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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

Unconventional approaches to the challenges of 21st century parenting

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January 29, 2019 Guest Post 0 Comments

Jessica Dettman, blogger and author of the recently released How to Be Second Best, has had enough of parents suffocating under the weight of comparison. So, in the spirit of her debut novel, she's embracing the power of self-acceptance and letting herself and her family be ... happy. In this guest post, she gives you one remarkably simple way that parents can overcome the information overload that is parenting in the 21st century. READ MORE

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