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Beth Morrey, on everyday kindness

Beth Morrey Saving Missy

Beth Morrey was inspired to write her debut novel, Saving Missy, while pushing a pram around her local park during maternity leave. Getting to know the community of dog owners, joggers, neighbours and families, she began to sow the seeds of a novel about a woman saved by the people around her, strangers who became friends. In this post, she writes about her real-life experiences of motherhood and community. READ MORE

How To Talk To Your GP About Your Mental Health

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Elizabeth Venzin established The MindShift Foundation in 2013. With a background in corporate leadership, her determined advocacy for better preventative mental health initiatives has led to successful public health campaigns, lobbying of state and federal governments, and now this book. Elizabeth is a frequent guest on ABC Radio and is a tireless campaigner and speaker on the importance of preventative mental health for individuals, families, communities and workplaces.  Mindshift to a Better Place, by Elizabeth Venzin, is on shelves now. READ MORE

The importance of self-worth

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Elizabeth Venzin established The MindShift Foundation in 2013. With a background in corporate leadership, her determined advocacy for better preventative mental health initiatives has led to successful public health campaigns, lobbying of state and federal governments, and now this book. Elizabeth is a frequent guest on ABC Radio and is a tireless campaigner and speaker on the importance of preventative mental health for individuals, families, communities and workplaces. Here, she looks at the role of healthy self-worth in the lives of individuals. Mindshift to a Better Place, by Elizabeth Venzin, is on shelves now. READ MORE

The Matilda Children’s Literature Prize and the Magic of Storytelling with Publisher, Lisa Berryman

Storytelling is at the heart of everything we do at HarperCollins Children’s Books, be it creating beautiful picture books for very young children, books with more accessible text for those who are learning how to read, or page-turning books for children who are more confident readers, we know the power of a good story. And in a world where kids are surrounded by the temptations of the digital world, we know that the very best books will attract the attention of our young audience. READ MORE

Tips to help new mothers nourish themselves with ease

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Heidi Sze is a mother, writer and dietitian, specialising in pre- and postnatal nutrition. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children. On her blog, Apples Under My Bed, Heidi writes about everyday life, reflections on motherhood and the recipes that nourish her family. She's just released her book, Nurturing Your New Life, which is full to the brim of calming approaches to the stresses of new motherhood, as well as healthy recipes to nourish mum and bub. Here, she's sharing some tips for new mothers to make the first few months as healthy and nourishing as they can be. READ MORE

A speechwriter’s guide to eulogising Bob Hawke

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June 21, 2019 Guest Post 0 Comments

We asked Dr Lucinda Holdforth, one of Australia's leading speechwriters and author of Leading Lines, to analyse the way Australians farewelled the former PM. She sees speeches as much more than a string of words nervously addressed to a disengaged crowd, but rather as important communicative devices. In her book on the subject, Lucinda reminds us that democracies rise and fall on the quality of the debates we conduct and the subsequent decisions we make. READ MORE

Finding time to write – and then using it …

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Danielle Hawkins lives on a sheep and beef farm near Otorohanga with her husband and two children. She works part-time as a large animal vet, and writes when the kids are at school. To say her life is busy is a gross understatement and yet she's just published her fourth novel When It All Went to Custard. For all aspiring writers (particularly those who are mums), Danielle has given us an insight into her writing process. READ MORE

Why the first page of a manuscript is so important

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Unsurprisingly, first impressions are important when convincing publishers to take a chance on a manuscript. But there's a fine art to a good opening, and even the best story can be let down by a bad first page. Anna Valdinger, our Commercial Fiction Publisher, reads a lot of submission letters. So she knows a thing or two about what makes a manuscript stand out. We asked her to share a few top tips for writers to consider when submitting their work for The Banjo Prize. READ MORE

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