Apart from picture books and full length novels, I also enjoy writing in other forms and for other purposes or audiences.
Akash and the Pigeons is a short story for children about human trafficking and child labour in the clothing industry.
All day long, every day that came and went, Akash sewed... He sewed sunshine but never felt it. He sewed flowers but never smelt them.
The story has been written to be read aloud, as a conversation starter with children aged 5 up, empowering them to become advocates in the fight against modern day slavery. Written at the request of Stop The Traffik Australia, initially under my other author name, Akash and the Pigeons has been illustrated by the talented Alex Hammond. It's a useful resource for classrooms or children's programs aiming to tackle issues of social justice, and one I'm passionate about presenting when invited.
The Enlistment is a fiction short story about meeting family for the first time, and the courage required to know when, and what to fight for.
Whoever it was on that day stared at you with wet eyed, wide eyed wonder.
I wrote this story initially for myself, as I was imagining what it would be like to choose to share a child's story when that story has been a tough one so far. Later I entered it in a literary competition - the 2016 Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards - where it received a commendation.