Jackie’s Annual Poetry/Stories in Verse Competition is now open…

It’s that time again – but this time Summer is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with a Xmas Competition… Running from 15th November to 15th January 2017     Unpublished Never edited by yours truly Any theme Must be written in rhyme and meter A poem captures a moment (usually shorter) A verse […]

Feeling useful and a bit of trumpet blowing

You know, there is nothing more rewarding than feeling useful and today I got to feel very useful indeed thanks to a writer’s response to a manuscript edit that I did for them. Here’s what they said… Wow!! What an awesome job you’ve done.  Your changes are so obvious but I would never see them […]

The Sydney SCBWI conference – July 2014

    Oh my goodness how excited am I? . VERY, VERY BLOOMING EXCITED!   That’s how excited I am and I’m going to tell you why. . Next July at the Sydney SCBWI conference I will be appearing on a panel along with the Managing Director, Publisher, Marketing and Publicity Manager of Walker Books […]

What’s the difference between a rhyming poem and a story written in rhyming verse?

As you might know, periodically I run a competition for people who love to write in rhyme. My New Spring Competition is underway as we speak (the deadline is midnight Wednesday 30th October). Some people have asked the question – what is the difference between a rhyming poem and a story written in rhyming verse? […]

Children’s Week 18th – 26th October

As part of Children’s Week I have been invited along with fellow writers/authors Karen Collum, Nadine Cranenburgh and Ben Sanders to take part in a ‘Letters and Words’ reading event on the morning of Thurs 24th Oct in Ballarat at M.A.D.E.                         I’m not […]