop, in store events, new books and an impending renovation too!

High Teas, a launch, a writing workshop, in store events, new books and an impending renovation too! | OKYAI | Scoop.it
The past few weeks have been incredibly busy and lots of fun.  Alice-Miranda At Camp     is finished (September release) and I’ve just read the page proofs for Clementine Rose and the Famous Friend (October release).
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Love Your Publisher - and related wonderfulness

Love Your Publisher - and related wonderfulness | OKYAI | Scoop.it
One of the sessions I attended at the Australia-NZ 2014 SCBWI Conference gave the advice “love your publisher”. It was definitely a love-fest at this month’s inaugural Walker Books Australia (WBA) Author-Illustrator Conference.
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Ask Tania: How Can Unpublished Authors Get Noticed?

Ask Tania: How Can Unpublished Authors Get Noticed? | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Dear Tania, 
Say there's a girl who has the dream of becoming a children's picture book author. She works with dogged determination through rejections, keeps improving her writing and WILL NOT GIVE UP until she's published.
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Roses Are Blue REVIEW + Book Giveaway

Roses Are Blue REVIEW + Book Giveaway | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Roses Are Blue
by Sally Murphy, illustrated by Gabriel Evans
ISBN: 9781922244376
What if your  Mum was different from everyone else’s?
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Writing a Strong Character Voice

Writing a Strong Character Voice | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Character Voice is such a difficult thing to define in writing. It’s made up of so many elements.
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Yes … I do my own stunts.

Yes … I do my own stunts. | OKYAI | Scoop.it
So you thought writing was for bookish types? People who like to sit in front of a computer with their uggies on – day in, day out?
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Have you ever ridden on a sea lion?

Have you ever ridden on a sea lion? | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Miriam at Create Hope Inspire blog interviewed me about Rescue on Nim's Island this week.
 Her two young sons also had some great questions! Here are a couple:
Have you ever ridden on a sea lion?What does a sea lion's fur feel like?
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Books on the Wind - by Jackie French

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Books on the Wind
Mostly I find books mooching around the shop after sessions at bookshops or literary festivals, often with a book lover next to me urging, ‘You HAVE to read this. It’s fabulous! Oh look, there’s a new Shaun Tan.
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Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon

Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon | OKYAI | Scoop.it
You said we could write anything we wanted. The first thing that came into our minds. Blue fish, red fish, green fish...
Clementine Darcy is floundering.
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My Melbourne Writers’ Festival Schedule

My Melbourne Writers’ Festival Schedule | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Here ’tis, my Melbourne Writers’ Festival appearance log. For more details, click on the links. See you there!
Who’s Your Doctor?
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Top 10 Children's & YA Books : Gabrielle Wang

Top 10 Children's & YA Books : Gabrielle Wang | OKYAI | Scoop.it
This week, author Gabrielle Wang (The Wishbird, CBCA notable book 2014) contributes to the growing resource of kids' / Young Adult book recommendations on this site.
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Ten Things I Learnt at SCBWI in Sydney

Ten Things I Learnt at SCBWI in Sydney | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Every day should be a learning day, but there are some days that you learn far more than others.
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SCBWI Australia New Zealand ROCK and ROLL!!!!!

Kids’s authors and illustrators, publishers and editors rock and rolled at the Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators’ Conference at The Hughenden in Sydney – with the BEATNICKERS – the SCBWI band of James Foley, Mark Greenwood, Meredith...
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