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The crickets freeze, the birds stop in mid-flight, the clouds forget to drift across the sky, the walls around me vanish and there’s only the story. I snuggle into the couch and turn the crisp white page. And then I’m off; I float across another world or stroll through...

December 31, 2018

I always feel sentimental and nostalgic at the close of a year. This time last year I was pregnant. The new year began with rain and itchy, swollen feet (according to my diary), but what I remember is a sizzling summer, days on the beach and the feel of the cool seawat...

August 7, 2018

Six months on, my moon-faced darling is an active little dumpling trying to grab everything – my hair, my phone, hot drinks, whatever toy her brother is holding. She has been known to send a half-written text message with one happy kick of her foot. And then there was...

April 17, 2018

Contractions are coming four minutes apart as we hurtle down the road. We’re about to hit rush hour traffic - I hope I don’t give birth on the side of the road! Luckily, the drive’s fine until just before the bridge where we are penned by lanes of heavy traffic. I real...

January 8, 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

I got a book voucher for Christmas which has to be one of the best presents to get me - I just love books!  With immense pleasure, I perused the book shop and here is my haul of books; two novels, a 2018 diary and a baby record book for the litt...

December 5, 2017

With the holiday season just around the corner, and some of you eagerly hoping for a snowy white Christmas, summer is here in New Zealand! Blue skies and sunshine reign, and I’m excited to say that one of my poems has just been published in the summer issue of OHBaby!...

November 2, 2017

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who came along to celebrate the launch of Joy and Pandemonium. It was so exciting to have my book baby launched at last. 

Thanks to Little Giants Kids Store and Baby on the Move East Auckland for donating the prizes, and congratulations t...

October 1, 2017

When I had a baby, I was inspired to write about the amazing and exhausting experience. I scrawled lines on odd bits of paper till I had enough for a collection of poems. Now, I am pleased to announce my book, Joy and Pandemonium, will be launched this month. The launc...

September 20, 2017

Nothing matches the joy and adrenalin of having your first baby. When I became pregnant, I was moved by the excitement  and the strange sensations to write poetry. I gave birth to a baby boy and reflected on the pain and exuberance of it. It felt like an exhausting, tr...

June 19, 2017

Three passionate writers captivated my attention at the 2017 Readers’ and Writers’ Showcase - Stu Duval, Tessa Duder and Owen Marshall. 

Stu Duval is an animated storyteller whose tales resonate with the 30,000 kids he performs to every year. He drew the audience into e...

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