Reluctant Advice for Keen Young Writers

Blog | Posted by Carole on Thursday 24 April 2008

I’ve recently had a number of emails from young writers asking for advice on how to improve their writing. They seem to think that because I write books, and some of them have been successful, I can explain how to write a successful book. If only it were that easy. The truth is, I can’t […]

Dragon Moon Shortlisting

Awards | Posted by Carole on Thursday 17 April 2008

The shortlist for this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have just been announced, and…Dragon Moon has been nominated for the Patricia Wrightson Award. I’m delighted, of course. That’s two shortlistings for the book. The winners will be announced on 19 May. You can see all the other shortlisted books here. It’s a tough field, with […]

Medieval Faire

News | Posted by Carole on Thursday 17 April 2008

The State Library of Victoria is holding a Medieval Faire this Saturday (20 April) from 10-4. There are lots of interesting-looking events and activities including opportunities to learn how to sword fight, try drawing dragons and dress up in Medieval clothes. There are story-telling sessions and performances of Medieval music. It’s all to accompany The […]


Blog, Dragons | Posted by Carole on Tuesday 15 April 2008

While I was at the Shanghai American School, I had a look at the beautiful Beijing Opera costumes that belong to the school. When Jacqueline Meijer asked if I’d like to try them on, I didn’t hesitate. Here I am in Imperial dragon robes. Thanks to Jacqueline for sending me the photos.

Sydney Visit in May

Appearances | Posted by Carole on Friday 11 April 2008

I will be visiting Sydney next month as a guest of the Sydney Writer’s Festival. I’ll be doing two school sessions on a panel with Terry Denton, Richard Glover, Doug MacLeod, Emily Rodda and Deborah Abela. But those sessions have both sold out. I will also be doing a session which is open to the […]

Shanghai dragons

Blog, Dragons | Posted by Carole on Sunday 6 April 2008

Wherever I go, I always keep an eye out for dragons. It will come as no surprise, I’m sure, that there was no shortage of them in Shanghai. My favourites were the ones on the bronze ritual vessels in the Shanghai Museum. They are two and a half to three thousand years old. Click on […]

Reader’s art from Sycamore Elementary, California

Website | Posted by Webmaster on Friday 4 April 2008

A batch of Dragonkeeper-inspired artwork by students from Sycamore Elementary School at Simi Valley, California USA, has just been added to the readers’ art page.

CBCA awards and new covers for Garden and Dragon Moon

Awards, Website | Posted by Webmaster on Friday 4 April 2008

Portuguese and French covers have been added the Garden of the Purple Dragon, and a US cover has been added for Dragon Moon. Carole’s Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlistings and notable book listings for 2008 have also been added for Dragon Moon, Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie Letter and The Dragon Companion.

A Good Day

Awards, News | Posted by Carole on Tuesday 1 April 2008

Today was a good day. It was warm autumn weather with a pleasant breeze. I went back to the gym after a month’s absence and it felt good. And to make the day even better, the shortlist for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia was announced and two of my books were on the […]