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  • BONJOUR LUCY BEE LAUNCH
    Wonderful launch last night. Felt so honoured to have over 60 friends and booklovers there to help send Bonjour Lucy Bee out into the wide world. Thanks to the lovely Adrienne Bushell for launching the book and Anthony Dreaver for being a great MC. And special thanks to all who made it such a special evening.
    Posted: Friday 24 May 2019
  • Have just received my first review for Bonjour Lucy Bee from 9 year old Linus at Gladstone School. "Wonderful, amazing, one of the best books I've ever read." Thank you, Linus!
    Posted: Tuesday 21 May 2019
  • Just what is going on in this little French village?
    My publishers, OneTree House, sent me today my first advance copy of Bonjour Lucy Bee. It looks great! I'm so pleased with the cover and the nice paper. Just to be able to hold in your hand the book you've loved and laboured over gives you a feeling of immense satisfaction and pleasure. Then, it's time to think of the launch and getting the book out to its readers.
    Posted: Monday 29 April 2019
  • ANNE INGRAM For our refugees
    As New Zealanders were all devastated by the news of terrorist attacks in Christchurch on our people in our place! So many of our communities nationwide have rallied in support of those who have lost family and friends in this terrible tragedy. Flowers, food, love and counselling, fund-raising, rallies against religious and racial intolerance, ecumenical services, concerts, and more. Our calligraphy club also wanted to show our support. Individually, we may have donated money, but we also wa
    Posted: Wednesday 3 April 2019
  • Author's Conference
    I've just had a wonderful weekend in Auckland at the New Zealand Society of Authors' Forum. Two and a half days of masterclasses, workshops and presentations by some of our best NZ writers. Also talks by video-link from the UK - Joanne Harris and from Australia - Morris Gleitzman. The highlight for me was one of the national treasures of Australia - John Marsden (pictured). I was fortunate enough to go to three sessions where I soaked up writerly wisdom from this icon of children's writing.
    Posted: Tuesday 25 September 2018
  • OneTree House, winner of the 2018 Children's Publisher of the Year (Oceania section) at the Bologna Book Fair, is to publish Bonjour Lucy Bee! Obviously I couldn't be more pleased. OneTree House won this year's award for their creative and publishing excellence, and for their originality, professional and intellectual skills. The award is also designed to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas among different nations and areas of the world. It seems that Bonjour Lucy Bee may fit int
    Posted: Friday 27 July 2018
  • It's been a long time coming, but the second in the Lucy Bee series is finally finished! This time, Lucy travels to France for a family reunion. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to become responsible for a young refugee or, as her cousin Celeste would call him, 'an illegal immigrant'. But this is what happens, and it's just the first of her many challenges... Now that the writing is done, the editing, the checking of facts, and the proofreading, there just remains the big one - publ
    Posted: Tuesday 29 August 2017
  • It's been a long time coming, but the second in the Lucy Bee series is finally finished! This time, Lucy travels to France for a family reunion. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to become responsible for a young refugee or, as her cousin Celeste would call him, 'an illegal immigrant'. But this is what happens, and it's just the first of her many challenges... Now that the writing is done, the editing, the checking of facts, and the proofreading, there just remains the big one - publ
    Posted: Tuesday 29 August 2017
  • Flying HIgh: Stories & Poems from Kapiti was launched this week with great excitement. Written and illustrated by the children of Kapiti, it is full of imaginative stories and poems and engaging drawings. We put out 100 chairs for the launch at our community centre and were astonished when people kept piling in. We must have had over 160 people. Fifty of those present were the talented children, aged 8-13, from our 12 local schools who had had their work published in Flying High. And most of
    Posted: Friday 23 October 2015
  • I'm busy working on my next Lucy Bee novel. This time, Lucy goes to France where she meets relations she never knew she had. Everything is wonderful except for one thing. And then, something else happens. She needs to learn French to get by. Before long she is thrust into an amazing adventure.
    Posted: Monday 28 September 2015
  • 'What is your favourite animal?" - "What sport did you play when you were our age?" - "Did you always want to be a writer?" These were just some of the questions from the children at Miramar North School when I visited them this week as one of the writers in the Writers in School scheme run by the New Zealand Book Council. It was an exhilarating visit as the children there are so enthusiastic about reading and writing. There was absolute silence when I read to them, and then a forest of hand
    Posted: Friday 4 September 2015

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