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A short reprieve

Well, the publicity juggernaut has died down for a mo.  I can breathe a sigh of reief! Deep sigh! All went well at both the WAYRBA and CBC talks!

Which gives me pause for a momentary digression-

WAYRBA stands for Western Australia’s Young Readers’ Book Awards and when pronounced, people including those on the committee say “way-bra”, now at the risk of nit-picking it should be pronounced “wayer- bah”. But that sounds silly, doesn’t it. Now I got to thinking am I the only one who realises this (and of course I avoid the acronym at all- cause, 1.- it feels silly to say and 2. eveyone may thing I’m getting it wrong). So my suggestion to the folk of WA is why not make it- Western Australia’s Young Book Reader’s Awards (instant solution!) or  Western Australian’s Young Reader’s Awards (and forget the B altogether??)

What do any of you guys think?


I am an Australian author of YA and Adult fiction. My first novel Destroying Avalon (2006) published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press is about cyber bullying.My second novel In Ecstasy (2008) is about friendship and drugs. My third novel Beautiful Monster (2010)focuses on body image . Crashing Down (2014) was my fourth novel and is about teen pregnancy. Saving Jazz (2016), is a novel that looks the world of social media and what happens when your mistakes go viral. In 2019 I released a non-fiction book The (mostly) English Teachers' Survival Guide To Marking which outlines a coded marking and feed-forward system, designed to save teachers about 50% of their marking time. My first adult book Double Lives is being released in 2022. I live in Western Australia, with my husband, two daughters, a cat and two Maltese Shih Tzus.

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