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Double Lives on Better Reading

If you missed out on the live ‘chat’, where I discuss my new novel Double Lives, never fear, here is a link to the recording at Better Reading…

https://www.facebook.com/BetterReadingAu/videos/1141994556404100/

And a link to their review

Read Our Review of Double Lives by Kate McCaffrey

https://www.betterreading.com.au/review/timely-and-compelling-read-our-review-of-double-lives-by-kate-mccaffrey/

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New Book Release: Double Lives

I know, I know, I’m terrible on social media. My profuse apologies but, you know, time gets away and the next thing you look back and it’s a year (actually to the day!) since the last post! Madness!

So, behind the scenes I’ve still been working. I’m in the middle of my PhD- a creative component and exegesis. The manuscript is about toxic masculinity and I have completed the first draft, so that has been productive.

In February, this year, I signed a contract with Echo Publishing on my first adult novel- Double Lives. As the title of this post suggests it is about to be released, officially on October 4th. Here is the promotional material..

Double Lives is the first adult novel from established Young Adult author Kate McCaffrey, exploring notions of truth, gender, identity and acceptance in a compelling account of a cold-case podcast.

When Western Australian radio journalist Amy Rhinehart decides to use a crime podcast to explore a gruesome murder, she’s seeking ratings, awards and career glory. Her idea: to use the listeners of the show as its co-creators, with live-time calls and suggestion boards. The case: Jonah Scott, charged and imprisoned for life for the murder of his girlfriend, Casey Williams. Although Jonah went to great lengths to hide the body, when arrested, he confessed immediately and pleaded guilty. Is the case really as open-and-shut as it would seem? Or is something more sinister afoot?

Amy’s investigation plunges her into a world of drugs, sex, gender identity and religious cults … and in her search for the truth, she finds she also has to answer questions within herself.

Threaded through the main narrative, the podcast transcripts represent a story-within-a-story, exploring the characters of Jonah and Casey and the relationship between them, expertly interwoven with Amy’s investigation.

Double Lives is both a sensitive and thoughtful examination of identity – who we are and how we are shaped – and a gripping detective novel. Throughout the book Kate focuses on the concept of truth, highlighting the bias that can be present in some reporting.

Double Lives is a thought-provoking exploration of what it means to live outside society.

So, there is a launch at Open Book in Mosman Park on the 6th October and a whole pile of podcasts and library visits coming up (which I will endeavour to update this blog with!). Book your tickets for the launch here .

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Reading Ambassador 2021

Today is Australia Reading Hour

It’s been a mad few weeks. We had Book Week and the opportunity to visit many schools across the state: Peter Moyes, Swan Valley Christian College, Kolbe College, Duncraig SHS, St George’s, Belridge SHS, Servite College,John Wollaston meeting students from all age groups talking about writing and reading.

Peter Moyes Anglican School

Today it is Australia Reads. As an Ambassador for Australia Reads I decided to sit outside and read The Dying Alchemists a debut book by author Nicholas Bennett. It is a fusion of science and wonder with poetry and art. The illustrations are by Tina Wilson. It is a truly beautiful book and one you should look out for.

Did you get an hour to read today?

If so, what was it?

Charlie and me reading The Dying Alchemists
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Creative Writing Workshops for the Composing Section of the English ATAR Exam

New this year is a second workshop to further develop your students’ skills in the Composing Section.

“Creating Lightbulb Moments” shows your students how to apply their knowledge of issues to an array of different stimuli.

Get in touch: katemccaffrey@bigpond.com.

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#authorsforfiries #authorsforfireys

Please check out the hashtags on Twitter to see what authors and illustrators around Australia are auctioning to help with bushfire relief

A signed copy of the US edition of In Ecstasy and a 5000 word manuscript appraisal plus one hour conversation… bid on Twitter

twitter.com/katemccaffrey70/status/1214799983272050688

I am now pleased to offer a new PD workshop to the education sector. Titled Using a Coded Marking and Feed Forward System – the workshop introduces proven tools and techniques designed to improve student outcomes and comes with a comprehensive book, available for purchase.  

The beginning of 2020 is an ideal time to obtain a comprehensive understanding of both the coded marking and feed forward concepts, while at the same time introducing your English Department to a concept that could literally cut their marking time in half!

Contact Kate at katemccaffrey@bigpond.com for more details.

 

Using a Coded Marking and Feed Forward System

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Internet and All That Jazz

BOOK ABOUT ONLINE WORLD A VALUABLE READ FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
KATE McCaffrey knows how to appeal to a young audience; after all, she spends most of her time inspiring teenagers to become more interested in literature. An English teacher at Sacred Heart College, McCaffrey immerses herself in the literary world daily, so it was far from a stretch when she decided to take up writing herself.
Ten years after her first young-adult novel Destroying Avalon hit the shelves, and with three more between it and her new offering Saving Jazz, McCaffrey said she tried to write stories and characters that teenage readers could relate to.
Her new book is no different, focusing on the dangers of social media and online bullying through the eyes of character Jasmine Lovely.
“Saving Jazz is about a house party that goes out of control,” she said.
“Jazz, from all appearances, has it all, the looks, intelligence and compassion.
“However, she finds herself the perpetrator of a horrible act, one that she struggles with daily.”
Not just for teenagers, McCaffrey said adults could also learn about the perils of the online world and the dangers it posed.internet and all that jazz

Cockburn Gazette16 Aug 2016                Jessica Nico
Picture: Martin Kennealey http://www.communitypix.com.au d455838
Author Kate McCaffrey with Year 11 students Olivia Fernandes,Bianca De Longis, Tess Dorrington and Eva Male.

“I think it will appeal to parents who don’t know about the existence of this world and definitely teachers who think it’s a conversation we need to have,” she said.

“The anonymity that the internet provided has been superseded with a lack of privacy.
“Where we once lived in fear of being bullied, we now live in fear of our mistakes being paraded around the world for everyone to see. Cyber bullying is never going to go away and, in all of its forms, it can have devastating consequences.”
Saving Jazz is at http://www.fremantlepress.com.au.