Posted in Art, Super Mums, Uncategorized, Year 12 Perspectives

Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition

This may seem like a small divergence from my usual topics- which tend to largely focus on writing and me. But continue reading- you won’t be disappointed, it still is about me!!

I went to the Year 12 Perspectives Art Exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA. It’s an anuual exhibition of the top artwork from the newly graduated year 12s . WOW. I tell you what we are nuturing some amazing creativity here in WA (cultural mecca of Oz). These kids- mostly around seventeen years old demonstrate fabulous skills, but mostly perceptions about the world that bely their age! I was floored by the depth of thought, the political ideas, the awareness of their world around them. Those critics  who bang on about the self-absorption of teenagers need to check out this artwork- it’s quite humbling!

Anywho, back to me. There was this one piece of work that appealed to me above all others. It was a painting of a woman, with arms like Shiva (plenty of them) each engaged in another activity. Like juggling, ironing etc- all you working parents get the idea! There was the baby in the high chair and through the window was a dog (think Mambo-style) peeing on the laundry on the line, as a bird pooped on it too. Chaos ruled supreme! The painting was called, I think, Super Mum and I wished I remembered the artisit’s name. FANTASTIC! It’s a piece of work I’d love for myself. I stood in front of it thinking “that’s me!!”

Anyway ‘well done you art students’- thanks for the enjoyable exhibition! Back to my ironing and juggling and rollerblading and….


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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