|Thu March 1||06.30pm||NSW Writers’ Centre||Writers’ Group Open Night, Keynote speaker|
|Thu April 12||03.30pm||Explore & Develop Artarmon||Author visit|
|Thu April 19||11.15 am||Chatswood Library||Preschool Storytime|
|Sat June 30||All day||NSW Writers’ Centre||Kids & YA festival|
|Fri Aug 10||7am||Ryde Civic Centre||City of Ryde Prayer Breakfast|
|Sat Aug 11||2pm||Mad Hatters Bookshop, Manly, Brisbane||Lily’s Balloon Launch|
|Tue Aug 21||9am||Orange Public School||Book Week Author visit|
|Wed Aug 22||10.30 am||Orange Christian School||Book Week Author visit|
|Wed Aug 22||1pm||Molong Public School||Book Week Author Visit|
|Thu Aug 23||9am||Canowindra Public School||Festival of Reading|
|Thu Aug 23||5.30pm||Orange City Library||Adults Event: In Conversation with Melanie Pearce|
|Fri Aug 24||09.10||Catherine Mcauley Catholic School||Book Week Author Visit|
|Sat Sep 1||3pm||Sydney launch|
|Sat Nov 10||9am-1pm||Beecroft Uniting Church||Market Day|
|Sat Dec 1||5pm||Roseville Lawn Tennis Club||Christmas Market|
|Tue Dec 4||5.30pm||Governor Hotel||Ryde District Mums Twilight Christmas Market|
|Sun Dec 16||Headen Park, Sinclair Ave, Thornleigh||Thornleigh Community Carols and Night Market|
|Sun March 12||12 pm||Jindabyne||Snowy Mountains Readers Writers Children’s Festival|
|Mon Aug 21||1030||Trinity Early Learning Centre||Book Week author visit|
|Tue Aug 22||0930||St Lucy’s at St Joseph’s, Narrabeen||Book Week author visit|
|Tue Aug 22||1200||Pacific Hills Christian School, Dural||Book Week author visit|
|Wed Aug 23||0845||Barker College Prep, Hornsby||Book Week author visit|
|Thu Aug 24||900||
Wycliffe Christian School,
|Book Week author visit|
|Fri Aug 25||The Anglican School, Googong||Book Week author visit|
|Fri Aug 25||Arawang Primary School, Waramanga, ACT||Book Week author visit|
|Sat Sept 9||3pm||Boronia Park Uniting church Hall||
Gemma gets the Jitters!
|Fri Dec 1||4pm||St John’s Gordon||Twilight Christmas Market|
|Sat Dec 9||7pm||Blacktown Carols in the Park||Carols MC with Duncan from Hope breakfast|
|Sat Dec 16||9am||Beecroft Uniting Church||Christmas Market|
|Fri Sept 16||10.30AM||Parramatta Library||Author story time|
|Thur Sept 8||9 AM||Cowan Public School||Cowan/Brooklyn Children’s Writers’ Festival|
|Fri Aug 26||10 AM||Loquat Valley Anglican School||BOOK WEEK Author visit|
|Tue Aug 23||1 PM||Tara ELC and Junior School||BOOK WEEK Author visit|
|Mon Aug 22||10 am||St Lucy’s School, Wahroonga||BOOK WEEK Author Visit|
|Tue Aug 16||10.30AM||Christ Church Gladesville Preschool||Author visit|
|Fri July 8||9 AM||Queenstown Public School, NZ||Author visit|
|Tue Jun 21||10AM||Recharge for Mothers of Preschoolers, Epping Church of Christ||Guest speaker|
|Tue Jun 14||10 AM||Macquarie Chapel, Playtime||Author story time|
|Thur Jun 9||10 AM||Macquarie Chapel, Playtime||Guest speaker|
|Fri May 27||10 AM||Livvi’s Place, Ryde||Author story time|
|Fri May 20 – Sat May 21||The Menzies, Sydney||CBCA National Conference, Delegate|
|Mon May 16||10 AM||Livvi’s Place, Five Dock||Author story time|
|Tue May 3||10AM||Explore & Develop, North Ryde||Author visit|
|Tue Apr 5||10AM||Explore & Develop, Macquarie Park||Author visit|
|Fri Apr 1||11AM||Griffith Library||Storytime|
|Thu Mar 31||10AM||Coleambally Preschool||Author visit|
|Wed Mar 30||9.30AM||Darlington Point Public School||Author visit and library opening|
|Tue Mar 29||Yenda Public School||Author visit|
|Sun Mar 6||7.45 am||Reef Restaurant, The Haven, Terrigal||Soroptimist International, Central Coast Branch,IWD Breakfast, Guest speaker|
|Sat Jan 23||11 am||Balmain Public Library||Author Storytime|
|Sat Jan 16||11 am||Leichhardt Public Library||Author Storytime|
It’s been a busy time promoting Same in the media all across the country. In the past few weeks I’ve talked to 96five in Brissy, chatted with Outback Radio 2WEB, and appeared on ABC News 24 Weekend Breakfast with Matt and Miriam. It was my first time ever on national television so I was nervous for about 2 weeks before! This probably seemed a little ridiculous to my hubby, who used to read the news on Sky every day! I didn’t stuff up too badly, except the moment I said ‘maked’ instead of ‘made’. What was I thinking? I blame hanging out with 3 year old, who regularly says things like ‘I eated all my dinner’ and ‘I goed to the shops’. Since I said the word ‘maked’ on national television, I’ve discovered that I often used her 3 year old speech patterns, and have found myself eating ‘tussert’, wearing ‘tujamas’ and saying something is ‘tusgusting’!
Oct 7 was World Cerebral Palsy Day and I was excited to have a blog post on Huffington Post. This got a great response with a lot of traffic on the day. I went over to visit my brother Charlie at the end of the week and read the post aloud to him. I was a bit worried about what he’d think, but he really teared up at the end and I knew that he was proud of it.
For the next few weeks I’m visiting some schools and preschools with Same. If you would like me to visit your school or preschool, please get in touch through the contact page of this website.
|Thur Dec 3||10.30am||Mosman Library||Author Storytime|
|Wed Dec 2||11 am||Gladesville Library||Author Storytime|
|Thur Nov 26||10 am||Trinity Early Learning Centre||Author visit|
|Thur Nov 19||9 am||Covenant Christian School||Christmas Markets|
|Thur Nov 5||9 am||Belmore North Public School||Author/illustrator visit|
|Sat Oct 31||TBC||Trinity Early Learning Centre||Open Day|
|Mon Oct 26||9.45am||St John’s Preschool, Ashfield||Guest Author|
|Mon Oct 19 & Thur Oct 22||9.30 am||St Dunstan’s Preschool, Eastwood||Guest Author|
|Sun Sept 13||12-2pm||NSW Writer’s Centre, Rozelle||CBCA Big Book Day Out|
|Thu Sept 7||9.30am||KU Chatswood West||Guest author, celebrating 120 years of KU|
|Mon Sept 7||9.30am||KU Chatswood West||Guest author, celebrating 120 years of KU|
|Fri Sept 4||1pm||Toongabbie Christian School||Guest author, Book Week|
|Mon Aug 24||All day||Boronia Park Public School||Guest author, Book Week|
|Sat Aug 22||3 PM||Ryde Presbyterian Church Hall||Launch of Same|
|Sat Feb 21||3.30 PM||South Curl Curl SLSC||Launch of Emily Eases Her Wheezes|
I was so excited when my copy of The Book Curator magazine arrived in the mail earlier this month. It was one of the very first published reviews of Same, even before the launch.
The Book Curator is published by Apt School Resources who supply books to many Australian schools, particularly private and Christian schools. Rowena Beresford has become a friend of mine (through our shared love of children’s books) and I knew that she had a heart for Same from the start. But it was still a thrill to see this lovely feature and review. It was also a bit of a shock to realise that I now actually have three books out! How did that happen?
‘Katrina Roe has written a touching story for children up to the age of 7, that explores love, acceptance and finding common ground, showing that we can be different but the same. Her story is beautifully illustrated by Jemima Trappel, who has used colour to complement the feelings of Ivy, the mood of colour changing with Ivy’s journey through acceptance. Jemima has also captured Ivy’s anxiety with perfection in her portrayal of facial expressions, to the happiness of acceptance and finding something the same.
‘Same’ is a wonderful book to open discussion about differences between all types of people. It encourages children to find in what ways they are the same as someone who is physically different, or challenged, breaking through the barrier of fear that comes with the unknown when someone appears different.’
Yesterday was a wonderful day.
While awaiting the imminent birth of my third child (any day now) I decided to take a hike on the Bay Walk in Sydney’s Inner West. (My mum had called me the day before and mentioned that a long walk around Centennial Park had kicked off her labor with my sister forty-something years ago.) It was a glorious day, the sun was shining, my eight-year-old was charging ahead on her bike, my three-year-old resting contentedly in the pram and even though I am currently the size of a whale, I was very much enjoying getting some exercise and fresh air with the family.
So when a text arrived from my illustrator Leigh Hedstrom, with a link to the ‘just announced’ CBCA Book of the Year Notables list, I tried not to get too excited. It’s probably just a link relating to a mutual friend, I told myself, or perhaps one of Leigh’s books with another author…
So it was a wonderful and much unexpected surprise to see that our latest collaboration, Emily Eases her Wheezes had made the ‘Notables’ list in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, alongside 15 other beautiful new Australian books. It was also pleasing to hear that the CBCA President commented that the category was particularly strong this year. We were listed alongside books by the major publishers like Penguin, Walker Books and Allen & Unwin.
Congratulations to all the other authors who made the Shortlist and the Notables list.
As expected, many of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators are there: Jackie French, Margaret Wild, Libby Gleeson, Alison Lester, Aaron Blabey, Freya Blackwood, Robert Ingpen and Stephen Michael King, but a special mention should go to new authors such as Clare Atkins and Lesley Gibbes – what an incredible achievement for them! Congrats!
|Sat Nov 15||TBC||Meet the Author Christmas Book Market|
|Sat Aug 30 & Sun Aug 31||All day||Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park||Book Expo Australia|
|Tue Aug 19||1pm||Toongabbie Christian School||Book Week, visiting author|
|Sat June 30||All day||NSW Writer’s Centre||Attending Children’s and YA Literature Festival|
|Tue June 3||10.30am||Abbotsleigh||Guest author, Abbotsleigh Literary Festival|
|Sat May 17 & Sun May 18||All day||Rex Hotel, Canberra||Discovering National Treasures
CBCA National Conference, Delegate
|Sat March 29||9 am||City Recital Hall||MC, Flourishing Faith in Dangerous Places conference|
Starting school is a big deal for any kid, but for children with food allergies, it’s especially challenging. When my daughter, who is allergic to peanuts and eggs, started school two years ago, I had no idea what to do. We nervously handed in her Anaphylaxis Action Plan, put allergy-warning stickers on her lunch box and hoped for the best. Fortunately, I’ve learnt a bit since then so I wrote this article for Kidspot!
If you also have a child with a food allergy, here are a few tips to keep your little one safe at school.
8 tips for keeping your child with food allergies safe at school:
- Educate your child about their allergies
- Ask for a face-to-face meeting with the school to nut out the tough issues
- Send a note home to the other class parents
- Ask the teacher if you can speak to the class about food allergies
- Find out how the school canteen really operates
- Develop a strong relationship with your child’s teacher
- Give your child opportunities to be assertive and permission to be different
- Keep communicating
You can read the full article on Kidspot’s Parenting Exchange here!
And why not share the article to help educate your friends and family and keep our kids safe.