Story Arts Festival 2017 2-10 September

story arts festival 2017Story Arts Festival 2017 presents a jam-packed celebration of children’s creative literature, authors and writing. You’ll be energized by the sheer creativity and the Story MAGIC.

Story Arts Festival 2017 shares sensational programs for writers, readers, schools, families and for children from 2-10 September 2017. TOP Australian children’s authors and illustrators will present enthralling and imaginative shows, theatre, musicals, workshops and demonstrations.

The Festival will be officially opened on Saturday 2nd September at the Ipswich Community Gallery where The Narelle Oliver Exhibition will be on display until 30th September.

Acclaimed authors: Yvonne Mes, Aleesah Darlison, Sandy Fussell, Megan Forward, Brian Falkner, Greg Dreise, Rebecca Johnson, Andrew King, Chris Collin, Micheal Gerard Bauer, Dave Lowe, Matt Stanton, Samantha Wheeler, James Foley and MORE are sharing their expertise at locations around Ipswich.

Check out all the Presenters

Story Arts Festival 2017 for Schools

 The festival provides free sessions for both primary and secondary school students. Students have the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, attend performances and exhibitions of illustration and take part in workshops. These are held at a number of venues around Ipswich.

Take a peek at the exciting children’s literature program for schools…

Vacancies for schools …  on Friday 8 SEP! Be quick!

Schools’ Program  

Classroom Resources

Writing Competition

Story Arts Festival 2017 for families

Come to special family events that will entertain and exhilarate you and your family …

Watch My DEAD Bunny – the Musical brought to you by THAT productions. Buy your tickets now.

PLUS and a host of celebrity children’s authors for events that will electrify and educate.

The festival offers a free program catering for families after school, sponsored by Ipswich City Councillors.  Bookings are essential as seats are limited.  You can book up to 10 tickets per family.

Family Program

Story Arts Festival 2017 for Adults & Writers

The adult program begins with a special FOILS (Friends of Ipswich Libraries) event on Sunday 3rd September at Ipswich Central Library with Singapore based Shamnin Flint, author of the Inspector Singh mysteries.  This is followed by a two-day conference at the Metro Hotel 9th – 10th September.  The program is designed for Teachers, Teacher-Librarians, Librarians, emerging writers and illustrators, readers and anyone with an interest in children’s literature.  It is an opportunity to mingle with the writers and illustrators on an informal basis.  Sessions will be both hands on and presentation style. All sessions are limited in number so book early to ensure a place.
A Steam Punk dinner will be held on the Saturday night with entertainment.

Top line publishers will meet with writers to discuss their manuscripts including Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, UQP, Wombat Books, Yellow Brick Road, Morris Publishing.

Come to a writing workshop to hone your writing skills.

Adults’ Program

Getting there:

Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16:
Ipswich Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. | Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St.
Parking information for Ipswich


Karen Tyrrell  (me)  & Steve Tyrrell have volunteered to help out during the festival. I can’t wait to learn how other authors present their talks. (I present my own school talks during Book Week 21-25 AUG)

MORE Volunteers with a Blue Card are urgently needed for the Ipswich school programs 4-8 September. Please leave a comment on

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Sunshine Coast Writers Festival 13 Aug

Sunshine CoastSunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival (SCIRWF) invited me to present two children’s author events on Sunday 13 August, 2017.  WOOHOO! I’m absolutely thrilled.

I’m presenting an interactive children’s storytelling event AND a book marketing event for authors. Check out my author bio below…

Sunshine Coast Karen Tyrrell BIO

Karen Tyrrell is an experienced Brisbane school teacher and keynote speaker. Karen won three awards,  four literary grants and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD). She is a writing tutor for Queensland Writers Centre and Brisbane City Libraries.

Karen’s seven acclaimed children’s books Bailey Beats the Blah, STOP the Bully, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, Super Space Kids Series, Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird 1) and The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) ignite imagination and positive self-esteem. All books are available at the festival via Sandy Pages book shop in the Coolum Civic Hall nearby.

Sunshine Coast … Song Bird Superhero Battles Bug World

Karen Tyrrell (that’s me) performs Song Bird Superhero Battles Bug World with costumes and props. Her side-kick Super Bee AKA Steve Tyrrell shares tips on how to save bees and reads from his guest author chapter, chapter 6.

These are her latest books in an empowering book series that help kids live STRONG, utilizing humour and self-belief. Karen gives out FREE Capilano Honey bags with the purchase of The Battle of Bug World.

WHERE:  Jack Morgan Park, Park St, Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Marquee 1

WHEN: Sunday 13th August 9-9-45 am

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast … Marketing and Author Tours Talk

Karen Tyrrell, Pam Rushby, Michelle Worthington present …

You have done it! Your book is published, but now you have to sell it. Join these three prolific and successful authors on ‘a tour of an author’s tour’.

Three children’s authors (including me) share our pro-active advice on how to get your books out to the world.  We reveal our tips for Blog Tours and Book Tours.

WHERE: Jack Morgan Park, Park St, Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Marquee 2

WHEN: Sunday 13th August 1-1:45 am

WHO else is on the Sunshine Coast children’s program?

Elaine Ouston, Dimity Powell, Chris Collin, Dee White, Casey Ardron, Dean O’Brien, Gayle Torrens.

Check out the program which runs from 9am to 5pm HERE

All kids under 13 are FREE.

Get your tickets HERE

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Arts Queensland Approves Book Grant

Arts QueenslandArts Queensland approved funding for my tenth book. I can’t believe it!

Recently, I Karen Tyrrell tore open an official letter from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.  Inside, she explained how I was successful with my Arts Queensland grant application.

This is my 4th literary grant and my very first grant with Arts Queensland… I’m gob-smacked.

Thanks Arts Queensland!

Now, I have the approved funds to write, edit, publish and market my empowering picture book for children and families.  Thanks Arts Queensland for giving me this awesome opportunity. I promise to fulfill all my obligations in my agreement.

Arts Queensland

Thanks to my sponsor Logan City Council

Earlier this year, I won a sponsorship from Logan City Council to publish this book. HERE

Then, I took this sponsorship to apply for an Arts Queensland grant.  Previously, I won 3 RADF grants through Logan City Council.

In 2015, I won a RADF grant to publish picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. It’s about a boy who’ll never give up helping his Grandpa remember. It’s endorsed by Alzheimer’s Australia. Harry won *5 STAR Reviews on Goodreads, Reading Time, Buzzwords & Amazon. Reviews HERE.

What’s my NEW book about?

My empowering children’s book is titled City of Logan: Let’s Explore.

City of Logan: Let’s Explore empowers new families especially migrants and refugees.

My picture book will feature Logan environmental, educational and community centres and services in a compelling children’s story. I’m very passionate about the subject matter and how it will support children and families.

Who benefits from my Arts Queensland Grant?

Children, families, teachers, migrants, refugees, schools, pre-schools and the local community.

Introducing the winning creative team, who will work together with me on this innovative project …

Aaron Pocock renowned children’s illustrator and artist will create all the illustrations.

Kev Web respected wildlife photographer will snap photos to help Aaron create his illustrations.

Anthony Puttee and his team at Book Cover Café will edit and design this book.

Steve Tyrrell: my support system and man Friday.

Of course, I’ll be working closely with Logan City Council, Logan City schools and the community, to produce a relevant book to support children, families and groups.

Anthony Puttee, Aaron Pocock & Karen Tyrrell

5 Tips to win an Arts Queensland Grant

In 2015-17, I presented grant writing seminars in Brisbane. Here’s  my key pointers …

  1. Develop a clear, empowering vision of what your book or project will achieve.
  2. Research and plan ahead with key dates on a shared time line.
  3. Win a sponsorship with a corporate or government organization. See tips above and below.
  4. Apply for an Arts Queensland grant, detailing compelling and well-defined statements, goals and objectives
  5. Connect with the community. Collect letters of support from key community members.

What comes next?

Soon, I begin writing my picture book and confirming the time line with my awesome team.

Please stay tuned

In  February 2018, I will announce the book cover and the book launch. Please, please support me.

WHO supports my Arts Queensland grant and my community project?

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School Talks Save Bees & Environment

ECO Logo white background.pngSchool talks to Save the Bees and the environment are coming soon …

Today I, Karen Tyrrell, Brisbane teacher announce my ECO author talks based on my *5 STAR junior fiction novel, The Battle of Bug World- Song Bird 2

A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden.

All the bees and bugs are disappearing.

A giant sinkhole cracks open beneath Rosie’s school bus, and mysterious voices rise up from the depths.

A giant tornado blasts the house of Frank, Rosie’s sinister next-door neighbour, threatening Rosie’s family.

And Rosie’s sister, Raven, has gone missing.

Should Rosie lead a mission into Bug World to rescue Raven?

Or stay home and save her family?

Song Bird 2

I, Karen Tyrrell present ECO talks including power point presentation, interactive talks, dramatic book readings and quizzes with prizes… to Brisbane and surrounds.

Karen Tyrrell Bug World

School Talks to Save the environment

Dressed as Song Bird Superhero, I present empowering talks jam-packed with positive strategies about saving the environment and stopping the bully.

The talks focus on how kids can RECYCLE … REUSE … REDUCE at home and at school.


School Talks to Save the Bees

Mr Bee AKA Steve Tyrrell presents talk on saving the bees and what children can do. Steve is a guest author The Battle of Bug World, writing chapter 6.

He wrote chapter 2 in Song Bird Superhero.

Every child will receive a Capilano Honey gift bag with kid’s stuff from my sponsor Capilano Honey. (while stocks last).


Schools Talks to Empower

Our talks are all about kids believing in themselves, connecting with their inner superheroes and making a difference to the planet.

We teach practical ways kids can helps the bees and the environment at home, school and in their own garden.


YAY! A Gold Coast school booked our ECO talk for year 6. This school also booked us for

story-telling sessions for picture books Bailey Beats the Blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

Bailey storytelling

I present a story telling session on my book novel STOP the Bully which incorporates a bully prevention talk.  In fact, they booked us for a whole day of author talks. Find out about our range of talks and presentations HERE

BESTHow to Develop an Interactive School Talks

  1. Publish several children’s books that are linked to current curriculum and school needs.
  2. Develop FREE teacher resources and kid’s activities that parents, teachers & kids can download. HERE
  3. Create costumes and/or puppets and props based on your books.
  4. Create a multi-faceted program that includes educational talks, story-telling and creative writing workshops.
  5. Write an enticing proposal. Offer schools value for money.
  6. Contact local schools with your proposal.
  7. Blog about your school programs and author talks. Share on social media.

school talks

Would you like Steve and I to visit your school?

Please leave a comment here OR on my contact page and I will send your my FULL proposal with options and a quote?

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Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2)

JoKin-Terra-Facebook-Timeline-Covers-1Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) by educator & reviewer ABC Jenny…

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by author Karen Tyrrell …

‘One chapter tonight, then off to bed,’ I innocently said to my two boys, as I began Karen Tyrrell’s

Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2)

ktyrrell-jokin-cover-lsi.inddSeven chapters later…

‘Just one more, I want to see who the fourth person is in the Super Space Kids team,’ Tommy said.

‘But it’s given me a great story idea, can I write the beginning?’ Charlie said, already heading for the table.

How could a mum say no to her kids wanting to read and write? My answer you can see in the photos below.

Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

As a Mum of two boys aged 8 and 9, and a primary school teacher for over  20 years…

I knew when reading the first chapter aloud to my two boys  they were hooked. They felt they had a lot in common with the main character, Jo-Kin, a school kid who enjoyed online games.

Although, unfortunately for my boys, that is where the similarities end, as Jo-Kin embarks on a space adventure to save the galaxy and his Commander’s little sister. The adventures take you from the school classroom to outer space with many cool technical gadgets my kids could only dream about, although they are not too sure on some of the food mentioned.

Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) could be used as a mentor text for many areas in school. A few are listed below:

  • S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities around inventions, space travel and our galaxy
  • English activities such as writing recipes for the food mentioned and their own space adventure stories
  • Personal Capabilities activities based on resilience and team building

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2)

It’s suitable to read aloud for students from Year One, or for students to read independently who are reading Lexile level 300 and above. The action and language used, especially the onomatopoeia’s (words which describe sounds) make it a fun book to read aloud. Each chapter holds the interest of the reader or audience and keeps them wanting to read more to find out what happens next. So be prepared for the words, ‘just one more chapter, please.’

Jo Kin 4

If you are an educator, Karen Tyrrell’s website is filled with ideas on not only this book, but her many other children’s fictional books which deal with bully prevention, environment, resilience and empowerment.

Stay tuned for Charlie and Tommy’s thoughts on Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2) … Coming soon to a galaxy near you.

Jenny Graham  (Facebook abcJenny)


FREE Resources Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra … scroll down the page HERE

Buy on AMAZON Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra (Super Space Kids 2)

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Winners Battle of Bug World Book Give Away

winners ktyrrell-songbird-bugworld-fb-bannerAnnouncing Winners  The Battle of Bug World – Song Bird 2 #BookGiveAway

Thanks to everyone who followed The Battle of Bug World Blog Tour. Thanks too for registering in Battle of Bug World #BookGiveAway.

Winners The Battle of Bug World – Song Bird 2 … BLURB

Song Bird Superhero AKA Rosella Ava Bird leads a rescue mission to STOP the bully, save her sister, the bees and the environment. Three friends: one bullied, one disabled, one geek … battle cyclones, baddies and bullies.

winners Song Bird 2Check out TEN *5 STAR Reviews from teachers, counselors, authors and parents. HERE

Winners Blog Tour The Battle of Bug World

First, I’d like to thank the Blog Tour hosts who created, promoted and shared a post on their website.

  1. Kids Book Review asked me 12 Curly Questions:

  1. Just Write for Kids reviewer Kellie Byrnes reviewed The Battle of Bug World:

  1. Georgina Ballantine CYA Conference winner and reviewer reviewed The Battle of Bug World:

  1. How to Write Junior Fiction interview by Megan Higginson:

5. Norah Colvin interviewed me at Readilearn and shared Teacher BEE resources …

Karen Tyrrell Bug WorldWINNERS The Battle of Bug World Blog Tour


And the winners The Battle of Bug World are…

Signed copies: The Battle of Bug World … Lucy McGinley & Vanessa ‘Flicking on the Book’

Artwork: The Battle of Bug World … Kara McLeod

Children’s book assessment (First 10 pages) … Artelle Lenthall

The Battle of Bug World on Amazon in print & eBook  HERE 

Available at good Book Shops too.


Download FREE teacher’s resources & Kids Activities HERE

Thanks for supporting The Battle of Bug World.

Which Blog Tour Review OR interview did you ENJOY the MOST?  

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Media The Battle of Bug World-Song Bird 2

Battle of Bug World interiew with ABC radioMedia published newspaper stories and an ABC radio interview featuring The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2). I was thrilled to discover the media sharing my positive messages on bully prevention, girl power, caring for bees … and the environment.

Song Bird 2

The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) … BLURB

A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden.

All the bees and bugs are disappearing.

A giant sinkhole cracks open beneath Rosie’s school bus, and mysterious voices rise up from the depths.

A giant tornado blasts the house of Frank, Rosie’s sinister next-door neighbour, threatening Rosie’s family.

And Rosie’s sister, Raven, has gone missing.

Should Rosie lead a mission into Bug World to rescue Raven?

Or stay home and save her family

Media ABC Radio Interview

ABC Radio Interview

ABC Radio Podcast with Emma Griffith

Brisbane announcer, Emma Griffith interviewed me *LIVE* asking me why I address social issues like bullying, wellness and the environment.

ME: “A lot of kids out there are being bullied and they want a superhero on their side who’s going to help them through and make them feel good about themselves!”

Click to listen to the FULL radio podcast posted on their ABC website. HERE

Media Courier Mail QWeekend

QWeekend published my quirky story My First Car. It’s all about my love-hate relationship with my first car, a Morris Marina, as a young Sydney school teacher.

IMG_7402Here’s a snippet from My First Car

… “On weekends, I navigated to rock venues to see INXS and Midnight Oil. That’s when I could get the engine started… My most memorable journey happened in 1981, when I married the love of my life, Steve Tyrrell, and we drove to Melbourne for our honeymoon.

In 1983, my friends Diane borrowed my Marina, but was T-boned by another car at a crossing. She was unhurt, but my resilient Marina was a write-off. Later, meeting the insurance guy at the wreckers for an inspection felt like saying goodbye to my first boyfriend.” — Karen Tyrrell

At the end of the media story, QWeekend published details of my book launch at Logan North Library on 24 June. Here’s the latest News on my book signings …

Book Signings

This Saturday, 8 July 11.30am I perform a dramatic reading of The Battle of Bug World at Bookface bookshop Orion Shopping Centre Springfield Central in FULL Superhero costume and props. I cosplay my alter ego Rosella Ava Bird, Rosie for short, wearing blue feathered wings. Meet me from 11-1 for book signings and a chat. Park near the lake … Opposite Bookface.

Book signings and FREE Capilano Honey bag with book purchase

15 July 10-1pm Dymocks Westfields Chermside 

Book signings and FREE Capilano Honey bag with book purchase

22 July 10.30-1pm Dymocks Westfields Northlakes

Book signings and FREE Capilano Honey bag with book purchase.


Media magazine, SheBrisbane

She Brisbane magazine focusses on my “Inspiring story of how three friends battle bugs, baddies and bullies to save the bees and the planet.”

Read the Full Story HERE.

Media Karen Tyrrell Bug World

The Battle of Bug World available on Amazon HERE  … & good Book Shops.

Thanks for dropping by to read my media stories and support The Battle of Bug World.

Which media story did you ENJOY?  

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Amazon Release The Battle of Bug World + Book Giveaway

Amazon release Amazon released The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2), empowering children’s eco fantasy.

Amazon released my book across the globe, in every continent. It’s now available in print and eBook.

Three friends: one bullied, one disabled, one geek … battle cyclones and bullies to save the bees, the environment … and Rosie’s sister.

Check out six *5 STAR Reviews from teachers, counsellors, authors and parents. HERE

On Saturday, I launched The Battle of Bug World at Logan North Library to a crowd of bees, bugs and superheroes. SUPER bee made his first public appearance.

Bees, Birds and Superheroes at The Battle of Bug World Book launch

Bees, Birds and Superheroes at The Battle of Bug World Book launch


Today The Battle of Bug World zooms into book shops across Australia including Dymocks, BookFace, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryan and independent stores. This week, I begin my book signing tour with me dressed as Song Bird Superhero, and SUPER bee buzzing along too.

FREE Capilano Honey gift bag with every purchase.

Song Bird & Superbee

SUPER Bee and Song Bird Superhero

Book Signing:  Meet Karen Tyrrell AKA Song Bird Superhero & SUPER Bee

  • 29 June 11-2 Angus & Robertson Ipswich Riverlink
  • 1 July 9.30-12 Dymocks Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
  • 8 July 11-1 BookFace Orion, Springfield Central
  • 15 July 10-1 Dymocks Westfield Chermside
  • 22 July 10.30-1 Dymocks Westfield Northlakes

If you can’t get to a book shop, you can buy a copy online at Amazon The Battle of Bug World.

Download FREE teacher’s resources & Kids Activities   COMING  WED 28 June 6PM EST

To celebrate my Amazon release I’m presenting a Blog Tour and book giveaway. See below

Song Bird 2Amazon Release Blog Tour – The Battle of Bug World

Karen Tyrrell launches her new release The Battle of Bug World, children’s fun-filled eco fantasy.

Can Song Bird STOP the bully, save her sister, the bees and the environment?

Look what’s happening to celebrate the Amazon release of The Battle of Bug World.


From Mon June 26 AMAZON LAUNCH  … Comment Below.

From Tues June 27 CURLY Q’S Kids Book Review

Since Tues June 27 REVIEW Just Write For Kids

From Wed June 28 REVIEW

Since Thurs June 29 Writing Junior Novels

From Fri June 30 REVIEW & interview

amazon releaseBOOK GIVEWAYS!

Just leave a comment on any of the posts in the blog tour, to win a signed copy of The Battle of Bug World Add initials SB2

FREE Children’s Book Assessment!

Win a free children’s book assessment (up to 10 pages) by the author Karen Tyrrell. Just comment on any of the posts in the blog tour and add the initials CBA

FREE Artwork!

Win signed artwork by illustrator Trevor Salter. Add initials AW

Remember the more you comment, the more chances you have to win prizes for  The Battle of Bug World Blog Tour. Good luck 😊 Winners announced Friday 7th July.

 Please comment below WIN a FREE Copy Song Bird 2, Artwork OR book assessment.

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ABC Radio interview Karen Tyrrell Author

ABC RadioABC Radio will interview me on my children’s eco fantasy , The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2). I’m thrilled ABC Radio will interview me … but I’m nervous at the same time.

The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) is a page-turning superhero adventure with a bullied female protagonist and a science wiz sidekick zooming around in a modified wheelchair. Two friends unite discovering their superpowers through singing, science and believing in themselves. Can Song Bird STOP the bully, save her sister, the bees and the environment? … Whilst crushing stereotypes and kicking ass.

Karen Tyrrell Bug World

 Why ABC Radio?

ABC Radio announcer Spencer Howson interviewed me for my very first book, Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness back in 2012. He was keen to find out how a bullied teacher became mentally ill and how she recovered. (That’s me author Karen Tyrrell, winner of three awards.)

Now eight books on, The Battle of Bug World addresses bullying too. But this time, it’s my alter ego Rosella Ava Bird AKA Song Bird Superhero who battles bullies to save the environment and the bees. Above all, Rosie must save her sister Raven and her family from an evil genius and a world ravaged by climate change.

 What’s my message?

My message is all about self-empowerment and connecting with your inner superhero.

Can a bullied girl and her disabled sidekick make a difference in this world?

I can’t wait to share all with journalist and announcer Emma Griffith.

Who is Emma Griffith on ABC Radio?

From breaking news and political reporting to the latest in entertainment, Emma Griffiths loves the variety of presenting a fast-paced Drive program. Like many of her listeners, Emma is dealing with the juggle of raising of two young children, full time work and creating some balance in life.


What’s my ABC radio chat about?

I’ll be chatting about bullies, bees, crushing stereotypes, wellness and health. Please tune in for an unedited LIVE interview. Who knows what I might say!

ABC radio interview

Who: Emma Griffith interviews Karen Tyrrell author

What: The release of The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) on June 24. Plus, I’ll announce my book signing events at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson and Book face.

Where: ABC Brisbane radio at 612

When: Tuesday 20th June at 3.20 pm

Tune in 20 June 3.20 pm

Tune in 20 June 3.20 pm

 How can you PLEASE support me?

  1. Write down the interview time in your diary.
  2. Listen in next Tuesday at 3.20 pm.
  3. Share this VIP news with everyone you know.
  4. Come to my interactive storytelling book launch at Logan North Library on 24 June 11am. Book 3412 4140 HERE
  5. Buy a copy of The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) from your local bookshop.

Song Bird 2

WHO’s listening in next week?

Please let me know. I’m biting my nails here. Leave your comment below. I’m dying to find out…  Love to hear from you.

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Why I Write Author Platform

whyWhy I write? Authors must express WHY they write to connect with their readers. Writers must reveal what they stand for, and WHY they create the work they do–and for whom they are creating it.

This is the Number #1 step for creating an authentic author platform.

I, Karen Tyrrell create books, driven as a survivor of parent teacher bullying and PTSD. I write to empower adults and kids to live strong. I don’t want you to experience the trauma I did.

Each of my nine books share positive message on how to be resilient and persevere against the odds.

Why I write

Why I write Memoirs and Self-help books

When I was a school teacher, I was bullied and stalked by parents at my school to breaking point and beyond. I wrote my trail-blazing memoir Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness to share my story to the world. In 2012, I published it, receiving interviews on TV, radio and newspaper across the world. In 2013,

I published the sequel, Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery, part memoir, part self-help book endorsed by Black Dog Institute. Both books won mental health achievement awards.

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Why I Write books for children

I returned to teaching to prove I had recovered and I was well again. I wrote empowering books to help kids live strong. My positive uplifting stories feature children overcoming their struggles and challenges. Using humor and coping skills

 ★★★★★ STOP the Bully (Ages 6-12)

Eleven-year-old Brian is hiding something. His life is falling apart. Dad abandoned the family. Brian hates his new school. And now an aggressive bully attacks him every day. Can Brian STOP the Bully without revealing his secret?

★★★★★ Bailey Beats the BLAH (Ages 4-8)

Bailey HATES his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH! How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?

★★★★★ Harry Helps Grandpa Remember (Ages 4-8)

Harry will do anything to help his grandpa remember.

Bully Bailey Covers

 Why I Write Superheroes

I write superhero books for kids to show how they can connect with their inner superhero.

★★★★★ Song Bird Superhero (Ages 6-12)

Bullied girl, Rosella Ava Bird and a disabled kid dream of flying. Can they stop the bully and empower themselves through song, science and self-belief?

Can they crush stereotypes, stop the bully and save the school?

★★★★★ The Battle of Bug World (Book 2)

Three friends try to save Rosie’s sister, the bees and the planet for a catastrophe. At the same time, they must defeat the bully and crush stereotypes. I’m launching The Battle of Bug world on 24 June. HERE

‘Friends who stand together ALWAYS have Super powers.’ – Jackie French

Song Bird 2

Why I Write … and my author platform

Sharing ‘Why I Write’ helps me to connect with my readers on an emotional level.

Last Thursday, I shared my WHY with the Logan Women City in Business group.

This Thursday, I’m sharing my Author Platform with Helensvale Writers group.

Now over to you…

WHY do YOU Write?

What’s your WHY?

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