A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
Read the review

Monday, 25 June 2012

Holly the Hedgehog and Other Amazing Stories

One of the amazing things about being an author is you run into amazing people.

I met sound recordist Jon Owen when I recorded the sound for my story for the Story Cloud initiative. Jon is a musician who also works in education - he does stuff like running music programmes for autistic kids.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Teetering on My High Wire

Just read teen author Keren David's post about her daughter's glitzy school ball for leavers. The headmaster gave some advice to the young ones that resonated in my old head:
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. Go read Keren's post
You see, I'm slightly overwhelmed by this coming weekend.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Congrats to Patrick Ness - a double win!

I was thrilled to discover this morning that Patrick Ness had won the Carnegie AND the Greenaway (with illustrator Jim Kay) for their stunning book A Monster Calls.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Thinking about Diaspora at the Jewish Museum

An interactive display at the Jewish Museum 
I met my first Jewish person during the political turmoil of the 1980s when the Philippines was suddenly inundated by scores of foreign correspondents.

I wouldn't have known that my American friend, Steve, was Jewish if it hadn't been for him constantly  referring to his shoes as 'jews' and joking that his mother was checking up on whether he was 'going to temple' in Manila.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Singapore Fling - My Video of the Asian Festival of Children's Content

Here's a video I made with the scraps I found in my camera. Apologies for the poor focusing - I got a new camera lens for my birthday and haven't learned how to use it properly yet!

Singapore Fling - what I learned at the Asian Festival of Children's Content

I've just come back from Singapore where I attended the Asian Festival of Children's Content! Yup. That's the author's life. So hard.

With prolific Filipino author-illustrators Russell Molina and Jomike Tejido
Photo: Russell Molina