October 8th 2014 11.55pm. Total lunar eclipse happening right now. And it's a clear night! We've got the full blood moon happening. Beautiful.
September 2014 Ursula Le Guin has been awarded the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Brilliant!! The list of Le Guin's work that has inspired, enthralled and delighted so many people is far too long to cite here, but go here to her website to have a look, then go to your local library or bookshop and treat yourself to a Le Guin work to celebrate.
June 1st 2014 So it's been a while. What's been happening? A fantastic 50th anninversary for the Doctor. Two (almost) complete seasons of Game of Thrones. A dwindling of aftershocks (at last) from our big quakes. A lot of work on the sequel to The Bridge, (working title Havoc).
March 17 2013 Words on the Wind: A few local SpecFicNZ authors (including me) will be reading at the Upper Riccarton Library this Sunday (1:30 to 3:30pm), as part of New Zealand Book Month. There will be opportunities to ask questions, sign books and mingle, so come along and enjoy a couple of hours of fun, frights and fancy. It's free!
October 9th 2012 The hardback edition of The Bridge published for release in North America by Tundra Press. It's very exciting to be published in Canada and the USA. Do drop me a line to say hello!
August 30 - September 2nd 2012 The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival. At last, after two attempts, both cancelled by quakes here in Chch, there will be a festival! I'm very excited to be involved in the Speed Date an Author event for schools on Friday 31st, and a panel on Why YA? with fellow Christchurch writer Helen Lowe (Thornspell, The Wall of Night series), and the excellent John Boyne (best known for The Boy in Striped Pyjamas) on Sunday 2nd Sept at 9.30am (Geodome, Hagley Park).
July 23rd 2012 Margaret Mahy died today. One of the great NZ writers. She always said - if you asked her where stories came from - 'It's a mystery!' What's not a mystery is that she wrote stories and poems that were loved by generations of young (and not so young) Kiwis. Rest in peace, Margaret. You brought a lot of joy and delight to a lot of people.
June 6th 2012 Ray Bradbury dies, aged 91. A peerless writer. One of the greats. Neil Gaiman pays tribute here.
May 20th 2012 The Nebula Awards - for those of you who are keen SFF readers, check out this year's award winners here. (The Doctor's Wife won the Ray Bradbury Award - hooray!)
May 16th 2012 A huge thank you to everyone who voted for The Bridge in the NZ Post Book Awards. I'm absolutely delighted to report that it won the YA 'Children's Choice' award (that is, Readers' Choice - I don't think of you guys as children any more!) at the ceremony last night. The judges also awarded it the Honour Book in the YA category, which was won by Jack Lasenby's Calling the Gods - congratulations Jack!
May 9th 2012 A big thank you to the students at Feilding Intermediate and Monrad Intermediate who hosted me in their classrooms today as part of the New Zealand Post Book Awards tour. I really enjoyed our discussions about writing.
March 18th, 2012 Taking part in Flights of Fancy - a local SpecFic NZ Book Month event - with lots of great local specfic writers.
March 10th, 2012: More amazing writers to share a stage with at the Festival - talking quakes and writing with Fiona Farrell, Patrick Evans and Kate De Goldi.
March 9th, 2012: Looking forward to sharing the Writers and Readers Schools' Day at the New Zealand International Arts Festival with some truly amazing writers - I'll be discussing dystopian worlds with Bernard Beckett, and I'll be listening in to the magic realism session (and it will be magic!) with Elizabeth Knox and Kelly Link, and the 'our planet, our future' session with Tim Flannery.
March 2012: New Zealand Book Month! Taking part in the Great New Zealand Book Race starting now and running until the end of Term 3. Check it out here.
February 28th: Very excited to learn that The Bridge has been shortlisted for the YA category of the NZ Post Children's Book Awards!
October 25th 2011: I had a wonderful time at Inkyfest - met some great people (readers and writers) and loved being in Melbourne for a few (non-quakey) days.
September 15th 2011: The Doctor returns to NZ screens
September 4th 2011: One year since the 7.1 quake - and we are up to quake no. 7507 (a mag 4.4, just to remind us that it's not over yet).
August 1st 2011: The Bridge comes out!
July 25th 2011: Myke Bartlett wins the 2011 Text Prize with The Relic, an adventure novel in which mythological creatures invade suburban Perth and threaten the world. Congratulations, Myke!
June 27th 2011: Christchurch quake no. 7100 and counting.
June 22nd 2011: Winter Solstice. 'We're half-way out of the dark.'
June 15th 2011: Lunar Eclipse. Check out this great video of the eclipse (and lots of good links in the comments section below it).