Announcing: THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

I’m thrilled to be able to emerge from my attic and – finally – share this news: my new novel, called THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME, will be published by Penguin Random House in Australia & New Zealand in July … More

Hello from the Gillespies in Latvia

Delighted to take delivery this morning of the Latvian hardback edition of Hello from the Gillespies. I’m even more pleased to see that not only have the title and text been translated, but my name too!

A County Meath Talk

A warm invitation to any of you in or near County Meath here in Ireland – I’m giving a talk about books, writing and my love of libraries in the Oldcastle Library on Thursday 23rd February at 7.30 pm. I’ll … More

Bonjour to the Gillespies

Bonjour to the Gillespies! The French edition of Hello from the Gillespies will be published in France by Milady Litté on January 20, 2017.

Flying trip home to South Australia

My warmest thanks to Margie and Sharon of Meg’s Bookshop in the Clare Valley of South Australia for hosting my book-signing in November during my flying trip home. Big thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello too, including … More

Creative Writing Workshop with Monica

I’m delighted to be part of the terrific Dalkey Creates writing festival in County Dublin this October. I’ll be running a two day workshop on Sat 15 & Sun 16 October, called Creative Writing: Absolute Beginners. Here’s the info from … More

The Railway Sisters

My Alphabet Sisters have been for a jaunt on a Melbourne train – thank you Books on the Railway and happy reading to Nicosmarty who found them.

Salisbury Event

Hello to all of you in or around the Salisbury area in South Australia. I hope you’ll come and join in our discussion about Hello from the Gillespies next month! Salisbury Library Service say: Our One Book One Salisbury Author … More

A Seminar with the ASA

I’m very happy to be part of a new series of writing seminars via video conference, ‘Creators on Craft’, organised by the Australian Society of Authors. I’ll be presenting a session on getting to know your characters on Friday 24 … More

Pride comes before a fall…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you are in Bath on your way to the Jane Austen Centre and trip over a cobblestone and land on your outstretched right hand, you will break your wrist and spend the … More

Supporting Australian storytellers

There is serious worry within the Australian book industry about a new proposal to remove Australian copyright protection. This move would affect not just authors and publishers, but readers too. If you’d like to help support Australian storytellers or want … More

Bedside Reading

I think my bedside reading pile is getting out of hand.  

In Conversation with Geraldine Doogue

It was my big pleasure and honour to talk to renowned Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue here in Dublin for her SaturdayExtra program on ABC Radio National. We recorded a segment in St Stephen’s Green about the role of women during the … More

Dymocks Top 101: Hello from the Gillespies

I’m delighted to see Hello from the Gillespies in this year’s Dymocks Books’ Top 101 poll in Australia. Thank you all very much for your votes. https://www.dymocks.com.au/top-101

Australia’s Favourite Authors

I’m very happy (and very touched) to be named at no. 5 in Booktopia‘s poll listing Australia’s 50 Favourite Authors. Thanks so much for all your votes, and big thanks to Booktopia for their great support of Australian authors too. http://blog.booktopia.com.au/…/australias-favourite-author…/

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all from the beautiful, stormy west of Ireland. I spent the final day of the year in Connemara in County Galway, driving past mountains and lakes, in rain and sunshine, under grey and then blue … More

Merry Christmas from Dublin

Merry Christmas from Dublin, everyone. Thanks so much for all your great messages and comments throughout the year. Have a safe and happy festive break, and warmest wishes – and happy reading – until we talk again in 2016. Monica … More

Australian Christmases

For anyone else homesick for Australia (or family) this Christmas – a beautiful article from The Toast website written by my beautiful niece Mikaella Clements. Signed, A Proud Aunt http://the-toast.net/…/a-guide-to-missing-australian-chris…/

A Cooler Christmas…

Cooling thoughts to all of you currently sweltering in Australia. I hope you all get some relief soon, and stay safe from the bush fires. Here’s a cool, snowy photo taken in County Mayo last week – one of the … More

Insight Into Audio: Part Two

Have you ever wondered what goes into making an audiobook? Read on, once again… Following my Q&A with Australian actor Ulli Birve, I’m very happy to welcome another narrator of my audiobooks, Catie Milte, to my page today. I also … More