Raising Climate Action Superheroes

A child holds placards during a protest march to call for action against climate change, in The Hague, Netherlands September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Raising Climate Action Superheroes

With our Great Barrier Reef, forests and waterways ravaged by climate change and pollution, kids need hope for the future.

How can children  save our planet? … Without terrifying them?

Kids need eco-education and scientific knowledge to inspire and empower themselves to take positive action and become eco-superheroes. One pathway is reading books with positive messages of hope.

Books with positive eco messages highlight environmental and ecological influences on our planet – and what we can do about it. Eco warrior books motivate children to take care of the reef, endangered animals, and precious resources of Planet Earth. They teach kids about sustainability and how to reduce the human imprint on the oceans and the environment.

Eco warriors are modern-day superheros.

They help kids to connect with their inner super powers and take charge.

Eco warriors fight environmental problems and villains, challenging themselves to find solutions. They model how children can take action to become eco warriors themselves. Kids learn how to keep our waterways and environment clean, green and beautiful.

#6 Ways in Raising Climate Action Superheroes

  1. Pick up litter in waterways, parks and streets.
  2. Reduce purchase of plastics or excessive packaging, especially plastic water bottles straws and take-away containers.
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably, a way of living that minimises impact on the planet.
  4. Recycle as much as you can, and use reusable shopping bags and water bottles.
  5. If you’re visiting the Great Barrier Reef, help scientists and researchers by getting involved in Save the Reef programs.
  6. Read books about environmental superheroes like Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thurnberg … HOPE!

What’s the Climate Action Message in Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue?

Song Bird and her friends solve climate change problems using cutting-edge STEM science, perseverance and team effort.

Sir David Attenborough wrote a personal Letter of Support.

Australian Marine Conservation Society, Coral Watch, Brisbane City Libraries and reef organizations support Great Barrier Reef Rescue eco adventure too.

Sir David Attenborough supports Great Barrier Reef Rescue

#8 Climate Action Books for Kids

  1. Grimsdon Series by Deborah Abela – JF
  2. The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French
  3. Wind Catcher by Diane Jackson Hill
  4. One Child by Christopher Change
  5. The Great Lizard Trek by Felicity Bradshaw
  6. Weird Wild Amazing Animals by Tim Flannery
  7.  A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward
  8. Song Bird Series by Karen Tyrrell – JF

List compiled by Karen Tyrrell & Vanessa Jean.

Karen Tyrrell’s Brisbane’s award-winning author of the Song Bird eco series.
Rainforest Rescue shortlisted Speech Pathology Book of the Year.
songbirdbooks.com Amazon karentyrrell.com

Can kids Save the Planet?

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Song Bird Superhero Braille House

Song Bird Superhero Braille House

Today, I, Karen Tyrrell, visited Braille House with Steve to witness the final stages of Song Bird Superhero in Braille.

Braille House published  Song Bird Superhero, for vision-impaired children to enjoy.

I’m deeply honored Braille House, Brisbane, chose my book, Song Bird Superhero. Thank you. 🙂

What’s Song Bird Superhero about?

Rosella’s nightly dreams are filled with flying.

Too bad her waking hours are a living nightmare:

SongBirds’ flying inventions crash.

 Her kooky parents are over-protective.

 Her singing shatters windows,

 The principal bans her from the science fair.


Worst of all she lives next-door to Frank, an evil boy genius who’s determined to see her fail.

Rosella is the girl least likely to soar, and yet when she learns to sing something incredible takes flight.

Rosella becomes Song Bird, a flying superhero who saves the day

Can Song Bird defeat Frank’s evil bullying ways?

Themes: empowerment, disability, perseverance, bully prevention, inclusion

Song Bird Superhero Braille

How did Song Bird Superhero Get Published into Braille?

  1. Braille House requested my book.
  2. Reviewers read it, deeming it suitable for production.
  3. Volunteers transcribed Song Bird Superhero into Braille.
  4. They bound the printed pages together to make a special Song Bird Superhero book.

Braille Printer

Adding Braille tape to the cover


Add spine title to outside folder.

Today, I was amazed to see my very own book in braille, volume 1 and volume 2.

Its NOW available for children to read … ring or order online.

FREE bookmark to the first five readers!!

Voila Song Bird Superhero in Braille, Vol 1 & 2

Song Bird Superhero also is available in regular print too.

at Songbird Superhero SeriesAmazon & Booktopia

What is Braille House?

Braille House provides Braille and Moon tuition and reading material to empower people who are blind or have low vision to live with dignity and independence.

They are a voluntary association of people specializing in tactile literacy to ALL states of Australia.

Library: a free lending library of braille and moon books – click here or contact us on (07) 3848 5257 for more information or to access our catalogues.

School Visits:  If you have a vision-impaired child in your classroom, Braille House will help bridge the gap.

Braille House sells regular books $5 or less which help fund Braille books https://www.braillehouse.org.au/

LIBRARY: Andrew Backhouse explains how children’s books are made into Braille.

 Song Bird Superhero PANTOMIME

To celebrate, my side-kick Steve and I will perform a FREE interactive book pantomime at Braille House

Come to Song Bird Superhero and Friends with costumes, music and FUN.

We present pantomimes, storytelling and book signing at this FREE event.

Song Bird Superhero Braille

Save the Date:  10am Saturday 30th May

Braille House

507 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103

RSVP:  Facebook Event Link coming soon.

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Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

OMG! Soon I will be a *STAR! Come ‘romance’ me at Romancing the Stars  on 11 March, 2020.

PLUS I’m thrilled to announce exciting kidlit news, events and opportunities … which I’m part of.

Blog Co-ordinator for Book Links and Write Links.

In 2020, I will be the Blog Co-ordinator for two cutting edge kidlit organizations, Book Links and Write Links. My job is to ensure the children’s writing community knows about valuable events and opportunities for writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians.

I’m requesting writers who plan to attend events. Please message me, so you can snap photos and write a short blog about your experience. Your blog will be accredited to you, and shared widely, promoting your profile.

SCBWI Meeting 9 Feb Chermside Library

  1. New Commissioning editor, Clair Hume from UQP Books will reveal her publishing vision for children’s books.
  2. Book Launch Brainstorm Panel shares quirky and pro-active ways to organize a book launch. Speakers include Dave Lowe, Angela Sunde, Taryn Bashford, Karen Tyrrell (moi) and MC Jacqui Halpin.


Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue

I’m honored to announce my book, Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue will be featured at Romancing the Stars event.

Song Bird, half-girl half-bird battles Destructo to save the Great Barrier Reef with her team of friends using science.

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Authors Karen Tyrrell & Steve Tyrrell perform Great Barrier Reef Rescue


Sir David Attenborough

Sir David sent a letter of support for Great Barrier Reef Rescue, sparking community interest.

The Courier Mail published a story and ABC radio interviewed me.  LISTEN HERE

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Sir David Attenborough supports Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Romancing the Stars 12 March  

Jenny Stubbs, President of Book Links Qld Inc. invited me to be part of Romancing the Stars, Brisbane’s premier children’s literature event. I’m honored to be included with so many authors and illustrators I admire.

On Thursday evening 12 March discover books our local authors and illustrators  created for children and young adults. Each creator will give a short introduction to their latest publication in a small intimate circle. Then they rotate to the next group. You have an opportunity to get inside information from the book creators.  And make contact with potential presenters for your school or library.

Romancing the Stars 2018


Speed date 20 local stars and meet others informally. Great food and drinks. View and buy books and illustrations.

Enter raffle and quiz competition.

Professional Development certificates provided after the event.

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Karen Tyrrell, Remy Lai, Jacqui Halpin, Josie Montano.


Meet: Aleesah Darlison, Allison Rushby, Jane Smith, Kathy Hoopmann, Lisa Walker, Remy Lai, Richard Yaxley, Taryn Bashford.

Andrew King, Anil Tortop, Chi Mary Kalu, Cori Brooke, Dannika Paterson, Heidi Cooper-Smith, Jacqui Halpin, Megan Forward.

Michelle Worthington, Robert Henderson, Sophie Beer, Yvonne Mes, MC Josie Montano and Karen Tyrrell.


Join us if you are a teacher, librarian or lover of children’s literature. And want to gain the inspiration behind the latest cutting-edge books.

RSVP by 1pm Monday 9 March.


Iona College, (Library)
85 North Rd, Lindum QLD 4178


Thursday 12 March, 6- 9:30 pm

Contact Details:

Jenny Stubbs info@booklinks.org.au 0409 266 786


Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Who’s coming to Romancing the Stars?

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2020 Make it Your Year

2020 Make it Your Year… 2020 will be MY year too!

Today, I’m setting Achievable Goals for 2020: Guaranteed for success!

As an award-winning empowerment author, writing workshop presenter and speaker (Karen Tyrrell) I’m aiming HIGH determined to attain my goals and dreams! My passions for writing, speaking and empowerment will drive me in 2020.

2020 Make it Your Year

I’m creating my own luck and capitalizing on every opportunity that’s presented to me.
With determination, I’m planning ahead every step of the way, setting realistic, achievable goals.

No Pie in the Sky dreams for me!

I’m focusing on my achievable goals. I’m planning practical steps to reach there. It’s time to reset my targets, as the New Year comes hurtling towards me.
My wish is to make 2020 my MOST memorable year yet, one to be proud of.

2020 Make it Your Year

What’s your Main Goal for 2020?

Squeeze your eyes shut and visualize your Big Picture for 2020.
Which goal drives you the most?

What do you want to achieve ABOVE everything else?

2020 Make it Your YearConcentrate on your main goal FIRST

Now set practical mini-goals you can complete in three months or less.
Your brain will react to genuine personal goals that are S.M.A.R.T.

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound

Display your goals at eye level as a constant reminder and incentive … on a whiteboard or vision board above your computer … and/or on your fridge.

Aim High in 2020 – Make it Your Year

3-month GOALS for Writing Success

  • Write every single day with passion, courage and conviction and everything else will follow.
  • Tick off daily attainable goals in your diary (visual reminders) and congratulate yourself on every SUCCESS along the way.
  • Rewrite & Redraft every writing project you’ve created to the HIGHEST publishing standard possible.
  • Send away completed projects to writing buddies for feedback, writing competitions, Beta readers or to editors.
  • Extend your writers platform, reaching out to your community: face-to-face and via social media.
  • RESEARCH every writing project, every opportunity that ignites your interest. Understand how the publishing industry works from the inside out.
  • Join a pro-active writing group or sign up to a writing course that will assist you to achieve your goals.
  • Network and Critique with writers who have a similar passion to you. Create pro-active partnerships.

So, I’m setting those positive goals in motion RIGHT now.

And remembering how far I’ve come …

Once I was a bullied school teacher… Parents at my school harassed me to breaking point, triggering PTSD within me.

Now, I’m an award-winning author of #12 books. I’ve won 4 awards, 4 grants, 3 sponsorships and a mentorship from the Society of Editors.

I published 12 highly-acclaimed books. 2 resilience memoirs and 10 children’s books. MORE

My Personal Goals for 2020 Make it Your Year

  1. Maintain my OPTIMUM happiness, health and life balance. This MUST be my over-riding #1 PRIORITY
  2. Send my latest children’s novel to publishers.
  3. Share my books to a wider audience including MORE author events, MORE school visits, MORE libraries, MORE festivals, MORE bookshops and MORE networks.
  4. Mentor writers on how to present school visits, author talks, storytelling, pantomimes, reader’s theatre, and workshops at schools, libraries and festivals.
2020 Make it Your Year

School Visits Engaging Author Talks Masterclass

 COME TO  … School Visits Engaging Author Talks Masterclass @ Garden City Library

19th January, 2020.


Wishing you all a VERY happy, healthy and SUCCESSFUL 2020!
Thanks for your AMAZING friendship, support and encouragement in 2019.

 What are your plans for 2020 Make it Your Year?

What’s your S.M.A.R.T Goals for 2020?

Please comment, SHARE with your friends, LIKE, Tweet and Google plus. 🙂

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Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast +Review

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast +Review

I received two early Christmas presents! The Kid Lit Industry applauded Book 4 of my Song Bird series, Great Barrier Reef Rescue with two incredible recognitions.

Chatabout Children podcast interviewed me regarding my Song Bird superhero series featuring Great Barrier Reef Rescue and Rainforest Rescue.

Ragamuffin Books awarded me a *5 STAR review on Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Children’s Author Sonia Bestulic

Author Sonia Bestulic, speech pathologist interviewed me on her Chatabout Children podcast.

She congratulated me on Sir David Attenborough’s letter of support for Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

#5 Tips on Raising Eco Superheros

  • Why I (Karen Tyrrell) write about the environment.
    • How can children save the environment.
  • What’s happening with the bees at the moment.
    • How to spend time in nature using your five senses.
    • What children can do the take care of trees and the seas.

Quote Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast

‘Children love immersing in environmental activities. It’s a natural, FUN thing kids love doing. Eco activities develop children’s community spirit, their eco-awareness, and self-reliance. They can do something that makes a difference.’ … Karen Tyrrell author

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Podcast TUNE IN

Sir David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue


Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Review

Author and school teacher, Sarah Rasmussen of Ragamuffin Books reviewed Great Barrier Reef Rescue, giving it a spectacular review.

Quote Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Review

Super fun, action, page turner, twisty turns, Read & Laugh out loud.

Features Rosie, awesome hero and role model. PLUS brilliant villain, Destructo.

Suits huge age range …incredibly important message about the reef.

Endorsed by Sir David Attenborough!’

David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Rescue

 Read the FULL Review HERE

 Your Christmas Gift HERE

Order Great Barrier Reef Rescue: You’ll receive a FREE Reef show bag with your signed book. HERE

Merry Christmas to you … And a Happy Healthy 2020.

From Karen & Steve xx

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Karen Tyrrell Author Events 2020 YouTube

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

In 2019, Karen Tyrrell Author Events celebrated a bumper year with author talks, writing workshops, pantomimes and book launches.  Plus Steve and I presented a SPECIAL author talk in the USA.

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

Verdi Public School, USA

As an acclaimed author and Gifted & Talented teacher, I visited over 40 schools, 5 libraries and 3 festivals with Steve Tyrrell author.

Check out #2 Funny authors, lots of clever children and writers galore!

* Watch Karen Tyrrell Author Events 2019 video HERE  

**Starring schools, children, teachers, writers and supporters  HERE

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

TOP Highlights for 2019

  • In May, we launched Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue at Brisbane Square Library, part of Sunday in Conversation series.
  • We toured Central Queensland, performing on the Capricon stage, … and at libraries and schools.
  • Song Bird Rainforest Rescue was shortlisted for Speech Pathology Children’s Book of the Year. This award opened amazing opportunities for my ECO author talks and writing workshops.

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

Karen Tyrrell Author events 2020

For 2020, Steve and I are planning an incredible year. Already, we have booked six full-days at schools as a double act. Writing festivals are considering us as presenters too. Fingers crossed xx

Thrilled to announce Karen Tyrrell’s Author Events for 2020…

Karen Tyrrell Author Events

Curious Creatures, Wild Minds … Book Week Author Talk

Join Karen Tyrrell on a storytelling journey to meet curious creatures and wild minds.

Book characters include Song Bird Superhero and Super Bee from Song Bird The Battle of Bug World, Rainforest Man and Dreamtime characters from Song Bird: Rainforest Rescue, KT koala from Ready Set Discover Logan, Fuzzy the dog from Bailey Beats the Blah.

Karen challenges children to use wild minds to create their own curious creatures. Author talk includes costumes, props, power point show, dramatic book readings & how to create a simple narrative.

Song Bird Series ECO Talk

Karen dressed as Song Bird Superhero and Steve playing Destructo, Super Bee, Tree Man or Reef Man present an interactive eco author talk. They take the audience on a journey through the Song Bird series discussing how to care for bees, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.

Bully Prevention Talk

Karen, bully prevention author, and school teacher, shares strategies for bully prevention, highlighting coping skills. Her book STOP the Bully is supported by Kids Helpline, Kids Matter and is available as an audiobook.

Self-Care, Coping skills and Resilience Talk

Karen, award-winning mental health advocate and child empowerment author presents an interactive power point talk sharing self-care, resilience and bully prevention coping strategies to promote optimum wellness and happiness.

Superhero Writing Workshop

Karen, dressed as Song Bird Superhero and Steve as Super Bee or Tree Man, present an interactive writing workshop, boosting creativity and writing skills. Children write a superhero story with SUPER characters, SUPER villains and SUPER powers.

Includes power point show, student planning sheet, costumes, and props.

Adventure Story Writing Workshop

Meet Karen Tyrrell, adventure author of Song Bird Superhero series and Super Space Kid Series. Children learn to write an exciting adventure story starring an adventure hero who solves challenges, issues and problems.

Includes power point show, planning sheet, props, costumes, props.

Create a Hero Character

Bailey Beats the Blah Pantomime – Friendship skills

Karen dressed as Bailey and Steve as fuzzy the dog, bring to life picture book Bailey Beats the Blah as an interactive pantomime. Children learn how to make and keep friends

Harry Helps Grandpa Pantomime – Memory skills & Grandparents

Karen dressed as Harry and Steve as Grandpa, bring to life picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember as an interactive pantomime.

Children learn memory boosting skills, value of communication, family relationships and farm animals.

** Schools receive extra value in our author talks #2 Performers for the price of #1

BOOK Author talks and workshops HERE

  • Create a picture book
  • Create your first chapter
  •  Structure your novel

 DM message me through my contact page HERE

 Book through one of our three booking agents …

Speakers Ink, Creative Speakers Net, Green Leaf Press.

 What was your favourite event?

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Winners STOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway

Winners STOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway.

I’m announcing Winners STOP the Bully audiobook. Empowers children and families through humour and coping skills.

Children embrace my pro-active bully prevention strategies, addressing the bullying epidemic from multiple perspectives.

STOP the Bully audiobook

What’s STOP the Bully about?

‘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?’ ….  Karen Tyrrell Author

STOP the Bully audiobook

STOP the Bully Reviews

‘STOP the Bully offers readers specific strategies for dealing with bullying at school. It teaches children their best defense against bullying is confidence, positive friendships and speaking up when they find themselves in situations where they feel threatened or scared.’       

– Kids Book Review

STOP the Bully audiobook

Who supports STOP the Bully?

STOP the Bully is listed in the 2019 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Kids Matter, Kids Helpline, teachers and school counselors support STOP the Bully.

STOP the Bully raises BIG issues. Like bullying, family break-ups, poverty, self-esteem, coping skills, friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Who wants to listen to STOP the Bully Audiobook?

STOP the Bully audiobook

Listen to STOP the Bully Audiobook intro on YouTube. HERE


Where’s STOP the Bully Audiobook available?

Google Play, Storytel,  … plus MORE coming soon.

STOP the Bully audiobook

 WINNERS Stop the Bully audiobook

Drum roll… Congratulations to:

Print Book: Vanessa Pallant.

Audiobooks: Norah Colvin, Jeanie Bread, Alfred Bellanti.

I will contact you soon to arrange delivery of your book.

 Please LIKE, share, comment below to WIN!

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STOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway

STOP the Bully audiobookSTOP the Bully Audiobook Giveaway

STOP the Bully audiobook is now available to empower children and families world-wide. … through humour.

I’m thrilled that STOP the Bully, a humorous story will help children to stop the bully and live strong.

Children, families & schools can embrace my pro-active bully prevention strategies, addressing the bullying epidemic from multiple perspectives.

STOP the Bully audiobook

What’s STOP the Bully about?

‘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?’ …. by Karen Tyrrell Author

STOP the Bully audiobook

STOP the Bully Reviews

‘STOP the Bully offers readers specific strategies for dealing with bullying at school, teaching children their best defense against bullying is confidence, positive friendships and speaking up when they find themselves in situations where they feel threatened or scared.’       

– Kids Book Review

STOP the Bully audiobook

Who supports STOP the Bully?

STOP the Bully is listed in NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2019.

Teachers, school counselors, Kids Matter and Kids Helpline support STOP the Bully.

STOP the Bully raises BIG issues: bullying, family break-ups, poverty, self-esteem, coping skills, friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Who narrates STOP the Bully audio?

STOP the Bully audiobook

Sammy Gunner narrator

Sammy Gunner is a professional voice artist from the Gold Coast. She possesses an incredible child-like voice perfect for narrating children’s audio books.

Sammy and her family are long-time supporters of my books.

Contact: Instagram @sammygunnerartist and at Soundcloud

Who wants to listen to STOP the Bully Audiobook?

STOP the Bully audiobook

Go to STOP the Bully Audio book on YouTube. HERE



Where’s STOP the Bully Audiobook available?

Google Play, Storytel,  … plus MORE coming soon.

STOP the Bully audiobook

Who wants to win a FREE audio Book?

I’m giving away #3 FREE STOP the Bully audio books plus #1 FREE print copy.

Please leave a comment BELOW on WHY you want to win.

Four people with the BEST answers wins a copy.

Winners announced Friday 22nd November

 Please LIKE, share, comment below to WIN!

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Publishing Tips StoryArts Brisbane

Publishing Tips StoryArts Brisbane

As an author and committee member, I celebrated the ultimate event in my writer’s year.

Last weekend, Book Links launched the very first StoryArts Brisbane.

A two-day action-packed writing retreat for writers and illustrators of children’s books.

Refreshing. Exhausting. Exhilarating.

Anna Byrd, Jacqui Halpin, June Perkins

I shared this AMAZING weekend with my writing buddies and colleagues.

We participated in ground-breaking masterclasses, pitching sessions, inspiring panels and feedback sessions.

Jacqui Halpin, Artelle Lenthall, Karen Tyrrell (moi), Tyrion Perkins, Anna Byrd.

I scribbled down blueprints for my next writing projects, revitalizing my creative brain to the MAX.

What are the Highlights?

Congratulations to Debbie Kahl, winner of the Book Links mentorship.  Editor and judge Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright will mentor her.

Debbie Kahl & Robyn Sheahan-Bright

Book Links hosted the IBBY AGM where Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac gave an address, Books Without Borders.  Afterwards we drank champagne.

Jenny Stubbs, Frane Lessac, Robyn Sheahan-Bright, Mark Greenwood

Editor, Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright led two brilliant panels, asking probing questions to elicit new information.

Five publishers revealed their most candid publishing tips on a panel.

Sarah Davies, Rochelle Manners, Rowena Beresford, Sussanah Chambers, Marissa Pintado

TOP Publishing Tips

  1. Publishers want to fall in love with your character’s voice from the very first line.
  2. Surprise and delight publishers with clever writing. Write the unexpected.
  3. Touch readers hearts, tickle their funny bone or Both.
  4. Follow market trends, then create a new exciting trend.

Creators shared tips on how to write and illustrate the best stories for children on a panel.

Creators: Heath McKenzie, Sarah Davis, Lisa Shanahan

Author Mark Greenwood, history hunter, presented a talk on how to discover and research intriguing historical mysteries.

Author Lisa Shanahan presented the AMAZING ‘Fierce, Funny, True: The Art of Writing for Children.’ Her masterclass was breathtakingly inspiring and practical.

Today, I began an upscaled writing practice.

Lisa Shanahan – Brilliant Tutor

TOP Writing Tips

  1. Enhance your Four Doors to writing excellence: story, character, language and setting.
  2. Create a unique character with a powerful voice.
  3. Play with language, imagery and poetic skills in your writing journal. (daily)
  4. READ award-winning children’s books. EVERY DAY!

Literary agent, Alex Adsett presented a practical pitch critiquing session.

We learned how to write an engaging pitch, a synopsis, first page and query letter.

And how to deliver a *LIVE pitch, orally.

Alex Adsett

Who organized StoryArts Brisbane?

Special thanks to the StoryArts committee.  Thanks to Jenny Stubbs, president of Book Links, Danielle Freeland: vice president, Liane McDermott: secretary, Yvonne Mes: co-ordinator of Write Links.

Jacqui Halpin, Maria Parenti-Baldi and myself (Karen Tyrrell) worked on the committee too.

Jacqui Halpin, Danielle Freeland, Liane McDermott, Jenny Stubbs, Karen Tyrrell (moi)

Who were the Winners?

Writers and illustrators now have an action plan for the next step in their publishing journey.

Psst! Friends shared their success stories with me. Many are sending their requested pages or manuscripts to publishers soon.

AND … on the weekend, Publishers accepted manuscripts for publication! YES!!

My friend Artelle Lenthall & me Karen Tyrrell 

 What was the BEST part for me?

Someone read out my First Page to a panel of publishers ….

A publisher then requested the first ten pages of my manuscript.

It’s a humorous fast-paced mystery on childhood anxiety.

I can’t wait to rewrite and resend those pages using everything I’ve learned.

What’s YOUR favourite experience at StoryArts?

Please share your successes here. Comment, Like, Share on Facebook

Photo Credits: Karen Tyrrell, Steve Tyrrell, Maria Parenti-Baldi, Pym Schaare, Artelle Lentall

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Mental Health Achievement Awards Karen Tyrrell

Mental Health Achievement AwardsMental Health Achievement Awards – Karen Tyrrell.

Last Friday, I celebrated an award in the Mental Health Week Achievement awards at Brisbane Town Hall with SUPER inspiring people. Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio announced the winners.

Queensland Mental Health Commission and Open Minds sponsored these important awards.

Mental Health Achievement Awards

Rwandan Dancers celebrate with the audience


I’m proud to announce, I received a Finalist award in the Jude Bugeja Peer Experience awards.

This award I share with author hubby, Steve Tyrrell, who writes and presents with me. (Below)

Mental Health Achievement Awards

Carer Dog bonds with Fuzzy, AKA Steve Tyrrell

I’m honoured to receive my 4th Mental Health Award for my achievements as an author, speaker, performer and community service.

My 12 books include topics of mental illness memoirs, recovery, self-care, resilience, Alzheimer’s, belongingness, bully prevention  and MORE.

What did I perform at the Mental Health Expo?

Afterwards, Steve and I performed Bailey Beats the Blah pantomime at Brisbane Square Library, End Room.

Everyone in the audience danced, sang and participated.


‘Schoolboy battles anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, searching for his happiness.’

Courier Mail interviewed me: ‘Health Awards highlight life-changing work’

As a Queensland Mental Health Week finalist, I spoke about my successes, the challenges and hopes for those living with mental illness …

Ms Tyrrell, who shares her personal story of parent-teacher bullying and mental illness, hopes her work will draw attention to the need for more programs based on self-care and mindfulness.

‘Focusing on strong mind skills in early education creates a resilience-equipped society prepared for the future,” she said.

‘Mental health and resilience should be a priority for society and Governments must concentrate on mental health strategies, resources and funded programs.’

‘She said empowering children with anti-bullying, coping and resilience skills was a “buzz”.

“Every time a child or an adult confides how my mental health journey has helped them … that adds purpose to my life,” Ms Tyrrell said.

‘Someone came to a recent event to disclose their own mental health issues. I shared my lived-experiences, brutal realities and the journey to develop my own coping skills, which gave them personal hope.

If I can continue doing that, I’ll take my successes one person at a time.”

Courier Mail asked me How I validate my work ..

‘She said being a finalist in this year’s awards was validation for the work she does.

‘I faced dark places and I never want anyone to experience that ever,” Ms Tyrrell said.

Recognition from the mental health industry inspires me to write more empowering  books and continue sharing my story of hope with the community.”

Karen Tyrrell has written multiple books about anti-bullying, self-care, mood swings and how to develop coping skills.                 (Jude Bugeja – Peer Experience Award Category)’

karen Tyrrell Australia Reads Ambassador https://australiareads.org.au/ambassadors/karen-tyrrell/

What are my TOP achievements in Mental Health?

  • Winner of Jude Bugeja Mental Health Achievement Award Queensland in 2015.
  • Speaker Channel 7 News, ABC radio and 4BC radio on mental health and bullying.
  • Created Queensland Health Writing Program for Mental Health consumers.
  • Speaker on child empowerment, bully prevention and self-care at schools with Steve Tyrrell
  • Finalist four times Mental Health Achievement Award Queensland

How do these awards inspire me?

These awards inspire me to continue spreading resilience messages to children and schools.

Currently, I’m touring schools sharing self-care, bully prevention, resilience and coping skills.

Next week, I’m speaking to students at Trinity College, Beenleigh.

Please contact Speakers Ink, if you’d wish to book me for an interactive talk.


How important is mental health to YOU?

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