Showing posts from November, 2012

Governor of Queensland launches Christmas spirit

You may have seen the pictures. You may have read the book. For those who missed the official launch of PS Who Stole Santa's Mail? in Brisbane on Sunday, here is the speech that Her Excellency, the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC , gave to launch my new book. An enthusiastic crowd packed into the Black Cat Paddington book shop and cafe to witness the birth of my first children's chapter book. Smiling kids and candy canes, snow and eventual sunshine were the order of the day spectacularly fulfilling the Christmas dreams of this little kids' author. Excerpt from Her Excellency's speech: Managing Editor, Morris Publishing Australia, Ms Elaine Ousten, President, Book Links (Queensland), Ms Jenny Stubbs, Owner, Black Cat Books and Cafe, Mrs Stephanie Hogan, Author, Mrs Dimity Powell, Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, Girls and Boys. As 2012 is the National Year of Reading and as I am Patron of Book Links Queensland, of th

Censorship in Children's Writing - A Matter of Debate

What follows is a recent post of mine some of you may have read in last week's Pass It On e-zine by Jackie Hosking . It attempted to lift the lid on the curly question of 'Do books need a rating? ' As predicted this is an absorbing topic for debate, one that I'm probably not fully qualified to adjudicate but am fascinated by. Ben Marshall raised some interesting and salient points in his response (thanks Ben) in this week's PIO issue 415 . He argued 'that censoring books is a form of lying'; that young people can in fact enact their own form of censorship merely by closing the book; and that exposure to the warts and all darker bits of life through the written word is a good way to prepare them for if. I tend to agree with him. From an author's point of view, rigorous and formal censorship would only create another loop through which writers, publishers and agents alike would all have to jump, further frustrating the actual production of a book f

Dim's Sleigh Ride Begins!

Dashing through the space of the cyber hemisphere, you'll learn a bit about me, that'll bring you close to tears (of laughter?) Join me on this tour of some awesome bloggers' sites. It's going to be a blogging tour that'll fill you with delight. BLOG TOUR for PS WHO STOLE SANTA'S MAIL? Check out the amazing sleigh-load of bloggers and reviewers participating on what promises to be a spectacular ride with me. Tune in each day, leave a comment or two and don't forget to enter the COMPETITION FOR SIGNED COPY OF PS Who Stole Santa's Mail? in time for Christmas. It's easy. Just answer the question: What do you think Santa wants for Christmas? Details of how to enter on each blog tour post. Competition closes midnight 30th November 2012. 17 November Kids Book Review 18 November My Little Bookcase 19 November Sheryl Gywther htt

Book Trailer

It's not really a true fruit mince pie without a generous sprinkle of sugar on the top. Christmas pudding is nothing without lashings of brandy custard cascading down its sides. And it's never truly Christmas for me without Christmas music playing extremely loud and annoyingly often. Singing along is a given. So here is a sweet, little, festive season something extra for you all to enjoy. The trailer, behind the book, behind the elf, behind the possible destruction of Christmas. Play it loud, to drown out your incredulous laughter or questioning gasps. Parental guidance not really recommended, but if you have a child who doesn't handle curled blue elf shoes well, best slide hand over face of said child  for 3 seconds. Book Trailer for PS Who Stole Santa's Mail? Available to purchase in all good bookstores now, via order or online at Morris Publishing Australia Don't forget: BOOK LAUNCH of PS WHO STOLE SANTA'S MAIL ? at the Black

Santa Delivers

The first cut is always the least it is when you're slicing your way into your first consignment of books. Santa, how could I have ever doubted your ability to deliver? Now time to find those stockings to stuff. It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...