‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ press.

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I thought I would put all my interviews in one place for ease of reference.

I was on ABC’s The Drum and later spoke with Elly Duncan for a deeper dive into the need for diverse autism representation in books and pop culture.

I spoke to Katherine Collette on my favourite podcast (!!) The First Time Podcast about Own Voices, pandemics, and the joys of waiting.

Please Don’t Hug Me was the May pick for Kill Your Darling’s First Book Club. There is a review from Ellen Cregan and we had a great chat for the KYD podcast. I also did a Shelf Reflection interview.

Anna Whateley interviewed me for the Sydney Writers’ Festival Podcast series.

I did an interview with Books + Publishing where we talked about what it was like getting an autism diagnosis, epistolary novels, feeling ‘seen’ and vulnerability. B+P also featured a review by Charlotte Guest.

I wrote a post for the Readings blog, where I highlighted three things I’ve learned from getting an autism diagnosis.

I spoke to Rhianna Patrick at ABC Radio about the process of writing the book.

I had an in-conversation event with Nina Kenwood at Oz Authors Online that can be viewed on YouTube.

I did Ten Terrifying Questions with Booktopia, in which I talked about autism, fairies, my emo phase, crap pay in journalism, Hannah Gadsby, #LoveOzYA and my advice for aspiring writers.

Please Don’t Hug Me was a Staff Favourite pick for April with Booktopia.

I spoke to Andrew Pople who hosts Final Draft on 2ser about writing, representation and our love of books.

I spoke to The Bookish Bex as part of the Autistic Pride Readathon about autistic rep—the good and not so good.

Autistic writer Clem Bastow and I exchanged letters (well, emails) as a little nod to ‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ for Amaze.

I was part of Bendigo Writers Festival Backstory, speaking with Sarah Mayor Cox about ‘Please Don’t Hug Me’, writing for young people, and reader reactions.

‘Please Don’t Hug Me’ was the July pick for #LoveOzYAbookclub and I did a Q&A.

More to come!

Events

Romancing the Stars Sunshine Coast: Romancing the Stars Online is a chance to discover what books our local and other guest authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults in the past year. Each creator will give a short introduction to their latest publication. You have a chance to get inside information about the creation of the books and make contact with potential presenters for your school or library.

Date: Thursday 20 August, 2020
Venue: ZOOM online
Time: 6:45 – 8:30pm
Cost: Free, but donations welcome and are tax deductible
RSVP: by 3:45 pm, Thursday 20 August

New Voices in YA with Avid Reader: Join ABC Radio’s Rhianna Patrick as she talks to three newcomers to the Australian YA scene, Rawah Arja, Lisa Fuller and Kay Kerr. Hear about their journeys to publication, their debut novels and what unique background each of these writers bring to the world of YA.

Date: Thursday 3 September, 2020
Venue: ZOOM online
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: $5
RSVP: by 4pm, Thursday 3 September

Hello from Varuna (amidst a pandemic).

To say this has been a strange week feels a little undercooked. In the span of five days I’ve nervously boarded a flight armed with hand sanitiser and disinfecting wipes, traveled to the Blue Mountains for my first writing Fellowship, written more than 20,000 words (and counting) while anxiously following the news, seen the Coronavirus (COVID-19) declared a pandemic, the SAME DAY announced my first ever festival panel for Sydney Writers Festival, and now a day later, watched as tickets are suspended and signs point to the event not being able to go ahead. We will know more come Monday, which is, funnily enough, also the day I’m due to fly home. Fun! Continue reading