2018 is proving to be another busy year. I have completed my PhD at Victoria University in Melbourne, and will graduate with the floppy hat in August!
My picture book, The Night Tiger, is almost done. I can't wait to see the illustrations by Michael Camilleri.
I am starting to do a lot more editing and manuscript assessment work, as well as some mentoring. And I continue to teach at VU Polytechnic, although after 22 years, maybe it's time to put away my 'chalk'.
I have a new verse novel completed - The Dangerous Kind. It is in six voices, and the initial idea came from the Robber's Cave experiments back in the 1950s. Stay tuned - I hope it will be published. It's dangerous and experimental, so we shall see.
I'm off to the UK and Europe later in the year to travel and do research for a new historical novel. Can't wait!
I've completed my Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and YA at Hamline University in Minnesota, so I was flying to the USA every six months for an intensive residency, as well as teaching and doing school visits.
My verse novel, Runaways, was out in April 2013. The last Littlest Pirate story - The Littlest Pirate and the Stinky Ship - out in February. Many of us (kids, teachers, parents, writers) are very sad that the Nibbles series will no longer be published. I feel very privileged to have another LP story as one of the last.
In 2012, Meet Rose, my first book in the Our Australian Girl series, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards! All four Rose books are now out, and I'm currently researching and writing for the new series, Do You Dare, which is for boys. My character, Jimmy, lives in Yarraville in 1915. Both my grandfather and great-uncle served in World War 1, and the research has brought me much closer to their experiences.
Also huge thanks to St Mary's Primary School in Altona who hosted the book launch for Pirate X! Photos below:
In April 2010 I attended the Association of Writing Programs Conference in Denver, and went on to South and North Carolina to explore the world of pirates.
This is the famous red velvet cake, spotted in a cafe in Charleston, SC. Not part of my research, but still beautiful.
Sherryl in Hong Kong 2009
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