My top tips for chairing a festival event 

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This weekend was the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival. The theme of the festival was ‘a moment that marks the beginning of a journey, to the place where the river meets the sea – Te Pūao’ and the incredible star-studded line up of writers, illustrators and creatives included Witi Ihimaera, Fiona Farrell, Jacinta Ruru, Stacey Morrison, Ruth Paul, Susan Wardell, Michaela Keeble and Tokerau …

Letter to Brandywine Community Schools 

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I’m heartbroken to hear that the Ballet Bunnies series and other incredible books from a Books Saves Lives grant have been blocked from student access in Niles, Michigan. The Ballet Bunnies series is about a girl who is kind and courageous and is everything those who ban books are not. We Need Diverse Books have urged the school board to …

Writing Young Fiction with SCBWI NZ

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Thank you so much to Team SCBWI NZ for inviting me to talk about creating young fiction. I loved hearing everyone’s under-pressure pitches and hope you are all off to work on your young fiction series right away. I thought I would just highlight my key points about young fiction here: •Remember to invest in your characters and create characters …

All About Diwali with Scholastic Schools Live

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Thank you so much to everyone who joined in the All About Diwali event with Scholastic Schools Live. Please do get in touch and share your Diwali makes and bakes with me. I’d love to see how you celebrated. Happy Diwali!

International Literacy Day 2022

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The UNESCO International Literacy Day highlights the importance of literacy as a human right so it was wonderful to spend today with The Rotary Club of Dunedin talking about the books I read as a child and the journey I have taken since as a writer.

Day of Goodness with SLANZA and National Library

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Today, I got to spend my morning with the lovely school librarians in Dunedin as part of their SLANZA and National Library Day of Goodness. My entire love of books and writing started with libraries and kind librarians who put aside Sweet Valley High books knowing I would want to read them first, so it was quite a feat not …

Second place for Torn Apart!

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I’m so thrilled that Torn Apart got the Highly Commended nod of honour at the Historical Association Young Quills Awards 2022. The shortlist was incredible, packed full of authors who are my writing heroes, so it’s wonderful to see this book that is so important to me get acknowledged in this way. Thank you to the judges for taking the …

A double shortlisting!

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I am thrilled to bits to see that Torn Apart has been shortlisted for the incredible Historical Association’s Young Quills Award! This means the world to me as the partition of India rarely features in young historical fiction so I’m so thankful to see Torn Apart feature on this incredible platform. You can have a look at the full shortlist …