I love to write fun, feel-good adventures for children with universal themes. I’m an experienced classroom presenter, and passionate advocate for children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities as a ‘Writer in Residence’ and ‘Literacy Ambassador’ for the education charity, Ardoch.
I’m super-excited to reveal the super-fun cover for ‘Wonderful Shoes’ – a children’s picture book collaboration being published in May 2021 by the amazing (and recent Award Winning!) team at Windy Hollow Books . I feel very lucky to have had my words brought to life by the uber-talented Australian illustrator Tania McCartney. Stay tuned for more snippets about this lovely book as we get closer to the launch date.
I believe books play a vitally important role in children’s social, emotional and intellectual development. I’m particularly passionate about getting picture books into the hands of babies and toddlers via their carers in the early years from birth to pre-school age – and have been involved in many picture book collections in aid of disadvantaged communities. It goes without saying that I’m a huge fan of public libraries and the role they play in providing access to books and interactive storytimes for toddlers, no matter what their postcode may be.
As an active member of Australia’s kidlit community I enjoy developing my craft by attending meetings with my Melbourne branch of SCBWI; kidlit conferences (especially the annual KidLitVic Meet the Publishers, where I was a guest blogger in 2019); and entering writing competitions. I was honoured to have made the Shortlist of the ‘Scribbles Creative Writing Awards’ in both 2018 (picture book + middle grade) and 2019 (middle grade) which was judged by Australian kidlit luminaries Jen Storer, Judith Rossell, Gabriel Wang, Lucinda Gifford, Gus Gordon, publisher Michelle Madden (Penguin Kids Australia) and sponsored by HarperCollins Childrens Books Australia.
I particularly enjoy spending a lot of time in the classroom each year with Yr 2 – Yr 4 children in my ‘Writer in Residence’ workshops and find the children to be some of the most authentic, engaging and interesting humans on the planet.
Author Emma Bowd reading NSS2017 at Brighton Library, Bayside Library Service; and conducting a Writer in Residence at Arnolds Creek Primary, 2017.