Welcome to my new blog for children – this is where you can post your poetic creations.
How I started writing
When I was a kindergarten and primary teacher I used to make up stories with the children but I got into poetry writing some years later because of a gorilla named Lulu. As part of a drama assignment, I had to perform a piece about a gorilla. So I penned my first poem called, ‘Lulu the Gorgeous Gorilla.’ Little did I know that a poet was soon to be born.
Graduate Certificate Applied Linguistics, Griffith Uni, Brisbane, QLD
Masters of Education (International), Monash Uni, Victoria
Graduate Diploma Secretarial Studies, RMIT, Victoria
Diploma Primary Teaching, Victoria
Diploma In Writing, with ‘The Writing School’ (formerly, NSW Writing School).
First prize (Children’s poetry category) in the 1993 OZ waves Award and University of Queensland Press Book Prizes for her humorous poem, ’Magpie Mania’. I know that is a while ago now but haven’t entered many competitions since then.
In 2007 awarded a RADF grant (Regional Arts Development Fund) through the Queensland Government/Arts Qld and Logan Council, to undertake professional development in the area of illustrating and writing children’s picture books.
I successfully self-published two children’s picture books in 2006, ‘Ten Yellow Bananas’ and ‘Santa is in our chimney’.
My latest book, ‘Bubble Gum Trouble and Other Giggle Poems’ was released in w009. Published by Little Steps Publishing, Division of New Frontier. Illustrated by Dee Texidor.
A new version of ‘Ten Yellow Bananas’ is due out late 2009. Published by Little Steps Publishing, New Frontier. Illustrations by Dee Texidor.
I have also written giggle poetry for Cherububble (Primary/Early childhood education on-line resource), written articles for Australia Bookseller and Publisher magazine, and had a number of self publishing articles published online. Also had heart-felt poetry published in anthologies.
I have been teaching at TAFE Queensland since 1995, and currently teach English in language/literacy programs.
I live in Brisbane with my husband and our beloved pets.
QWC (Member Qld Writers’ Centre)
NSW Writers’ Centre, Member
ASA (Australian Society of Authors)
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)