Episode 59

In This Episode…

We discuss how we as author mums can support diversity; the importance of teaching kids history and #ownvoices books; and what we learned from R L Stine and Neil Gaiman’s Masterclasses, especially about the beginnings of books.

Pamela chats with Sue Whiting

Sue Whiting is a children’s and YA author and editor who has worked in publishing for two decades. Sue was senior commissioning editor and publishing manager for Walker Books Australia for many years before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing. As a storyteller and schools’ performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country. She is also a freelance children’s book editor and writing coach, and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Missing, the award-winning A Swim in the Sea and the CBCA Notable Books, Platypus, Get a Grip, Cooper Jones and Beware the Deep Dark Forest. Sue has two new releases in 2020: The Book of Chance a mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+: and Good Question, a picture book illustrated by Annie White.


Julie chats with Michelle Kadurasman

Michelle Kadarusman grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived in Indonesia and Canada. Her middle-grade novel The Theory of Hummingbirds was a finalist for the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award, the MYRCA Sundogs Award, and the SYRCA Diamond Willow Award. Her 2019 novel Girl of the Southern Sea is a Junior Library Guild selection. Michelle lives in Toronto, Canada, and is looking forward to soon spending more time in Australia.

Julie checks in with Kate O’Donnell

Kate O’Donnell is a children’s bookseller based in Melbourne. She divides her time between The Younger Sun bookshop in Yarraville Victoria, where she’s worked since its inception in 2007, and as a project editor at Scribble – while writing books for teenagers on the side. Kate is passionate about getting the best books into the hands of as many readers as possible.

Pamela reviews The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting

Julie reviews the The Theory of Hummingbirds by Michelle Kadurasman

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