Inspiring Authors Story Arts Festival

inspiring authorsInspiring authors presented their book talks to Ipswich schools at Story Arts Festival.

YAY! I studied them up close, taking note of every word and every move.


I, Karen Tyrrell author, was thrilled to volunteer at Story Arts Festival. I’m a school teacher, writing STEM science superhero novels with humorous twists. I was SO lucky to watch and learn presentation techniques from four incredible authors.

Check out the inspiring authors below who write either comedy or S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths).

Inspiring authors – Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson motivates young readers to care for animals and solve mysteries, and to read and write books. She is a Gold Coast award winning STEM science teacher and children’s author of Juliet – Nearly a Vet series, Vet Cadet series, Steve Parish Story Book series featuring Australian wildlife, and the Insects series. In total, she’s published 105 books in the last 17 years, selling 3 million books!!

Rebecca Johnson & I

Inspiring authors –  Dave Lowe

Dave Lowe is an award-winning Brisbane author of eleven funny illustrated junior novels. Books include Squirrel Boy (superhero) series, Stinky and Jinks (Hamster) series, which sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Dave’s latest series, The Incredible DADventure is about the hilarious, death-defying adventures of Holly and her explorer dad.

Dave Lowe

Inspiring authors – Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is a hilarious, bestselling children’s author and illustrator, with half a million books in print. He’s the co-creator of 9 picture books, including mega-hits, There’s a Monster under my Bed Who Farts and This is a Ball (See CUBE picture). He launched his middle-grade series, Funny Kid. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids’ book.

Inspiring authors – Andrew King

Andrew King switches kids onto engineering and design via his innovative picture books. Andrew is a Brisbane engineer, science teacher and STEM children’s author. His problem-solving apps, children’s activities and books Engibear’s Dream, Engibear’s Bridge and Engilina’s Trains are embraced by teachers, librarians, children and visionaries.

Andrew King

 #10 Author Talk Tips from Inspiring authors

Below I created 10 tips using the author’s talks above … plus a few tips of my own …

  1. Practise! Practise! Practise your talk until it shines. Make sure your talk is FUN, interactive, engaging and educating to children.
  2. Match your speaking style and format to the genre or theme of your book. Teach kids how to write your genre in simple steps. ie If you write funny, tell jokes. Always share writing strategies.
  3. Introduce your props (if any) early and get kids to engage with them.
  4. Build a strong rapport with your audience so kids want to listen and find out more about you as an author … and your books. Make your audience, the kids, feel something.
  5. Consider presenting a play where you invite 3 children to wear costumes to act out a scene as you narrate it. Get the audience to create sound effects.
  6. Share practical writing tips and advice to young writers to inspire kids to write.
  7. Consider a FUN interactive power point presentation with FUN questions, exercises, quizzes and photos of you the author as a child. Kids LOVE author-kid photos!! ? ? ?
  8. Read the most exciting, funny or engaging scene or page from your book using your most dramatic or funny voice.
  9. Let kids ask you author questions about your writing tips or your books. Make your answers personal as you can.
  10. Tell kids where you can buy your books. They’ll be keen to follow you and your books.

Special Thanks

Thanks to all the Story Arts Festival inspiring authors, illustrators, volunteers and organizers especially Jenny Stubbs, Yvonne Mes and Tyrion Perkins.

Inspiring Authors Story Arts Festival

Meet and learn from inspiring authors and illustrators at Story Arts Festival this weekend, 9-10th September. Check out the program. Book your tickets HERE …

BLOGGER: Karen Tyrrell writes empowering books to help kids live STRONG through humour and self-belief.  She’s a passionate writing workshop presenter and interactive story teller wearing fun costumes. Her acclaimed books Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird 1), Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Harry Helps Grandpa Remember, and Super Space Kids series ignite imagination and positive self-esteem. Karen has won 3 awards, 4 literary grants and a mentorship

 Which inspiring Author presentation tips do you like?

What Presentation tips can you add to the list?

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NEW Reviews The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)

NEW Reviews of The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2) written by Karen Tyrrell have flooded in. I’m absolutely thrilled with reader’s feedback on my children’s eco fantasy.

I’m especially chuffed about their reactions to my positive messages on sustainability, caring for the environment, crushing stereotypes and the power of friendship.

Song Bird Series

Thanks to Children’s Book Council of Australia, Buzz Words magazine, Vanessa from Educate. Empower ezine and all my readers for reviewing The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)

NEW Reviews The Battle of Bug World – from CBCA Reading Time

 “I really like the premise of this book. Rosie, the superhero Song Bird, has lost her voice which is the source of her power. Cataclysmic events, like tornadoes and giant sinkholes, are threatening the neighbourhood. All the bees have mysteriously disappeared, and a massive food shortage could be the result. And worst of all, Rosie’s sister, Raven, has disappeared. What’s a silenced Song Bird to do?”

The Battle of Bug World certainly packs in the adventure. Things happen non-stop in Rosie’s world.

“My favourite things in The Battle of Bug World, though, is Amy’s supersonic wheelchair, which she has kitted out with all sorts of cool features and gadgets. From the dynamic-balance setting, to the force-field which zaps any bugs that get too close, Amy’s wheelchair is awesome.”

“Fast-paced adventure that takes ecological issues and turns them into an engaging story that should appeal to young eco-warriors aged 8 to 12.”

NEW Review of Steve Tyrrell’s guest Chapter –   CBCA Reading Time                                    

‘Very vivid chapter … describing Rosie experiencing life as a Rosella. I loved the description and detail, and the strong sense of bird-ness about it.”

Steve Tyrrell AKA Super Bee author of Chapter 6

NEW Reviews of The Battle of Bug World – Buzz Words

 “Weird things were happening around town. Not only had the bees disappeared, but there were storms like never before, a black tornado over the next-door neighbour’s house, a giant sink hole in the main street and, to top it off, Rosie’s sister Raven had gone missing!

Rosie’s teacher and mentor, Miss Darling (aka Wonder Girl), convinces Rosie to go to the Bug World theme park to look for her sister – ‘Be Brave. Be Song Bird.’ Can they stop the weird climate changes?

Reviews Educate. Empower by Vanessa Jean, teacher & environmentalist

Superstorms destroying back gardens, disappearing bees, record temperatures causing heat waves across the country and a strange looking tornado forming above the house next door. Who can save the earth from doom and destruction?
Song Bird, The Battle of Bug World really brings up the issues … many of us can be superheroes and start to make small differences now, before the bees disappear, the weather becomes erratic and natural life is just inside a bubble. Inspire your little eco warrior today! ”

New Reviews

Authors Karen Tyrrell & Steve Tyrrell

NEW Reviews The Battle of Bug World – on Amazon

Thanks to New reviews which popped up on Amazon. Check out 12 *STAR reviews.  HERE

Song Bird Superhero at Book Week Parade

During Book Week, I presented The Battle of Bug World story, pantomime and eco talk to schools and at Imagin Expo. FAN girls and boys dressed up as Song Bird Superhero for their Book Week parade. Please send me photos of  you and Song Bird found out in the wild.

Fan Boy read Song Bird 2 x 3 times


Fan Girl at Book Week

Download the first 10 pages to read HERE

 Order Song Bird series with FREE postage HERE

 Download Teacher notes & children’s activities HERE

Song Bird Book 3 is due for release in 2018.

What do you think of Song Bird 2 ? … I’d LOVE to hear your review

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Story Arts Festival 2017 2-10 September

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

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

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

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

Check out all the Presenters

Story Arts Festival 2017 for Schools

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

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

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

Schools’ Program  

Classroom Resources

Writing Competition

Story Arts Festival 2017 for families

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

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

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

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

Family Program

Story Arts Festival 2017 for Adults & Writers

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

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

Come to a writing workshop to hone your writing skills.

Adults’ Program

Getting there:

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


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

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

Are you coming along to join the FUN?

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Sunshine Coast Writers Festival 13 Aug

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

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

Sunshine Coast Karen Tyrrell BIO

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

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

Sunshine Coast … Song Bird Superhero Battles Bug World

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

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

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

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

Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast … Marketing and Author Tours Talk

Karen Tyrrell, Pam Rushby, Michelle Worthington present …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All kids under 13 are FREE.

Get your tickets HERE

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Arts Queensland Approves Book Grant

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

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

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

Thanks Arts Queensland!

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

Arts Queensland

Thanks to my sponsor Logan City Council

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

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

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

What’s my NEW book about?

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

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

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

Who benefits from my Arts Queensland Grant?

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Tyrrell: my support system and man Friday.

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

Anthony Puttee, Aaron Pocock & Karen Tyrrell

5 Tips to win an Arts Queensland Grant

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

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

What comes next?

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

Please stay tuned

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

WHO supports my Arts Queensland grant and my community project?

Please comment below, LIKE on Facebook, Tweet, or Google +.

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School Talks Save Bees & Environment

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

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

A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden.

All the bees and bugs are disappearing.

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

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

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

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

Or stay home and save her family?

Song Bird 2

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

Karen Tyrrell Bug World

School Talks to Save the environment

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

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


School Talks to Save the Bees

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

He wrote chapter 2 in Song Bird Superhero.

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


Schools Talks to Empower

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

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


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

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

Bailey storytelling

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

BESTHow to Develop an Interactive School Talks

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

school talks

Would you like Steve and I to visit your school?

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

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

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

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by author Karen Tyrrell …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Review Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jo Kin 4

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

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

Jenny Graham  (Facebook abcJenny)


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

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

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Winners Battle of Bug World Book Give Away

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

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

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

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

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

Winners Blog Tour The Battle of Bug World

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

  1. Kids Book Review asked me 12 Curly Questions:

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

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

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

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

Karen Tyrrell Bug WorldWINNERS The Battle of Bug World Blog Tour


And the winners The Battle of Bug World are…

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

Artwork: The Battle of Bug World … Kara McLeod

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

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

Available at good Book Shops too.


Download FREE teacher’s resources & Kids Activities HERE

Thanks for supporting The Battle of Bug World.

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

Please leave your comment below. Love to hear from you. I’d be happy to answer any questions.

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Media The Battle of Bug World-Song Bird 2

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

Song Bird 2

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

A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden.

All the bees and bugs are disappearing.

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

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

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

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

Or stay home and save her family

Media ABC Radio Interview

ABC Radio Interview

ABC Radio Podcast with Emma Griffith

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

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

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

Media Courier Mail QWeekend

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

IMG_7402Here’s a snippet from My First Car

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

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

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

Book Signings

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

Book signings and FREE Capilano Honey bag with book purchase

15 July 10-1pm Dymocks Westfields Chermside 

Book signings and FREE Capilano Honey bag with book purchase

22 July 10.30-1pm Dymocks Westfields Northlakes

Book signings and FREE Capilano Honey bag with book purchase.


Media magazine, SheBrisbane

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

Read the Full Story HERE.

Media Karen Tyrrell Bug World

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

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

Which media story did you ENJOY?  

Please leave your comment below. Love to hear from you. I’d be happy to answer any questions.

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Amazon Release The Battle of Bug World + Book Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

FREE Capilano Honey gift bag with every purchase.

Song Bird & Superbee

SUPER Bee and Song Bird Superhero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


From Mon June 26 AMAZON LAUNCH  … Comment Below.

From Tues June 27 CURLY Q’S Kids Book Review

Since Tues June 27 REVIEW Just Write For Kids

From Wed June 28 REVIEW

Since Thurs June 29 Writing Junior Novels

From Fri June 30 REVIEW & interview

amazon releaseBOOK GIVEWAYS!

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

FREE Children’s Book Assessment!

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

FREE Artwork!

Win signed artwork by illustrator Trevor Salter. Add initials AW

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

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

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