Publications


What makes a family? The radical portrayal of diverse families in Australian picture books

Peer reviewed article in Gender Forum.
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Abstract:
Children’s fiction has a history of challenging family conventions, from the inevitable wicked stepmother throughout fairy tales to the orphaned protagonists of 19th century children’s novels. In recent years there has been a small, but important, increase in Australian published picture books that showcase family diversity. However, family diversity is still a contentious issue in Australian picture books. Divergence from the traditional or nuclear family model, whether by structure, culture, gender or sexuality, remains nothing short of radical.


Out of sight: the censoring of family diversity in picture books

Peer reviewed article in TEXT.
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Extract:
Family diversity has long been censored, silenced, and ignored in Australian picture books. Of the little available, much comes in the form of issue-driven books and from specialist presses overseas, presenting a distinct gap in Australian children’s literature. The contentious history of diversity in children’s books creates added issues in the struggle for representation, and diverse stories (and diverse authors) face ongoing challenges.


Review: Hasina

Book review of children’s novel Hasina from the Through My Eyes series.

Available on the series website here.

Extract:
Hasina tells the story of the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Hasina … her inner thoughts and feelings perfectly capture the sense of fear, confusion, pain and emptiness of trauma. However, through small acts of kindness by others, they also capture those of hope, compassion and love. Hasina is such an important book for Australian children, particularly as our country continues to deny basic human rights to refugees. Beautifully crafted, it shines a light on the realities of persecution and displacement, and shows the strength of perseverance and kindness in the face of bigotry and fear.


The magic of Harry Potter for children in care

Peer reviewed book chapter in Transmedia Harry Potter: Essays on storytelling across platforms

Available at McFarland Books here.

Extract:
As a foster carer, I have witnessed first-hand the therapeutic benefits of Harry Potter for children in out-of-home care. My husband and I read the series to our eight-year-old foster child, who revelled in the vitality and vividness of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world: the sights and sounds of Diagon Alley, the excitement of a quidditch match, and the awe-inspiring grandeur of Hogwarts castle. But for him, and the hundreds of thousands of children like him living in care around the world, Harry Potter is more than just an engaging literary experience: it is salvation.


I looked at 100 best-selling picture books: female protagonists were largely invisible

Article in The Conversation (also run by SBS). Click here to view.


Eight Australian picture books that celebrate family diversity

Article in The Conversation (also run by ABC News and NITV). Click here to view.


Call me Jane

Short story in Another time, another place.

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Don’t label me

Refereed poem in Bukker Tillibul.

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This (married) life

Article in The Weekend Australian Review.

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Breaktime in Bundoora

Short story in Stamping ground: stories of the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

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