Dear Rose,

I’m BAAAAACK! I know you missed me and you still haven’t forgiven me for fsealailing to blog on Monday – hence, you made me kiss a seal at the zoo today. Pictures to come on Monday apparently (God knows, what you will manage to do with that!!)

So I had a grand time in BrisVegas with my bestie Robyn and her girlfriend Karen. One of the things I most love about visiting them is that a random, unplanned session of kitchen dancing always happens – it’s cool! So cool!

As you know, the Queensland trip has become something of an annual pilgrimage since I discovered the amazing CYA (Children’s and Young Adult) writers conference. I really get to combine business with pleasure – that virtuous feeling of going up for ‘work’ but also catching up with the girls.

And so, what I should be doing now is writing about how wonderful the whole conference was – how picture book writer Katrina Germain gave the most amazing masterclass and how I mingled my bootie off. But it’s Friday night – I’ve tried to tell you about blogging on Friday nights – not cool – and I’ve had my one glass of wine (thanks hubby and Dry July) and my one piece of pizza and I can hear the Simpsons and I’ve gotta go.


Love You, Mum xoxoxo


About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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