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  • Festivals and Appearances
  • July24th

    And here’s my Melbourne Writers’ Festival schedule:

    • Sunday 26 Aug 2012 3.00 pm – World Creation: How to Write Fantasy the Professional Way (workshop)
    • Monday 27 Aug 2012 11.15 am – A Beginner’s Guide to Steampunk
    • Wednesday 29 Aug 2012 10.00 am – 10 Futures
    • Thursday 30 Aug 2012 at 01.45 pm – Getting Started & Write Across Victoria

    For bookings and more details, go to the MWF website.

    Needless to say, I’m looking forward to it.

  • July24th

    A few months ago, I was at the Radio National Melbourne studio and recorded a spot where I reflect on my five most memorable cultural experiences. It was aired yesterday and you can get the podcast here.


  • June25th

    Had a great day today at Rowville Secondary College’s two campuses, talking to Year Sevens. Thanks to the generous and welcoming library staff, too.

  • May31st

    Here’s what I’m up to for Continuum (7 – 11 June):

    • Workshop: 10 Ways to Improve Your Story – Friday 14:00 until 15:30
    • Turning The Gears: Steampunk Craft – Friday 18:00 until 19:00
    • The End Of The World Is Just The Beginning – Saturday 10:00 until 11:00
    • Playing God – A Guide For Beginners – Saturday 15:00 until 16:00
    • Where Has All The Sci-Fi Gone? – Sunday 16:00 until 17:00
    • Steampunk Squalor – Sunday 18:00 until 19:00
    • Readings – Monday 10:00 until Moday 11:00
    • Beyond Paranormal Romance In YA Speculative Fiction – Monday 15:00 until 16:00

    In between times, I’ll be hanging around , chatting, drinking coffee and suchlike. See you there!

  • May21st

    Last Thursday, I chatted with David MacLean on Radio 3CR’s ‘Published or Not’. This program is always a delight for authors, for the presenters prepare thoroughly – by reading the book at issue, for a start. David’s interview was excellent, extremely attentive to detail and he certainly made me think about what I’d been up to when I wrote the book. If you missed the interview, it can be downloaded from the 3CR podcast page.











  • May20th

    On Friday 18th May I was lucky enough to be part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival ‘Writer Overnighter’ at the Powerhouse Museum, and what fun it was. I’d never been to the Powerhouse before – a sad gap in my vast store of museum love – so I was nearly as excited as the fifty or so young people who came along for a night of Steam power!food, activities, talks, demonstrations and exploration, with the bonus of being able to choose their own special place to sleep in a museum. The whole museum was alive with magnificent steam power, with so much whirring, rocking, rotating, hissing and clanking that it was a Steampunk writer’s dream come true.

    So much fun was packed into our time there, from steam-driven balloons to excited ping pong balls to steam-driven ice cream makers. When my turn came, I was able to explain why history is so useful to a Fantasy writer before going on to demonstrate how Steampunk is such a sublime blending of history and imagination. After that, of course, we all got down to write and I was staggered at the creative outpourings from everyone there. In a short time, we had imagined enough explorers, scientists, engineers and spies to populate a thousand Steampunk stories, and all of them had elaborate Steampunk vehicles, ranging from submarines to pogo sticks. I don’t care how well reinforced that old turbine room was, I think we were only a handful of ideas away from blowing the roof off. Read More | Comments

  • May15th


    I’ll be at Supanova Sydney 15 – 17  June. Drop in to the author table and have a chat!


  • May10th

    Recently I was asked into Radio National to chat about my books in general and Steampunk in particular. Download available here.

  • May9th

    I’ve been asked to be part of a fun ‘Night at the Museum’ experience at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum next week. It’s a chance for young readers to sleep overnight in a real, proper museum place, as well as enjoying a range of sensational activities. I’ll be running writing workshops, as well as just running around wide-eyed at all the exciting exhibits. I’m keenly looking forward to the steam displays, which are a great love of mine.

    Plenty of places left, but bookings are essential. More info here.


  • April25th

    I’ve had a hectic – but rewarding – time lately. It’s been Supanova season and I was chuffed to be asked to be part of the program in Melbourne and the Gold Coast. I visited Supanova last year and I loved the mad whirl of creativity and playfulness that was on display. This year was the same, but more so, particularly as I was able to get a glimpse of the vast enterprise that lies behind the scenes.

    It’s the crowd of excited visitors that make a show like Supanova what it is. They make the days a riotous panoply of wonder with their ingenious and dazzling costuming skills. Sitting on the author signing stand with people like Richard Harland, Brandon Sanderson, Kylie Chan, Keri Arthur, Trent Jamieson, Alison Croggon, Bevan McGuiness, Marc McBride and Ian Irvine, I was able to take in the passing parade of glory. Read More | Comments