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GONE TEACHING, BACK SOON…

Telunas

Not a bad place to have an office.

It’s become a regular Lunar New Year excursion for us – first to Singapore, then on to run a Writers’ Camp at lovely Telunas Beach in the Riau Islands.

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THEATRE REVIEWS – praise be to bloggers and tweeters!

Alison Bell, Matthew Whittet, Peter Carroll and Claire Jones in The Book of Everything. Photo: Heidrun Lohr.

Alison Bell, Matthew Whittet, Peter Carroll and Claire Jones in The Book of Everything. Photo: Heidrun Lohr.

Writers are a needy bunch. Releasing our work into the world begins with vanity, hope or a desire to engage, and having taken the plunge we’re pathetically grateful if people tell us they enjoy it.

It’s nice if ‘people’ means ‘thousands of people prepared to buy our books or tickets to our plays’, but even two or three supporters will do, as long as they rave about our brilliance and are not just saying that because they’re our parents.

Which is why, when a new play of mine opens, I love reading what people think about it on blogs, Twitter and FaceBook. Continue reading

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FROM PAGE TO STAGE – thoughts on turning books into plays.

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Although kids’ books can be bestsellers, it’s notoriously hard to get serious mainstream media attention for children’s literature.

Only a few times a year do our major Australian newspapers run reviews of childrens’ books, and when they do the reviewer usually gets ridiculously few words to sing the praises of several books in the one article. ‘Top Picks for Christmas’ – that kind of thing.

Which is why specialist websites like Kids’ Book Review, run by dedicated, informed, intelligent volunteers, are so important. Have a look at this site if you have any interest in reading, writing, children or education. That should cover just about everybody!

I was happy to contribute a piece they’ve just published; some notes about adapting novels for the stage…

“If it’s a good book…all the playwright has to do is type it out, omitting the ‘he said’s and ‘she sneered’s, and assume the story will entertain an audience for an hour or two. It ought to be a pushover. Very occasionally it is. Very often it’s not.”

You can read my full article HERE. Nice pics of the writer too!

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BREWONGLE YOUNG WRITERS’ CAMP

The Brewongle writers. I'm somewhere in the middle, trying to look less crazy than the others.

The Brewongle Young Writers. I’m somewhere in the middle, trying to look less crazy than the others.

I took a day off from rehearsals of The 13-Storey Treehouse. You may well have heard more than enough about it on this blog and it did me good to get some fresh air too.

Instead I travelled to the outskirts of Sydney, to run some workshops with enthusiastic young writers at the Brewongle Environmental Education Centre. If there’s a more beautiful classroom anywhere in the world, take me to it! Continue reading

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HELP! My blog is under attack!

It looked innocent enough – a comment, albeit one with grammatical mistakes, telling me in glowing terms how great my site was and asking for my advice about how to set up a blog.

It turned out to be poison. Continue reading

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Future Tense. I can feel it coming…

This is going to be huge, I just know!

This is going to be huge. Somehow I just know!

Right, I’ve got a start. Now I just need a few characters, a setting, a plot, some kind of theme… Add a bit of dialogue and away we go!

ACT ONE, SCENE ONE.

HOUSE LIGHTS FADE.

CURTAIN OPENS AND THERE ON STAGE WE SEE…um… IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STAGE WE SEE…

It’s about time for a cup of coffee. Back soon.

(Thanks to Daily Post for a tricky Weekly Photo Challenge.)

STOP PRESS: Thanks too to all those helping with ideas in the comments section. Keep them coming. This has Tony Award written all over it!

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2b or not 2b@hamlet #TWITTER MURDERS ENGLISH! OMG!!!

Are texting and tweeting, online chatting and emailing destroying people’s ability to write good English? Or is resistance to change in the language coming from a few pedants who still want to see a double ‘m’ and an ‘e’ on the end of ‘computer programme’?

This week I’ve been at the excellent Newington College Literature Festival, leading writing workshops for Year 5 students and telling my stories to younger children.

A lively evening panel discussion examined “Language in the Digital Age” and raised the questions above. Continue reading

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