Why My Local Library Rocks! @Manly_Council #BookWeek #AuthorTalk @KidsCancerProj

This fantastic library meme is going around at the moment, reminding everyone about the valuable role libraries still play in our lives: I agree! Not only do I love libraries, their studious calm and mind-expending resources, but they’ve provided a safe haven for me many times over the years – from studying at school and… Continue reading →

“Rider & the Hummingbird” #WABIAD @KidsCancerProj #TheKidsCancerProject

Yesterday, my wonderful Northern Beaches Writers’ Group and I wrote a book in a day to raise money for The Kids Cancer Project. It’s something we’ve done for the last few years to support research in curing childhood cancer, and to give the children at Westmead Children’s Hospital a page-turning adventure to read. The deal… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 16 August 2015
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5 Ways You Can Time Travel Right Now!

From time to time, we all dream about time travel – whether it’s wanting to take back something you said, remembering a happy memory and wanting those feelings again, or actually wanting to go back or forward in time. As you may know, I recently visited the UK and was lucky enough to visit some… Continue reading →

Change Lives With A Book!

Stories have immense power. They can change the way you think about life, let you escape from the world for a while, keep you up late at night… I love books! So do children. Stories are magical. Stories can inspire and excite. Stories can help children make sense of the world, and that’s why for… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 30 July 2015
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I’m a Judge (again)! Send Your Stories!

When I was a lawyer (in a past life, see here), I wanted to be a judge. I have a strong sense of fairness and enjoy listening to others. I have also always loved stories and for me a big part of being a lawyer was understanding and then communicating other people’s stories. Now I’m… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 23 July 2015
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Advice from @TrudiCanavan, #Frankenstein, & Photos from the #NSWWC Speculative Fiction Festival

A week in the sun can do a lot to a person. You can either get incredibly bored, or if you have a good book and a comfortable spot in the shade you can enjoy yourself. For me, last week involved the latter, I was flying home from England and stopped-over in Vietnam on the… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 20 July 2015
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The Connectivity of Writing (rather than its beauty).

When I was reading English at university, I had a pinboard above my desk. Aside from the odd postcard, I used it to display my favourite literary quotes, poems and stories. Fast-forward to last weekend and I was searching through some boxes for something – boxes that I haven’t peeked in for decades – and… Continue reading →

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