Stream of Consciousness Writing

Writers: Yvonne, Jenny, Liane, Danielle

Stream of Consciousness Writing

On Saturday I (Karen Tyrrell) presented a stream of consciousness writing workshop for my Brisbane writing buddies at Write Links (a sub group of Book Links).

Karen Tyrrell presenter at Write Links

Who inspired me to write via stream of consciousness?

In February, Karen Foxlee spoke at Write Links, sharing how stream of consciousness helped her to create New York seller, Lenny’s Book of Everything.

She expressed the heart of Lenny, by connecting with her memories, hopes, fears and dreams.

Karen Foxlee Author

Stream of consciousness helps me to write my quirky junior fiction novels, Song Bird Superhero series and my WIP.

Tapping into my character’s inner monologue, helps to create strong emotions, thoughts and dialogue, spliced with humour.

What’s stream of consciousness writing?

Stream of consciousness writing happens when you close your eyes, envisage your setting, character and story, tapping into the subconscious.

You pen-write quickly without pausing, without editing.

What’s Write Links?

Write Links is a face to face group of Brisbane children’s writers of picture books, junior novels and YA. Each month, Write Links members enjoy writer’s activation sessions co-ordinated by Yvonne Mes.

Yvonne Mes Co-ordinator of Write Links

This month, I presented my workshop Build a Castle.

 How do I present Build A Castle workshop?

I read out short guided writing instructions for participants to visualize and then write.

First, I ask writers to choose a setting from a list of 12.

How did I present the stream of consciousness writing workshop?

STEP 1  I request writers to close their eyes and place their hands flat on the table or on their knees. ‘Now, picture yourself, or a character/ hero/ villain standing in for you, in the setting you have chosen. Concentrate on YOUR surroundings, but don’t try to imagine anything. Just let the environment fade in around you.’

When you can SEE your environment, open your eyes.

STEP 2 ‘Without pausing to think, write exactly what you saw. Aim for 4 sentences or more.

We continued, going back into the same environment, eyes closed. Next, we visualize a hidden object coming into view.

‘When you SEE it, open your eyes and write down what it looks like.’

STEP 3 Eyes closed, step back into the environment, this time a living thing comes into view. Write down what you see.

STEP 4 Behind you is a reflective surface (water, glass, mirror, metal). Look at “YOUR” Reflection.

Pause to consider the mood of the environment. Happy?  Fearful? Peaceful? Uneasy?

When you see how “you” LOOK, and know how “you” FEEL, open your eyes.

Without pause for thought, write down what you saw.

STEP 5 This time, “SEE” it as a movie set. “You” are there, so is the inanimate object AND a living creature. A voice calls “ACTION!” The scene comes to life. See what happens.

Open your eyes, and write down the ACTION you just witnessed.

STEP 6: I invited them to expand their writing by asking themselves the 5 W’s questions. I suggested they read, edit and expand their writing to create a story or a book.

What did my Write Links buddies write?

Setting

Trees reached for the sky, sunlight streaming through, scattered by leaves. Lacey fern fronds gently brushed my face as I scurried around the forest floor. The sweet smell of decaying undergrowth filled the air. Moisture settled and droplets formed, splashing into the stream. — Sandy Driessens writer

Special Object

The broken carcass of a ship lays resting against the rocks to the left. Half in the water and half out. A gaping hole in the side shows the reason for this wreckage. Paint flecks of green and white outline the recent hole and the sail lays, smashed and scattered, on the deck.

Sophia Evans writer

Writers Sophia Evans (blue), Inda Ahmad Zabri (orange), Sandy Driessens (glasses)

Living Thing.

A pigeon walks up from behind the puppet. It looks happy and this-is-my-domain cocky.

It’s a common sort of street pigeon, with a ring around one of its paws and missing a toe.

Unlike the other pigeons it seems to have a sense of purpose, not pecking around looking for scraps, instead it strides confidently. – Yvonne Mes Writer & illustrator

Illustrated by Yvonne Mes

Main Character

My reflection in the castle’s window shows a pointed face accentuated by a long tapering beard. My hair falls limp and straight past my ears and neck to my shoulders. It blows in the breeze, once dark but now peppered with grey. Veins stand out on my face. Would people trust me?

Not with the thick black snake lying across my arms and shoulders. I find a bush along the castle wall, and direct it to hide — Tyrion Perkins writer

Testimonial

‘I found your exercise so helpful that it gave me the idea to develop into a short story.’

Inda Ahmad Zabri writer

 How does stream of consciousness develop your writing?

  1. Taps into your imagination through visualization
  2. Creates flow and confidence in your writing
  3. Connects you to your character’s feelings, thoughts, dialogue and action
  4. Activates writing a new story or novel
  5. Present stream of consciousness writing to children to develop their imagination.

 Who is  Blog writer- Karen Tyrrell Author?

Karen Tyrrell is an award-winning author of twelve empowering books to help kids live strong. She presents writing workshops for schools, libraries, festivals and conferences.  You can book Karen via agents Speakers Ink, Greenleaf Press or Creative Speakers Net.

Karen Tyrrell with Tyrion Perkins & Anna Byrd

How has stream of consciousness helped your writing?

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Rainforest Rescue Shortlisted Major Award

Rainforest Rescue Shortlisted in Major Award

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

Today, Steve Tyrrell co-author of Song Bird Rainforest Rescue flashed me a letter announcing our shortlisting.

I shook my head, in total disbelief. ‘What’s this?’ I said.

‘We’re shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year awards!’ Steve grinned.

Woohoo!

I’m so excited and honoured  Song Bird Rainforest Rescue is shortlisted for children eight to ten. Congratulations to Trevor Salter, the illustrator.

Thanks to all my critique buddies over at Write Links, who supported this book.

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

What’s the Speech Pathology Book of the Year awards?

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards promotes quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life.

Books are awarded for ‘Best Book for Language and Literacy Development’ in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Indigenous Children.

Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development.

What’s Song Bird Rainforest Rescue about?

Song Bird Rainforest Rescue is the third book in the Song Bird series.

Digital Future Press is the publisher.  Karen Tyrrell and Steve Tyrrell are the authors.

Song Bird Rainforest Rescue empowers children to live strong and care for the rainforest.

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

Themes: Rainforests, Gondwana, Australian mythical creatures, indigenous, environment, friendship, disability, STEM science and resilience.

HALF BIRD. HALF GIRL. ALL SUPERHERO.

Gondwana Rainforest is dying.

Mythical creatures materialize.

Kids disappear.

Song Bird travels to when time began,

 to battle her enemies.

Can Song Bird unlock the secret before the world ends?

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

Who reviewed Song Bird Rainforest Rescue?

Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Highly Recommended’ it.

Action packed, unexpected twists, strong courageous role models.’

Who supports Song Bird Rainforest Rescue?

Queensland Parks and Wildlife supports it, providing resources for schools.

Congratulations to all those who were shortlisted.

I can’t wait to hear the winners in November!

Where’s Song Bird Rainforest Rescue available?

songbirdsuperhero.com

Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository · Angus & Robertson · Digital Future Press

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

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Karen Tyrrell Author Tours Paradise

Karen Tyrrell Author Tours Paradise. My author dream came true when I toured the Great Barrier Reef with my latest book, Great Barrier Reef Rescue. Myself and co-author Steve Tyrrell presented interactive author talks, engaging writing workshops and shared our writing tips to hundreds of kids. How?

Last Sunday, Steve and I left Brisbane for the Sunshine Coast, the first leg of our Central Queensland tour. In the morning, we signed copies of Great Barrier Reef Rescue and our ten children’s books at the effervescent Annie’s Books at Peregian Beach.

In the afternoon, we visited the Sunny Coast SCBWI meeting at Peregian Springs co-ordinated by the fabulous Alison Stegert and the incredible Emma Middleton. Members made us feel very welcome. I spoke on indie publishing in the Kid Lit Space, sharing book marketing tips. Marg Gibbs spoke on the Bologne Bookfair, Italy and Dhana Fox on KidLitVic. Steve and I signed copies of our books afterwards.

Alison very generously hosted an overnight stay for us at her cosy house where we met hubby Paul, and doggies Huckleberry and Lulu.

Alison Stegert and Lulu

On Monday, we journeyed to Yeppoon on the glorious Capricorn Coast. We stayed for two days at the breathtaking Rosslyn Bay Resort, right on the beach overlooking Great Keppel Island. We witnessed technicolour sunsets and a glowing full red moon rising in the night sky.

On Tuesday we travelled to Farnborough State School, a vibrant country school with a warm community spirit. We met super-enthusiastic junior writers, eco warriors and staff. Steve and I were thrilled to share three interactive talks with reader’s theatre starring Song Bird vs Destructo. Co-incidentally, Elaine Ouston from Sunny Coast SCBWI had toured there the previous week.

For year 6, we presented a Great Barrier Reef Rescue eco talk with tips on how to care for the reef and write stories. It was amazing how much these kids love the reef on their doorstep

For years 2, 3 and 4, we shared how we wrote our Song Bird Series. Students asked questions on the writing process. We could have stayed for hours, there were so many questions.

Thirty selected students participated in our Superhero Writing Workshop, creating original stories with superheroes battling super villains. The quality and imagination in their stories was inspiring.

The school library purchased our Song Bird series plus all our empowering books for children. After school, Steve and I were delighted to sign copies of our books meeting with children and their families.

I encourage students to connect with me … That night, my website received this comment …


“I’m a student at Farnborough State School. I loved your story today.
I told my Mum all about you and your husband.”

My YouTube channel, Karen Tyrrell Author received a superhero story.

“Hey Karen I saw you today! I’m starting to make a book about a line man. The setting is on pieces of paper 📝. The villains name is Dr Eraser. And his side kick is Pencil Boy.’

The next day we drove to Rockhampton where I spoke at Southside library on pro-active tips to write memoirs and children’s books. I shared how Sir David Attenborough wrote a letter of support for Great barrier Reef Rescue.

At the library, I re-discovered some awesome readers and supporters who I met at the Capricon Festival in April. We presented Readers Theatre and a superhero writing workshop at Capricon.

Tips for Touring Authors

  1. Before your trip, announce the dates and places you’ll be traveling with your speaker’s agent well in advance.
  2. Email and phone schools and libraries to add extra venues to your tour.
  3. Once finalized, plan your itinerary and driving route including booking in your accommodation.
  4. Contact schools and venues to discuss exactly what each school wants you to present.
  5. Create slideshows on your laptop for all your events. Duplicate on USB as back-up.
  6. Practice! Practice! Practice!
  7. Check you have packed enough books, banners, props, costumes as well as your personal packing.
  8. Stay at cheaper accommodation or splurge if you want to enjoy a working holiday. Consider renting or buying a van, caravan or mobile home.
  9. Advertise your tour and website with a magnetic car banner.
  10. Be enthusiastic and Enjoy!


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Reading is my Secret Power Karen Tyrrell Author Talks

Reading is my Secret Power

Reading is my Secret Power Karen Tyrrell Author Talks

KAPOW! Karen Tyrrell, children’s author of the Song Bird superhero series, presents interactive Reading is my Secret Power talks in schools.

Reading is my Secret Power is also the theme of Children’s Book Week, 17-23 August, 2019.Every year, Children’s Book Week is celebrated in every school and library in Australia.

Reading is my Secret Power
CBCA Book Week 17-23 August 2019

When did I start using Reading is my Secret Power?

I’m an award winning Brisbane author and a Books in Homes volunteer. As a child, I share my personal story on how reading and writing inspired my Secret Powers.

Karen Tyrrell came from a poor family without books. I learnt how to read, overcoming my challenges, igniting my imagination and self-worth.

Over time, reading boosted my learnings at school. I came top in my class.”

By Karen Tyrrell

Reading is my Secret Power
Books in Homes talk on Reading is my Secret Power

Why do I present Reading is my Secret Power talks?

In 2016-2019, I wrote the Song Bird superhero series to make the world a better place. Song Bird empowers kids to believe in themselves, stop the bully, live strongly and care for the environment.

Reading is my Secret Power, is the focus of my author power-point talk and reader’s theatre that  hubby, Steve and I perform in schools in superhero costumes.

I show children how Reading can be a mighty Power AND a Secret Power!

Reading is my Secret Power
Song Bird and Reef Man talk about Reading Powers and sustainability.

What is Song Bird Superhero about?

Rosella Ava Bird, Song Bird Superhero and her team of misfits, stop the bully in Book 1. Now that she’s empowered, her team seeks ways to protect and care for the environment in Books 2, 3 and 4.

How do I present SUPER Reading talk?

 In superhero costume, Steve and I share how reading can unlock secret powers in an interactive, engaging presentation. 

Steve and I present dramatic scenes from Song Bird Great Barrier Reef as Reader’s theatre or pantomime with costumes and props. We encourage children to support superhero character Song Bird as she battles evil villain, Destructo.

Kids love the theme Good vs Evil … and SUPER villain Destructo.

 Writing and reading are inter-connected.

That’s why I present powerful superhero writing workshops, eco adventure workshops and any writing workshop a school requires. SEE  Speakers Ink

Reading is my Secret Power

Superhero Writing Workshop for Brisbane Libraries

 

Karen, a G & T teacher, creates writing workshops to suit your needs.

How can kids ignite their Reading?

  1. Dive into exciting NEW books to read and meet intriguing characters. Ask your librarian what books she recommends.
  2. Find your Book Week costume. Who’s your favourite book character?
  3. Read every single day. Hang out with your book characters, learn what makes them tick. Enjoy the story adventure together.
  4.  Write and review about your new book.  What parts do you like best?  So, writing and reading are connected.
  5. Check out CBCA Book Week info on CBCA website, jam-packed with FUN activities. The Book Chook,  blog of writer Susan Stephenson, shares fabulous links and suggestions.  Children’s Book Daily blog (written by Megan Daley), contains Book Week ideas and costume suggestions.
  6. BOOK my Reading is my Secret Power talk. I present Reading is my Secret Power throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Scenic Rim areas. 

Book via Speakers Ink

Reading is my Secret Power
Song Bird and Rainforest Man talk about Reading and Writing POWERS

What are your plans for Book Week?

Please Comment below …. or Share via Facebook and twitter 🙂

 

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Book Links StoryArts Brisbane

Meet the Publishers at Book Links StoryArts Brisbane Festival 19-20 October 2019.

Join TOP publishers, authors and illustrators. Pitch to a publisher or a literary agent. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s book. #BSAB19 festival presented by Book Links Brisbane.

As an excited committee member, I’m thrilled to announce a two-day festival for writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians that promotes excellence in children’s literature.

#BSAB19 offers quality, affordable workshops and master classes and the opportunity to obtain face-face feedback on pitches, manuscripts and portfolios. Learn from key panel sessions with editors, agents, authors and illustrators including focused sessions with book creators.

Book Links offers a Mentorship to Book Links members with the well-renowned Robyn Sheahan Bright… Applicants are invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words. $10 Only

APPLY NOW.

Pitch to a Publisher: Saturday 15 mins OR Sunday 20 mins

BOOK one-on-one feedback with publishers Clair Hume (Affirm Press), Susannah Chambers (Allen & Unwin), Rowena Beresford (Yellow Brick Books), Emily Lighezzolo (Wombat Books, Rhiza Edge), Sarah Davis (Walker Books) or literary agent, Justine Barker (Mayfair Literary Agency)

Justine Barker (Mayfair Agency)

For feedback sessions,  you MUST be booked into either Saturday OR Sunday program.

All pitch sessions are filling up fast! I’m already booked in! I can’t wait to pitch to my chosen publisher.

Go to the page … Scroll down to choose your publisher or agent …

TICKETS HERE  BOOK NOW

Saturday 19 October Program

Come to Saturday’s program, consisting of panel sessions with creators, publishers and agents and choices of sessions with authors and illustrators. 

Feedback sessions for writers and illustrators can be booked separately.

MEET publishers Allen & Unwin, Affirm Books, Wombat Books, Yellow Brick Books and MORE.

MEET authors: Lisa Shanahan, Frané Lessac, Mark Greenwood        

MEET illustrators:  Sarah Davis and Heath McKenzie

Check the FULL program here on the Book Links website. The registration desk opens at 8am outside Auditorium 2, Brisbane State Library. Tickets include morning tea and lunch on Saturday only.

$95 members (Book Links and CBCA Qld Branch members)

$125 non-members

SATURDAY  BOOK NOW

Sunday 20 October MASTER CLASSES

Sarah Davis – Masterclass – Sunday

StoryArts Brisbane presents Sarah Davis ‘Illustration Toolbox’: An intensive day designed to give you the essential tools for illustration;  Beginning with a shared prompt, participants will work individually to create a finished illustration and in the process learn how to brainstorm and develop a concept, design a character, and explore basic principles of form, colour, line, composition and personal style. $60 – $90

BOOK NOW

Lisa Shanahan – Masterclass – Sunday SAB19 10:00 am

As part of StoryArts Brisbane we are offering this masterclass in the art and craft of writing chapter books and middle grade fiction with award winning author Lisa Shanahan.

Fierce, Funny, True: The Art of Writing for Children

Where do captivating ideas for children’s books really come from?
What does it take to write a novel that lingers and lasts?

Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan for an engaging and interactive writing workshop. Explore the essential narrative requirements for writing junior novels and middle grade fiction, including the key differences. Discover how to create convincing, believable characters and how to develop a strong, dynamic voice. Study the important fundamentals of structure, setting, plot, dialogue and emotional resonance.

Participant requirements: Bring your favourite children’s book
Limited spaces available. $60 – $90

BOOK NOW

Saturday Program:-

Full day festival with panels and break-out sessions.

  • Saturday 20 October, 2019 – $95 (members) $125 (non-members)
    Day Program includes morning tea and lunch.
  • Saturday 20 October, 2019 – $70 (members) $100 (non-members)
    Editor and Agent Feedback (15 minutes each).

Sunday Program:-

Full day masterclass with EITHER Sarah Davis OR Lisa Shanahan

  • Sunday 21 October, 2019 – $60 (members) $90 (non-members).
    Full day masterclass. Meals not provided.
  • Sunday 21 October, 2019 – $80 (members) $110 (non-members)
    Editor and Agent Feedback (20 minutes each).

Venue for #BSAB Festival

State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Contact Details: Jenny Stubbs info@booklinks.org.au MOB 0409 266 78

TICKETS HERE  BOOK NOW

Who’s coming along?

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ABC Radio Courier Mail Sir David Attenborough Story

ABC Radio Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

ABC Radio Courier Mail Sir David Attenborough Story with Author Karen Tyrrell.

 ABC Radio Brisbane and the Courier Mail interviewed me about David Attenborough’s congratulatory letter for my book, Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue is my eco-mystery adventure, teaching kids how to care for the reef.

 How did Sir David Attenborough get involved?

My name is Karen Tyrrell award winning Logan author and teacher. I write books to empower kids to live strong, stop the bully and care for the environment. I’m an environmentalist, snorkeller and a huge supporter of Sir David Attenborough’s work, as seen on the Blue Planet TV series.

When Sir David pleaded,


‘The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up.’

I took his challenge to heart, and wrote Great Barrier Reef Rescue to educate and empower kids to care for the reef … and to give them HOPE for the future.

 Tell me about Sir David Attenborough’s letter?

Three weeks ago, a friend suggested I post a signed copy of my book to Sir David Attenborough as he inspired me to write it.

Two weeks later, I received his personal letter back in the mail. I couldn’t believe it!

  Tell me about the Courier Mail News story

 Last week, co-author, Steve Tyrrell contacted the Courier Mail regarding my Sir David Attenborough letter without telling me.

To my surprise, the Courier Mail phoned me the next morning requesting an interview and a photo shoot with local children. Today, the story was published in the Courier Mail on page 19.

Courier Mail Brisbane Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

How did ABC Radio get involved?

Early this morning, ABC Brisbane radio announcer Rebecca Levingston rang, requesting an interview in their studios at 9.10 am. Steve and I were still dressed in our PJ’s. Very quickly, I threw myself into the shower. I grabbed my Song Bird Superhero costume and copies of our book,
Great Barrier Reef Rescue .

Bec Levingston with Karen Tyrrell

What did Bec from ABC radio ask you?

She asked to describe the sequence of events leading to Sir David’s letter to us. Here are some of the questions above and below.

Listen to ABC Radio PODCAST on YouTube HERE

 Is Great Barrier Reef Rescue a factual Book about the Great Barrier Reef?

It’s an eco-fantasy mystery adventure with superhero characters like Song Bird, Ocean Boy cyber-mermaids and Destructo, the environmental villain.  The action-packed story includes lots of scientific facts about the reef … and what we can do to save the reef.

Do you hope to get your book into the school curriculum?  Or is it just for kids to read at home?

Both. It contains important messages on sustainability and how to become an eco-warrior. We want it to be highly recommended by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, like they did for Song Bird Rainforest Rescue.

Where can I purchase Great Barrier Reef Rescue?

 ABC Radio Brisbane Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell
Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

http://www.songbirdsuperhero.com

Queensland Museum

Riverbend Books

Dymocks Indooroopilly & Dymocks North Lakes

Wild Cards & Gifts Hyperdome …. And many more bookshops

Online around the world.

Can you please spread the word … and comment below?

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Sir David Attenborough sent me an Inspiring Letter 

Sir David Attenborough wrote a special letter, thanking me for my children’s book, Great Barrier Reef Rescue. He also set me a very personal challenge.

 Why did Sir David Attenborough write to me?

A few weeks ago, I sent Sir David my book, Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue. I told him he was my inspiration and I never expected to hear back from him.

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

Late Friday, I ripped open a letter from the UK, addressed to me. Inside, I discovered a handwritten note from Sir David Attenborough. OMG!

I couldn’t believe he had replied, thanking me and reminding me to keep caring for the reef.

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

Why did I write to Sir David Attenborough?

Sir David Attenborough is my long-time idol ever since I started watching the Blue Planet series on TV. I absorbed every word, urging us to care for the planet.

When Sir David pleaded …

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up.’

I took his challenge to heart, and wrote Great Barrier Reef Rescue for children, an eco-adventure mystery, to educate and empower kids to care for the reef.

I believe, the reef’s future lies within us all. Our children … and their children will miss out, if we don’t act now!

What did Sir David Attenborough’s letter say?

Sir David sent an official dated letter with a letter head and his typed name on the bottom.

Dear Karen Tyrrell,

It is most kind of you to send me a copy of your book … I wish you every success in helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Yours sincerely,

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

How does Sir David Attenborough’s letter inspire?

Now that I have Sir David Attenborough’s letter, it’s as if his writing contains his essence of action. I’m more determined than ever to help protect the reef.

From June onwards, I visit Australian schools, speaking to children about the work of Sir David Attenborough, my book Great Barrier Reef Rescue, sustainability and what children can do.

I present power point talks, reader’s theatre, hands-on activities and writing workshops.

Read more about my school visits HERE.

ABC Radio PODCAST on Sir David’s Letter HERE

Great Barrier Reef Rescue (Song Bird) available on Amazon HERE

Order direct via songbirdsuperhero.com which includes a certificate & a show bag filled with reef resources.

Book Depository

Books available via book shops including Queensland Museum Shop.

 Can you please spread the word?

 Share this blog with schools, teachers and people who care about the reef.

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Queensland Museum Sells Great Barrier Reef Rescue

Queensland Museum now stocks Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell in their museum shop!

I’m thrilled to announce this exciting news as a long-time Queensland Museum patron, children’s eco author, science co-ordinator at my primary school and as a science nerd … This is a DREAM come true for me!

I’m still pinching myself after connecting with the Queensland Museum … and two Great Barrier Reef organizations on the very same day!  (See later)

My hubby, Steve (co-author) and I snapped photos outside the museum shop… Under the giant ‘flying’ whales suspended outside the museum shop entrance.

Where do you find Great Barrier Reef Rescue at the Queensland Museum?

At the museum shop, near the museum entrance on the first floor. Find the back wall where toy animals and children’s books are displayed.

Search for toys and books on the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Barrier Reef Rescue is on the shelf with an irresistible fluorescent cover.

What’s Great Barrier Reef Rescue about?

It’s an action-packed eco adventure focussed on Song Bird’s battle with environmental villain Destructo. Read how Rosie and her team of eco warriors try to save the Great Barrier Reef… before it’s too late?

Reviews Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue

‘Heart-racing adventure: Shows how VIP friendship is, working together and caring for the world. Kids: how to problem solve.’… Educate Empower

‘Song Bird Superhero stands for empowerment, strength and protection. Stand up for your friends. Stand up for our world. And stand up for yourself.’ …. Just Write for Kids

Who did we visit after Queensland Museum?

Steve and I met with two Great Barrier Reef organizations nearby in Brisbane.

Australian Marine Conservation Society

We collected a bevy of resource information from Australian Marine Conservation Society to hand out to children on our school visits. We were thrilled to receive magazines, posters and flyers on how to help save endangered marine creatures. Author Tim Winton is their Patron

Please donate to this worthy cause… PHONE 1800 066 299

 Coral Watch

In March, we connected with Coral Watch at the World Science Festival at the Queensland Museum tent. Yesterday, we travelled to the University of Queensland at St Lucia to meet with Coral Watch staff in person. Coral Watch’s mission is to educate children on climate change, caring for the reef and keep tabs on different coral species.

Diane, the coordinator was keen to learn about my Great Barrier Reef Rescue school presentations. I explained how I tailor-make each talk for each school’s needs. I shared how I present writing workshops; author talks and Readers Theatre on Great Barrier Reef Rescue; and hands-on science talks on sustainability.

Learn MORE about our School Visits

Where is Great Barrier Reef Rescue available?

Queensland Museum of Course!!

Online at songbirdsuperhero.com, Amazon, Book Depository, Booktopia and bookshops.

Schools and teachers download my FREE Activities HERE.

Please ask me any questions about my books and FREE resources.

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Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tour

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tour goes world-wide on 6th May. On 5th May, Great Barrier Reef Rescue was launched, creating a tsunami of environmental awareness at Brisbane Square Library with powerful messages and guest appearances of aquatic creatures and superheroes.

What’s Great Barrier Reef Rescue about?

Eco warrior, Song Bird Superhero battles climate change, pollution and baddies to save the reef, endangered marine creatures … and her best friends.

Watch my YOU TUBE Book Trailer … HERE

What’s Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tour?

To celebrate, Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tours online with PRIZES and surprises! Every day between 6-10 May, Great Barrier Reef Rescue shares TOP reviews, interviews, videos and FUN!
Sites include Just Write for Kids, Educate Empower, Read For Fun, readilearn, Reading Time – Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Schedule Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tour May 6-10?

May 6 – 10 www.justkidslit.com/blog

Tue May 7 www.educateempower.com.au

Wed May 8 www.readforfun.com.au

Fri May 10 www.readilearn.com.au Special Feature www.readingtime.com.au with Children’s Book Council of Australia

Who hosts Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tour?

Just Write For Kids & Books On Tour

www.justkidslit.com/books-on-tour

www.facebook.com/booksontouraus

www.twitter.com/booksontour_aus

www.instagram.com/booksontour_aus

Where can I buy Great Barrier Reef Rescue?

Great Barrier Reef Rescue is available via these online shops …

songbirdsuperhero.com

Package includes signed book, Reef show bag & numbered certificate.

Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository · Angus & Robertson

Book Giveaway Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Tour

WIN a signed copy of Great Barrier Reef Rescue, a signed numbered certificate, bookmark PLUS a Great Barrier Reef Rescue show bag.

Show bag includes DVD, signed artwork, game, stickers, booklets, shells, origami … and surprises.

  1. Add Great Barrier Reef Rescue to your reading list on Goodreads. HERE.
  2. Write a comment below on why you want to win Great Barrier Reef Rescue. Best answer wins the book and prize pack

Winner: Great Barrier Reef Rescue Giveaway announced Monday 13th May at 4pm

WHO’s entering Great Barrier Reef Rescue giveaway?

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Grace’s Mystery Seed Giveaway

Grace’s Mystery Seed by Juliet M Sampson

Picture book illustrated by Karen Erasmus for ages 5-9

Published by Ford Street Publishing

Reviewed by : Karen Tyrrell

Who is Juliet M Sampson, author of Grace’s Mystery Seed?

Juliet M. Sampson is a Melbourne-based award-winning author of books for children and for grown-ups.

Dance Demons, her third novel won 2016 Book of the Year in the Reader’s Choice Awards in the AusRomToday competition. She was also one of ten finalists for 2016 Author of the Year in the same competition. Her other three books are Behind the Mask, Bon Voyage! and Outback Wonder.

Her first picture book Grace’s Mystery Seed is released in early 2019. Juliet’s claim to fame was that she attended the final Masterclass of famous Australian author Bryce Courtenay before his passing in 2012.

Who is Karen Erasmus, illustrator of Graces Mystery Seed?

Karen is a talented illustrator and artist who lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne – a beautiful and inspiring part of the world.

What’s Grace’s Mystery Seed about?

 ‘Polly likes these stripy seeds,’ Grace said. ‘What are they from?’

‘Let’s find out,’ said Mrs Marino.

Grace and her neighbour plant a mystery seed. They wait and wait for ages. Then a little green shoot starts to grow . . . and grow . . . and grow . . . until, at last, Grace discovers the truth about her amazing mystery seed.

Intrigue and wonder lead children to find out what grows in this book.

What’s my Review of Grace’s Mystery Seed?

 Intriguing picture book about Grace and a stripy seed she discovered.  Grace’s asks: what plant will this seed grow into?  A flower or a plant? Children follow the journey of a young girl’s adventure into solving a nature puzzle.

Grace’s Mystery Seed fosters a love of gardening, wildlife, nature and the environment.

 Themes for Graces Mystery Seed :

Gardening, plants, backyard, environment, nature, birds, neighbours, growth

Find Juliet M Sampson on www.julietmsampson.com.au or enquire at your local bookstores.

Teacher’s Notes for Grace’s Mystery Seed – Ford Street Publishing

Grace’s Mystery Seed Book Giveaway

 WIN a copy of Grace’s Mystery Seed Book Giveaway.

 Leave a comment below on why you want to win a copy of Graces Mystery Seed.

BEST comment wins!

The more entries you submit the great the chance of winning.

Winner announced on Thursday 2nd May, 4pm. Good luck.

Congratulations! The WINNER of the Book Giveaway is Megan Higginson. Thanks everyone who entered.

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