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‘Old Ted’ in The Toy Chest Anthology

13 Dec

My story ‘Old Ted’ is published in a new (2017) Prints Charming Anthology called The Toy Chest. My grandson Jude (who lives in Cambridge, UK) is the main character and hero of this story. He used to be obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine and this gave me the idea for the story. ‘Old Ted’ Old Ted […]

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. […]

To teach or not to teach?

10 Mar

To teach or not to teach?  Karen closed the classroom door, sighing with fatigue and relief. ‘I will never come back here,’ she promised herself. Long-service leave and an overseas trip lay ahead. Paris, Rome and Barcelona revived her spirits before she headed to Kenya to build wells. The physical labour was exhausting so when […]