A Children’s Book is a Compass

By Steve Heron OAM No one is told any story but their own. –from the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. When I look back at the books I loved as a child, one that stands out is “Tootle”, a Little Golden Book. I wasn’t sure why it stood out until I reread it for the...Read More

Words in The Valley Readers and Writers Festival

Welcome to the Words in the Valley Festival 2021, a four-day celebration of literature. While the festival has been postponed due to Covid-19, the quality remains assured. We are very proud to deliver a writers’ festival with a terrific line-up of international writers that all live locally within Western Australia The Words in the Valley festival is an event that...Read More

MAXIMUS – FAITHFULLY RECREATING THE EXPERIENCE OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE

by Steve Heron OAM Maximus, middle-grade novel has sound psychological concepts underpinning the narrative and an informed social and emotional wellbeing context. Maximus has been referred to as a book about bullying. It is interesting that the word ‘bully’ appears only once in the story when Mitch calls his dad a bully when he yells at his little sister Megan....Read More

Feel Safe Feel Right Books

A ten year old boy asked me to write a book about a boy who was bullied in the toilets. This was way before I started writing kids books. 'I don't write books. I failed English at High School.' Some time after this encounter, I was driving along a road near where I lived and spotted a group of skylarking...Read More

Diversity in Literature

Some thoughts by Steve Heron OAM What is diversity? It is the state of being diverse. Der. Diversity: Variety, difference. Diversity in literature circles usually refers to stories featuring significant characters who identify as LGBTQ+, are people of colour, have disabilities, or are part of any other oppressed and/or underrepresented group. This includes anyone who has been colonised or stereotyped....Read More