There is no bookcase! How I found stories when there were none.

‘It is impossible to define precisely what the soul is. Definition is an intellectual enterprise anyway; the soul prefers to imagine.’ Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul I grew up in a book-free household. Actually, I did have some Little Golden Books. I remember when we ‘went down the street’ and visited Woolworths, my mother would … More There is no bookcase! How I found stories when there were none.

How not to brief an illustrator

Early in 2016 I decided it was time to start teaching creative writing again. I’d taught a few years earlier and loved everything about it—the connection, the conversations, the sharing, reading, writing, coffee! Heaven. This time though I wanted to commit more fully, and build something for my students that was rich and supportive. Something with staying power. I … More How not to brief an illustrator