Posts Tagged ‘roald dahl’

Bancks and Bongers

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Two authors from the creative arc which encompasses northern NSW and SE Qld have had YA novels published recently. Tristan Bancks’ Two Wolves (Random House Australia) and Christine Bongers’ Intruder (Woolshed Press, Random House) both look at teens who have family problems and are struggling because of their parents and yet are able to work […]

It’s Roald Dahl Day – What’s your favourite Roald Dahl book? Here’s my Top 5

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on the birthday of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller. This year Roald Dahl Day coincides with Friday 13th – the perfect excuse for even more mischief and mayhem than usual. The fantastic thing about Roald Dahl’s books is you can literally grow up with them, from […]

On My Bedside Table – # 2

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Does your bedside table feature nothing more than a sedate, sleek bedside lamp and the latest eReader? Or is an outrageous collection of self-help, kids’ lit, how-to, YA, book club, must-review-reads piled unceremoniously on top of each like mine? I tried reading one book at a time. Found it just wasn’t for me. I now […]

Stephen Michael King’s Baker’s Dozen – Classics you’ve read to your kids

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Every now and then it’s nice to reflect and remember the golden moments of yesterday. And nothing conjures up warm, snugly memories better than a magic word or two, shared and cherished with those you love. When I asked children’s illustrator author, Stephen Michael King, what his reading list looked like, he trumped the idea […]

I Do Like Mondays (Well, This One Monday At Least)

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Mondays aren’t normally days one celebrates, but I’m prepared to make an exception in this case. Monday 1 August marks the release of 26 brand-spanking-new Popular Penguins. You know, the cute-as-a-button, budget-priced, iconic-orange titles? Yeah, those ones (I’ve helpfully copied and pasted the list of newbies for you below). Accidental by Ali Smith Another Country […]

Roald Dahl: the BFG (Big Fat Genius)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

*Taps pen against chin* Hmmm. How to possibly write a post commemorating one of the most amazing authors of all time, that will actually do him justice. I can’t. But I can profess my undying love for Roald Dahl, a day AFTER Roald Dahl Day. Yes, dear readers, I was meant to write this post […]

Interview with JAMES ROY

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Earlier this year, I was invited by the Children’s Book Council Australia (NSW Sub-Branch) to speak at their 2009 Triple-A Event, where we reflect on a year of children’s releases and toast the shortlist when it’s announced at midday. I was the Older Readers speaker, which meant I had to read every entrant in the […]