In LWOTW, writers share their thoughts about the craft and business of writing, with tips for aspiring writers and inspiration for all booklovers. Today I am pleased to introduce you to the imaginative, inspirational and thoughtful Vacen Taylor, author of the Starchild series. LWOTW: When did you write your first story? Vacen: I imagine that … Continue reading Last Word of The Week: Vacen Taylor
And so it begins! The first instalment of the Last Word of the Week project is here. In LWOTW, writers share their thoughts about the craft and business of writing, with tips for aspiring writers and inspiration for all booklovers. Today I am thrilled to welcome the dynamic, witty, redoubtable Laura E Goodin as my … Continue reading Last Word of the Week: Laura E Goodin
Something to Say is an occasional blog series showcasing authors and other creative types who have upcoming launches or events. STS #1 is thrilled to welcome Melbourne author and playwright Emilie Collyer, who has some news to share with us. STS: Welcome, Emilie. What project are you talking about today? My play Contest that is … Continue reading Something to Say: Emilie Collyer
Really valuable list of diverse picture books (as in, picture books featuring diverse characters). Thanks to Picture Books Blogger!
We are regularly asked for recommendations about diverse picture books, namely the distinct lack of them, so we pulled together some of the books that have caught our eye for that exact reason, from gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and religion, to name but a few of the core areas.
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)
This powerful but gentle read transcends gender stereotypes, body-shape ideals, ethnic background and family dynamics in one rich and illuminating story.
Quite possibly one of the best books to promote acceptance, encourage individuality and diversity in a whole host of ways.
We’re All Wonders by R J Palacio (Puffin Books)
A story about craving belonging and to be seen for who we truly are inside. Promoting inclusion and kindness this is a great book to share with a young audience.
Surely all any child wants is to be accepted for who…
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There’s a theory of self-development called Ikigai* (see an explanation here) in which you can consider the intersection of four elements: what you are good at; what you love doing; what you can be paid for; and what the world needs. If you list items under each of these headings, and then identify the areas … Continue reading Maslow’s Ikigai for authors
Repost: An excellent read from Irish writer Evie Gaughan I read somewhere that you don’t become a writer; you discover you are one, and I suppose that’s what happened to me. People always talk about their love of books as a child, but I also had a love of stories and storytelling. So much so, … Continue reading On discovering that one is a writer…
Into bookshops, of course. Scandinavian bookstores to be exact, some of which are worth the investment of several hours. Although all these shops have sections where English books are stacked and shelved in their dozens, I found myself drawn to the local language books. Here I confirmed that, for better or worse for us authors, … Continue reading Cover me, I’m going in…