Prof Tom Shakespeare talks to Carole Lander

13 Jul

Many short-statured people will have heard of Professor Tom Shakespeare who is an English sociologist, broadcaster and disability activist. He came to Australia in 2014 to give the keynote talk at the Australian Applied Disability Research conference hosted by National Disability Services. While Carole Lander was in the UK recently she had the opportunity to chat […]

Anh Doh paints Kurt Fearnley

25 May

Kurt Fearnley levers his body out of his wheelchair and hoists himself into a yellow armchair in Anh Doh’s studio. He tucks his lifeless legs under him and grins widely at Anh who is about to paint his portrait for the ABC series ‘Anh’s Brush with Fame’. Kurt was born with a congenital disorder called […]

Aiming for Perfectionism as a Writer

18 May

This blog is also posted on the Creative Kids Tales website. I recently attended a workshop called ‘The Art of Imperfection’ at The School of Life in Melbourne. The aim of this session was to help perfectionists find ways of seeing that imperfection is often okay! As an editor, I have to be a perfectionist. […]

Developing empathy for difference

30 Mar

The Australian School Library Association has published an article of mine. See how teachers can use my books to the advantage of their students and to comply with the Australian Curriculum.

At school with a disability

16 Feb

Last week I wrote about ways in which the national (Australian) curriculum supports students who live with a disability. This is through the General Capabilities. I mentioned the Personal and Social Capability, but there’s another – Ethical Understanding. In an ideal world we would not need to directed towards ethical behaviour but unfortunately that is not […]

Back to school with a disability

8 Feb

Over the years since the development of a national Australian curriculum began, it has become increasingly easier for teachers to feel supported when they have children in their class who live with a disability. This should be reassuring to parents of those children. The ACARA website has pages of information on how to ensure that […]

Illustrating disability in kids stories

6 Feb

I write stories for children that put disability front and centre. Why? Because when I published a nonfiction book on dwarfism I realised that there are so few kids books where the main character lives with a disability. So I decided to fill the gap. My first book for children is called IN MY WORLD. […]

Developing empathy for difference

10 Sep

‘Mummy, why is that man so short?’ ‘Because he didn’t eat his vegetables when he was a kid.’  The short man who overheard this conversation was Jonathan Tripp. He was born with a condition of dwarfism. While he could see the funny side of the mother’s reaction, it was just another incident in which an […]

My new book is out!

7 Sep

My new book called IN MY WORLD consists of two chapter books for readers aged 7+ between the covers . Both stories have a main character who is a young person living with a disability. Basketball Tree Sam is confronted by the fact that he’s very short (he has a condition of dwarfism) and may […]

DIY Publishing

9 Apr

My book Little People Big Lives was published in 2013. I self-published it because the big publishers wouldn’t take it on. The topic is too unusual ­and not good for sales! The book profiles people who are short-statured (little people) and provides information about dwarfism. While I was going through the process of publishing the […]