July 28, 2021

Pan MacMillan Speech

Pan MacMillan Speech   The last time I was here was to talk to you about ‘The Gypsy Crown’ and the Chain of Charms series, which […]
July 26, 2021

My Fairy Tale Fascination

My Fairy Tale Fascination I was enchanted with the Grimm Brothers’ fairy-tales from the moment I read them as a little girl, sick and lonely in […]
July 24, 2021


INTERVIEW WITH JANE YOLEN   Jane Yolen is one of my favourite children’s authors. She moves easily between wonderful picture books like Owl Moon and How […]
July 22, 2021

Effective Research

I have written books set in Kent during the time of Charles II and Oliver Cromwell (The Gypsy Crown); set in Scotland during the tumultuous reign of Mary, Queen of Scots (The Puzzle Ring); in Renaissance Venice and Versailles in the time of the Sun King (Bitter Greens); in Germany during the Napoleonic wars
June 1, 2021

Hoping for Troubadours

When my sister Belinda and I wrote Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author, we originally planned a chapter in which we […]
May 25, 2021

The Time Travel books that inspired me to write ‘The Puzzle Ring’

I used to love reading time travel adventures when I was a child. They were one of my favourite genres of fiction, and I’ve always wanted to write one. When I first began daydreaming about the story that would become ‘The Puzzle Ring’,
May 12, 2021

Writing In The Blood

We all know that we inherit the colour of our eyes from our parents. If you sneeze when you look at the sun, that too was passed down through your genes. So was your ability to curl your tongue, and when you are likely to notice that first grey hair.
February 7, 2021

On the Trail of Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force

The primary character in my novel Bitter Greens is the scandalous 17th century writer, Charlotte-Rose de la Force, who wrote the version of the Rapunzel fairytale that we know best [...]
August 15, 2020

Cinderella and her Slippers

Last week ABC National Radio ran an interview I did a few years ago with the wonderful Richard Fidler. I always get masses of messages and emails afterwards, many querying me about some aspect of the fascinating history of fairy tales [...]
July 26, 2020

Spotlight on Author Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of my all-time favourite children’s authors is Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘A Little Princess’. She was born on 24 […]
July 13, 2020

Celebrating ‘Bastille Day” – the story behind the famous French commemoration

June 17, 2020


I have been watching & listening to the anger & anguish of the #BLM movement these past few weeks, with tears burning my eyes and a […]

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