Antarctica at The Sydney Writers Festival

May 24, 2012

On Sunday morning, at The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012, Alison Lester and I had a great time with adults and kids, talking about Antarctica.

Alison’s latest picture book, Sophie Scott Goes South, is about a little girl who goes to Antarctica and will be published on 27th May. Her book is beautifully illustrated and explains everything from polar clothing to blizzards to the beautiful lights in the sky of the aurora australis. We invited a little girl onto the stage, whose name happened to be Sophia, and we dressed her in the outer layers of my Antarctic clothing, including bright yellow hooded parka, thick outer gloves and my faux-fur hat, complete with ear-flaps! Here is a picture of Sophia in her polar gear:

What struck me was that both Alison and myself share a passion for Antarctica and we tell stories set there for this very reason. Except, Alison creates picture books for children and I write thrillers for adults. My Antarctic thriller, Thirst, will be published in August. Here a photo of Alison and myself at the book signing:

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Photo of my wonderful workshop participants at SWF 2012

May 15, 2012

The all day workshop on thriller writing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival went down a storm. I am really touched by the lovely feedback from the participants – thank you guys. You were a joy to teach. Here is a photo of the group and good luck with your writing!

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May 4, 2012

Herald Sun, Antarctic Ice Melting, 26 April 2012:

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is past its Tipping Point, New Scientist, 13 January 2010:

Iceberg bigger than Manhattan to break off Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier:

The home page of the Australian Antarctic Division:

The Antarctic Treaty – a summary and links:

The British Antarctic Survey measuring one of the world’s largest glaciers – The PIG:

Wikipedia’s summary of the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica:



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Chairing Frozen Wanderland at Sydney Writers Festival in May

May 1, 2012

I met Alison Lester at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival in 2011 when we were on a panel discussing Antarctica in literture. At the time we both talked about our new books coming out soon, both set on the great white continent. So I am really looking forward to chairing a discussion with Alison about her latest children’s book Sophie Scott Goes South. If you have children aged 7-12, then please come along to this free event which promises to be a lot of fun.,com_events/Itemid,124/agid,2960/task,view_detail/

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