Meet Author Karen Tyrrell at The Racing Cafe

Karen Tyrrell-page-001 - Header 2Meet author Karen Tyrrell at The Racing Cafe where I’ll share my intimate story of recovery over a delicious High Tea.

‘From INSANITY to award winning resilience Author.’

I’ll be at the Starting Gate … ready to reveal startling secrets on how parents of my student bullied, harassed and stalked me, a teacher until I reached breaking point … and beyond. I’ll share secrets from my empowering books Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery,

And tips to empower children to live STRONG from my children’s books: STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

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Come to The Racing Café, to hear Brisbane’s newest and thought provoking ‘Meet the Author’ series right on the race track. I’m the second author galloping out the gates after Award Winning Author Nick Earls was first out the gate two weeks ago. Come dine on a High Tea of delicious cream cakes, pastries and sandwiches.

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High Tea at The Racing Cafe

What’s my Connection with Horses?

My love of horses was spurred on during my first teaching Prac, when I joined the Pony Club in Young NSW. Later I was chomping on the bit, eager to start weekly horse riding lessons in earnest when I returned home to Sydney. I’ve always felt an affinity with horses since I was a child when my dad took me to Warwick Farm Racecourse.

Meet Author Karen Tyrrell

Join me for an intimate morning. Meet author Karen Tyrrell, Australian Award Winning Author for our second ‘Meet the Author’ series!

Only $25 per person including a yummy high tea. Booking essential. Call The Racing Cafe on (07) 3268 7388.

Karen Tyrrell-page-001 WHERE: The Racing Cafe, 317 Nudgee Rd Hendra

WHEN: Thursday 20th August 10am  

BOOKINGS Essential: Ring 3268 7388

The Flag is raised … I’m chomping at the bit, eager to start.

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Present Story Telling at Bookshops

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I presented a FUN story telling session with Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, exercising every theatrical trick I could muster. A lively audience of kids aged 3 to 8 arrived at The Mad Hatter Book Shop, Manly ready for the event.

First, I introduced myself as an author teacher and the cover of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember I asked the children about their grandpas, grandmas, nans and pops, then we discussed the word remember. I asked: How can you help Grandpa remember?

I read the story to the children with gusto, giving out as much emotion and inflection in my voice as possible. I paused at the right places to build intrigue. I re-enacted the story with actions where-ever possible.

At the end, I asked more key questions about the story: How did Harry help Grandpa remember? How can you remember?

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Story telling Harry Helps Grandpa Remember to kids & parents

I encouraged positive interaction from the children, encouraging them to respond with facial expressions, hand movements and chants. The aim was to immerse them in positive messages from Harry Helps Grandpa Remember: coping skills and memory boosters.

#5 Tips on Organizing a Story Telling Event

  1. Arrange a PRIME story telling program, date and time with the book shop, library or school.
  2. Plan and practice the session step by step, including your exact spiel, body language and movements. Practice your actions, voices, including your pre and after focus questions. Gather all the props you need including costumes, enlarged name tags and puppets.
  1. Work out what activities you’ll present afterwards. Make a sample of the completed craft activity to demonstrate to children. I presented puppet making with paddle pop sticks using crayons, scissors and sticky tape. Download Children’s Activities.
  1. Announce your story telling event on your website. Create an online flyer and share widely on social media. Send a copy to the venue so they can share too.
  1. Upload your event on local events sites e.g. Brisbane Kids, Go Duckling.
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Story Telling Bailey Beats the Blah at a local school

#10 Tips on Presenting a Story Telling Event

  1. Arrive early to set up: posters, banner, book display. Position your story books and any props near your reading chair. Set up your craft or thinking skill activities ready to start afterwards.
  1. Get into the spirit by wearing a themed costume, bright wig or funny hat.
  1. Use behaviour management skills to calm the children. Don’t allow calling out unless it’s part of an interaction or chant.
  1. Introduce yourself to the parents and the children as they arrive.
  1. Charge your camera ready to go. Request someone to take photos. (Request backs of children’s heads. No profile shots)… Now SMILE :)
  1. Read one of your other stories to early arrivals. I read Bailey Beats the Blah.
  1. Dramatize  your story with voice inflections, whispers, pauses and actions. Inject session with as much enthusiasm and energy as you can. Make your story telling as interactive as possible so children can physically respond to your story with chants, actions and responses. Perhaps thumbs up, thumbs down as an emotional response.
  1. In the craft area, I helped children with their activities. I engaged in conversation about their favourite parts of the story.
  1. Allow time to sign copies of your book. Hand out bookmarks. Tell the children and parents about your other books. I told them about STOP the Bully for kids 8-12. I gave out launch details for my upcoming book.
  1. FINISH on a positive note. Request positive feedback from the shop owner, librarian or school teacher. Discuss your next visit with your next book.
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Story telling Harry Helps Grandpa remember at Mad Hatters Book shop

What did I LOVE about Story Telling?

I was overwhelmed by the super-enthusiastic feedback from kids and their parents. I LOVED watching their little faces light up, totally mesmerized and enthralled by Bailey Beats the Blah and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

Gee I MISS teaching sometimes!

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Winners of CYA Conference 2015

Winners-announcementI celebrated the ultimate event in my Writer’s year …

The Australian CYA Conference at Southbank TAFE, Brisbane celebrated its 10th birthday anniversary. A one-day action-packed  creative  retreat for writers. Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

I shared this amazing day with my writing buddies and colleagues, participating in writing courses, scribbling down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.

becket_10years_fireworks-2_med_hr-5Who WON first place in the CYA Conference Writing Competitions?

DRUM ROLL ...
Picture Book Preschool …Diane Jackson Hill.

Picture Book Primary School … Kerri Day

Picture Book Non Fiction …Jenny Baber

Younger Chapter Books … 1st Ramona Davey 2nd Jade Harmer 3rd Jacqui Halpin (from Write Links)

Older Chapter Books … Kelly McDonald

Young Adult … Catherine Mojsiewicz

Graphic Novel or Illustrated Picture Book or Middle Grade Novel … Heidi Smith

Illustrations … 2nd Katrina Dreiling (from Write Links)

Published Author … Deborah Kelly

 Pitching  to Publishers & Agents…

Writer friends  from my writer’s group Write Links pitched their stories to editors and publishers, receiving positive feedback and encouragement … and some maybe a contract.

Yvonne Mes & Alison Stegert from Write Links

Good luck Yvonne Mes and Alison Stegert from Write Links.

What WINNING ideas did the Presenters teach me?

Kaz Delaney taught me how to write a story in 3 Acts using the Hero’s Journey, keeping up the pace, ensuring the middle isn’t ‘sagging’.

Paul Collins shared his proactive marketing strategies in getting books out to a wide market.

Meredith Costain shared her secrets in creating hooks that keep readers turning pages.

Morris Gleiztman shared tips on how the writer can emotionally connect the reader  to likeable characters … who have problems which need solving.

Success Panel Winners …

Congrats to Georgie Donoghey, Helene Maggison and Jennifer Loakes, who divulged their truly inspirational and surprising journeys on how they became published.

My BIG Surprise …

Tina Marie Clark invited present and past Success Story winners to the front to receive their 10th Anniversary Gold badge… That’s ME on the bottom left!!

Ben Long, Jennfer Loakes, Helene Magisson, Georgie Donaghey, Peter Allert, Karen Tyrrell, Tina Clark, Dee White, Kaz Delaney.

Angela Sunde, Aleesah Darlison, Ben Long, Jennifer Loakes, Helene Magisson, Georgie Donaghey, Dimity Powell, Peter Allert, Karen Tyrrell, Tina Clark, Dee White, Kaz Delaney.

Last year I shared my own Success Story at CYA Conference on publishing Bailey Beats the Blah and STOP the Bully. Both resilience books winning endorsements from Kids Helpline and a mental health achievement award.

Recently, I launched picture book, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, winner of a RADF grant. My books are available at Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Mary Ryans, Riverbend and MORE.

Who were the REAL Winners of CYA?

We who attended, who were willing to embrace the wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration from TOP publishers, agents, illustrators, editors and authors.

CYA Conference delegates shared a unique opportunity, one which could shape our writing lives and craft us into the writers we could be.

Only if we believed!

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CYA Conference 2015

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How were you INSPIRED?

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Winners Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

WinnersAnnouncing the winners of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember blog tour and book giveaway…

YAY! Harry Helps Grandpa Remember launched on AMAZON world-wide as a print book and an eBook. To celebrate I presented a Blog Tour of FUN interviews, reviews and blogs.

What is Harry Helps Grandpa Remember about?

“Harry Hope shares the special love between a little boy and his grandpa who has Alzheimer’s. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember. A heart-warming story, full of love, humor and HOPE.”

YAY!! Harry received eight *5 STAR reviews from teachers, counselors and parents HERE

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember comes with FREE teacher notes, character puppets, dot-to-dots, picture sequencing, sentence sequencing, thinking skills and CRAFT. HERE

Congratulations to all those who entered my giveaway. The standard of entries was extremely high, making my job difficult to judge.

Drum Roll… The Winners are…

Hayley Wilson … won a signed print copy.

Debra Tidball, Debbie Bayliss, Cecilia Clark, Anne Gallager and Pam Wrest …won an eCopy

I’ll be in contact soon to request your address or your email. :) :)

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Buy your Copy of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember in print or ebookHERE

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Write & Publish Fiction Workshop

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Have you ever wanted to write & publish a fiction book?

Fiction that would enthrall your readers with unforgettable characters.

A fiction story that has your reader’s on their edge of their seats, begging for more.

Join award winning author teacher Karen Tyrrell

Karen Tyrrell BEST  457 KB CROPPEDAs she shares her steps in writing and publishing a fiction book workshop. Karen will show you how to create unforgettable characters and develop a fiction story that will hook in your reader.

What are Karen’s credentials?

Karen Tyrrell has written and published five books, winning three awards and three grants.

Karen’s books have won hundreds of *5 STAR reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, magazines, review sites, and MORE.

Karen is a author, teacher,  publisher, motivational speaker,and writing workshop presenter.

What are Karen’s books?

4 books

STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness, Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery

Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness, A teachers’ recovery from madness after parent-teacher bullying, PTSD and mental illness. Karen reveals she’s manic, psychic, telepathic and VERY psychotic. True but written like FICTION.

Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery Self-help mental wellness manual: 30 steps to recovery and resilience. Plus a powerful memoir on the mysterious secrets revealed by her husband. Endorsed by Black Dog Institute. True but written like FICTION.

STOP the Bully Bully prevention skills is a heart-warming humorous story about bullied Brian and his secrets … showing perspectives from the bully AND the victim. Endorsed by Kids Helpline.

Bailey Beats the Blah  How does Bailey change his BLAH to Ha-Ha-Ha? Prevent anxiety and depression in children by teaching coping skills in a picture book. Endorsed by Kids Helpline.

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry Help Grandpa Remember  Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa with Alzheimer’s remember again.  Won a RADF grant through  Arts Queensland.

genrewritingWrite & Publish a Fiction  FREE workshop

WHERE: Logan North Library, 2-8 Sports Drive, Underwood

WHEN: Tuesday 7th July 6pm

Tea & coffee provided

RSVP 3412 4140 to book your seat

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember at Mad Hatters

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Mad Hatters Bookshop presents Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

WOOHOO! I’m story telling Harry Helps Grandpa Remember at Mad Hatters Bookshop Manly. Come join the FUN with an interactive story time full of surprises galore and FREE children’s activities.

At Mad Hatters Bookshop…

I’ll read Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, a story about the love between a little boy and his grandpa with Alzheimer’s. He’ll do ANYTHING to help his Grandpa remember.

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember by Karen Tyrrell

Harry is guaranteed to make you giggle and pull your Heart strings, raising awareness of Dementia and memory loss in a humorous story FULL of compassion and HOPE.

After the story, Kids will make puppets, complete craft activities, dot-to-dots, thinking skill activities and a whole lot MORE.

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Mad Hatters Bookshop

Come to Mad Hatters Bookshop, a fantasy world of painted fairy castles and red-spotted mushrooms stools to sit on.

Mad Hatters Bookshop presents  children’s books, authors and activities for the local community. Owners Kaylene Hobson and Ann-Marie Finn are authors, illustrators and publishers,  completely committed to children’s literacy.

WHO wants to hear Harry Helps Grandpa Remember?

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

WHERE: Mad Hatters Bookshop

3/50 Cambridge Parade, Manly QLD 4179

WHEN: Sunday 5th July 10am

BOOKINGS Essential: Ring 3393 5130 to reserve your seat

#FREE Event

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember on Amazon

harryhelps-facebook-cover2 - CopyNEW BOOK Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is out NOW on Amazon world-wide as a FULL COLOUR print picture book and as an eBook.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember shares the special love between a little boy and his grandpa who was Alzheimer’s. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember. A heart-warming story, full of humor and HOPE.”

ISBN: 97809 8727 4083

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

REVIEWS of Harry

‘Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is full of hope and practical ideas–and your children will love the bright colours and cute illustrations.’ – Ali Stegert: Teacher & Counsellor

‘I also love that Tyrrell has given the reader helpful tips of how to interact and work with their loved ones who may be facing this dreadful disease.’ – Dr. Cherrye S. Vasquez: Teacher & PHD

‘Provides many opportunities for kids, parents and teachers to discuss mental health issues and share their own experiences within their families with one another. Thanks for shining a light on mental health.’- Belladonna Took: Journalist & Writer

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember OUT Now on Amazon

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember  as an eBook on Amazon HERE

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember   as a print book on Amazon HERE

 

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember comes with FREE Resources including Puppets

I created teacher notes and FREE activities for children including puppets, dot-to-dots, sequencing the story, brainstorming, thinking skills and many MORE.

Download them for  Free HERE

Please Join all the FUN on the Blog Tour, with Interviews and REVIEWS starting tomorrow.

Read More HERE

I’ll be announcing MORE NEWS soon.

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Blog Tour

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

WOOHOO! Harry Helps Grandpa Remember picture book is now on Amazon world-wide as a print book and as an eBook. I’m celebrating with a FUN Blog Tour!

“Harry is about the special love between a little boy and his grandpa who was Alzheimer’s. Harry will do ANYTHING to help his grandpa remember. A heart-warming story, full of humour and HOPE.”

ISBN: 97809 8727 4083

 Buy your Copy of  Harry Helps Grandpa Remember HERE

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

To celebrate, Harry will be visiting these AWESOME author sites on a blog tour. Many of these authors are top Australian children’s authors or upcoming authors.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Blog Tour HOPS June 22- July 1

22 June: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Now on AMAZON

23 June: Ali Stegert Interview

24 June: Di Bates Buzz Words Review

25 June: Robyn Opie Interview

25 June: Jackie Hosking Review

26 June: Charmaine Clancy Author Platform

29 June: Sally Odgers interview

30 June: Jill Smith Review

30 June: June Perkins Interview

1 July Dimity Powell Review

 Book Giveaway

Please leave a comment on any of the sites above for a chance to win a signed print copy or 5 eCopies of Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. 6 Copies to be won in total. Winners announced 3 July.

Good luck :)

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Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

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8 Secrets to Kick Start your Writing

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Who wants to Kick Start your writing?

Ever fancied yourself as a Writer, sharing your creative stories with the world?

Do you want to be the next JK Rowling or the next James Patterson?

South City Bulletin editor Wendy Millgate published my 8 Secrets to kick start your writing. Unleash the writer within: learn the craft of writing and how to express yourself on the page, by honing your creative skills. All you need is a creative idea, a pen and paper or a laptop to get you started.

Check out these pro-active tips to get you writing by published author, Karen Tyrrell (me)

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Kick Start your Writing

8 Secrets to Kick Start your Writing

1.Write what you’re passionate about. This passion will shine through your writing.

2. Think of an idea. Scribble it down. Ask yourself who, what, where, when, why and how? Incorporate the answers into your story.

3. Read your story out aloud. Ask yourself: Does it make sense? Does it flow in a logical sequence?

4. Close your eyes. Picture your story in cinematic detail. Flesh out your story until the scene and characters come alive on the page.

5. Read. Read. Read. The more you read, the better you’ll be able to write. Explore all fiction genres and particularly read your favourite genre, the one you would like to write in.

6. Take a notepad with you wherever you go in case inspiration arises. Scribble away at the bus stop, in a waiting room or on the train.

7. Join a face-to-face writers’ group with like-minded people who love to express themselves on the page; for example Write Links, Logan City Writers or The Crew. Join online writing groups too. Seek out critique buddies and Beta readers to give you essential feedback.

8. Attend motivating writing courses at your local library or check out Queensland Writers Centre.

Read the FULL story here at South City Bulletin

TWWlogo2Come to my Create & Publish Fiction Workshop

I’ll guide you on how to create unforgettable characters and develop a story that will hook in your reader.

WHERE:  Logan North Library, Cnr Sports Drive & Springwood Road, Underwood

WHEN: Tuesday 7th July 6pm. Tea & coffee provided.

BOOKINGS essential: Phone 3412 4140

STOP The Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, ME & HER: A Memoir of  Madness. Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery

STOP The Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, ME & HER: A Memoir of Madness. Me & Him: A Guide to Recovery

Karen Tyrrell is an award winning author of five books, winner of three awards and three grants. Her empowering resilience titles include Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me & Him: a Guide to Recovery and resilience books for children, Bailey Beats the Blah, STOP the Bully and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember www.karentyrrell.com

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Remembering Dementia

Harry HeaderBMag magazine published a story titled Remembering Dementia to help raise awareness.

Journalist Emily Jade interviewed me on my children’s book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember. She highlights how reading “Harry” to children will not only help Remembering Dementia but create a special bond and understanding between child, parent and grandparent … And help spread coping skills and tips on prevention, to reduce our risk.

“Endearingly told and full of hope and humour, new children’s book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember provides a gentle introduction for children into the world of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Karen Tyrrell is an award-winning Brisbane author and teacher, and her new children’s picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember is aimed at raising community awareness of Dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss, and the effect it has on everyone involved.

“The story begins with Harry and Grandpa playing hide-and-seek together. Over time Grandpa changes, becoming grumpy and forgetful, finally refusing to play games with Harry. It’s a story many families know well with Jade having a personal interest at heart.”

Emily Jade interviews me, Karen Tyrrell on Dementia …

Terry Tyrrell reading Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Terry Tyrrell reading Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Q: What inspired Harry Helps Grandpa Remember?

A: My father has memory loss and my father-in-law has Alzheimer’s so I wanted to write a book to raise awareness for the illness but help children understand and cope. I wanted to show how humour and compassion to help our grandparents through these tough times.

Q: How did you cope initially with Remembering Dementia?

A: I have a network of family members helping. We gave them (the Grandfathers) a special gift, a portable white board and diaries so they could write down reminders about what is special about their day, visitors they might be getting and things they need to remember.

Q: Do you think young children really understand?

A: Children realise they have changed; they need to understand that Grandma and Grandpa need routine. The children may need to wear name-tags, or to say, “Hi Grandpa, my name is…” Grandma/ Grandpa may not remember them, but it helps. The key is to spend time with them. Take a pet for pet therapy, something to make them bond with the grandparent.

Take photos, and look at photos from long ago, just to continue sharing and seeing and spending time with them even though they have changed and are different. Most importantly to be in the NOW with them and not worry about what it might be like in 6 months-time, enjoy the NOW.

harryhelps-facebook-cover2 - Copy Harry Helps Grandpa Remember  will launch as a fun children’s interactive pantomime at Logan North Library, Sports Drive Underwood on Saturday 20 June 10am. HERE

It is a FREE event and includes children’s activities. Ring 3412 4140 to RSVP a seat.

Book Tour…

13 June 9-12am: Mary Ryan, Milton, Brisbane

18 June 11-1pm: Angus & Robertson Post Office Square, Brisbane

27 June 11-1pm: Dymocks Westfield Garden City

28 June 11-1pm: Dymocks Westfield Carindale

 

To read The FULL story on bMag go HERE

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