I recently returned from a wonderful three weeks in France and The Netherlands.
One of the highlights was visiting the beautiful city of Utrecht (home of Miffy the rabbit) and meeting the fabulous Utrecht City of Literature team, who gave us delicious cake (from the best bakery in Utrecht) as well as some reading recommendations.
I now have the following children's book authors to read: Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dick Bruna and Max Velthuijs.
And I'm keen to check out these fiction writers too: Arthur Japin, Harry Mulisch and Arnon Grunberg.
Dank u wel Utrecht City of Literature!
WOW - my book Bruce Finds A Home is going to be part of the Little Landers Literature programme! Along with illustrator Robyn Belton (whose beautiful book The ANZAC Violin is in stores now), I'm going to be teaming up with The Highlanders to bring the joy of reading to Dunedin's children.
Visit the Otago Daily Times website to find out more about Little Landers Literature.
Wow, my children's book Bruce Finds A Home is going to be on The Cafe TV show on Monday 9 April! We pre-recorded the segment today. I got to hang out with Mel Homer and Mike Puru who are both seriously lovely. A huge thanks to my publicist Karen from Lighthouse PR for arranging this opportunity for me.
Hmmm, perhaps I'd better start thinking about the next Bruce book?
Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Dunedin Bruce Finds A Home book launch. I had a fabulous morning getting to know these little creatures, which at the time I thought were cats but upon closer inspection look rather fox-like.
I ran a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to help fund the book, and as part of the campaign 73 people donated books to the Animal Rescue Network Dunedin. Today I was proud to deliver the 73 books to the network, and I hope they assist with fundraising.
Bruce Finds A Home is now available in all good New Zealand book shops. You can also buy it online here:
The New Zealand Woman's Weekly is giving away four copies of 'Bruce Finds A Home'. Check out the magazine for entry details.
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Auckland book launch for Bruce Finds A Home - and to everyone who helped me organise it. An extra big thank you to the lovely ladies at The Dorothy Butler Book Shop who made the experience so special.
I'm looking forward to the Dunedin book launch this Saturday 17 February at the University Book Shop from 10.30am. All welcome!
We've succumbed to Jacindababymania over here at Bruce HQ, and put a little something in the post for the PM and her first bloke.
Bruce Finds A Home: Auckland book launch
11am, Sunday 11 February
Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop
1 Jervois Road, Ponsonby
Join the event on Facebook.
Bruce Finds A Home: Dunedin book launch
10.30am, Saturday 17 February
UBS (University Book Shop)
378 Great King Street, North Dunedin
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My short fiction has been published in Headland, Hue and Cry, Pot Roast and Aerodrome. I'm an award-winning playwright and zine creator, and my play Indiscretions was published by Playmarket. I have contributed articles and creative non-fiction to The Spinoff, The Sunday Star Times, The NZ Herald and more. I also manage the social media for my cat Bruce, and I wrote and illustrated a children's book, Bruce Finds A Home, based on his exploits.