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Inspirational Road Trip

We may not be able to travel overseas for holidays due to the Covid pandemic, but there is plenty to see in Australia. In July, my husband and I headed north towing our new Aliner (a compact pop-up caravan). After a short stay in the sleepy fishing village of...

Books at the Markets this weekend

I'm excited to be selling and signing my novels at the Gerringong and Kiama Markets this weekend. Flying through Clouds (winner of the SCBWI Spark Award, Older Readers, in 2017) and my first novel, Racing the Moon (published by Allen & Unwin in 2014) will be on...

Lunchtime Story Time Live with Michelle Morgan 19 May 2020

It was a pleasure to be part of Lunchtime Storytime Live last week presented to you by CBCA NSW. Here is the video of my live author talk and reading from Flying through Clouds: https://www.facebook.com/CBCANSW/videos/1334128760114961/      

CBCA NSW Lunchtime Storytime Live

Every weekday at 12 noon in May 2020, an Australian children's / YA author or illustrator will read from one of their published books, and the live video will be streamed on the CBCA NSW Facebook page or CBCA NSW website. I am very excited to be one of the guest...

Let’s get cultural

All of our cultural institutions may be closed during the coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean we are cut off from them. Many art galleries, libraries, museums, theatres and other cultural institutions are open 24/7 online offering virtual gallery tours,...

Staying connected

Whether you're in lockdown, self-isolating or maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, it's important to not only keep in touch with family and friends, but to continue work, education and other activities where possible. We have so much...

Another brilliant Tamworth Country Music Festival

Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2020. So many great performers and venues to choose from, most of them free. For four wonderful days, my husband and I immersed ourselves in the music and put to the back of our minds level 5 water...

New look website

Introducing my new website - same url with a new look. The old website was created using Adobe Business Catalyst, which as you may know, is being phased out. I couldn't be happier with my new Wordpress creation. Thank you Sarah at James Creative & Co for a...

Smashwords annual eBook sale

The annual Smashwords eBook sale is on for eight days only from 25 December to January 1, 2020. There are some great bargains, including my award-winning novel, Flying through Clouds, which is half-price. Happy reading, and have a wonderful 2020!  

100th Anniversary of first commercial flight above Sydney

It's 100 years since aviator, Nigel Love, flew movie photographer, Billy Marshall, on the first commercial flight over Sydney. [Nigel Love in the cockpit of a Curtiss Jenny biplane / Milton C. Kent, National Library of Australia, 4922163] To commemorate this...

Two of a kind – short play about racial tensions and stereotyping

Chuffed to get such positive feedback from the Head of English at Grace Christian School in Bunbury about my short play, TWO OF A KIND, which was read and discussed recently in class by Year 10 students. They found TWO OF A KIND to be a 'fantastic text' to compare...

Storytellers Festival at KXT 2019

So excited that excerpts from my new play, Karma, will be performed as part of the Storytellers Festival at Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney, which runs from 27 August to 7 September 2019.  You can catch performances of Karma on Thursday 29 August and 5 September at...

Postcard from Sydney Writers Festival 2019

Another brilliant Sydney Writers Festival has wrapped up. I thought it couldn't get any better than previous years, but it did. I took a different approach to selecting sessions to attend this year. As a writer, I've previously chosen sessions that related to my...

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year! The city was buzzing with dozens of buskers along the main street, and over 70 venues with free entertainment during the 10-day festival. I managed to see at least six performances each day in marquees,...

Islands to glaciers

I recently had the privilege of spending five amazing weeks in Hawaii, Canada and Alaska where I trekked through rainforests, snorkelled coral reefs, kayaked on rivers and mountain lakes, watched whales breaching, dolphins spinning and brown bears catching salmon. It...

Spotlight On @WritingNSW

It was a privilege and a pleasure to be interviewed by Writing NSW for Spotlight On, a monthly feature article on a member of the Writing NSW community: https://writingnsw.org.au/michelle-morgan/ Thank you Writing NSW for the brilliant job you do supporting...

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook on sale @Smashwords

To celebrate winning the SCBWI Spark Award and as a thank-you to readers, Flying through Clouds is 50% off on Smashwords from July 1 to July 31: Buy FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook on Smashwords  The 50% discount will be applied automatically by adding the book to your...

Spark Award for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Flying through Clouds looking dapper wearing its new gold Spark Award: The Spark Award is awarded annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and recognises excellence in children's books that are published independently. Flying...

Autumn Revel: a celebration of the Arts in Canberra

AUTUMN REVEL is a free festival of the Arts to be held this Saturday 19 May 11am to 4pm at the Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra. There will be live music, dance, open studios, art exhibitions, book and craft stalls, kids’ activities and workshops, local food, wine and...

Happy 1st birthday FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

I can't believe it's a year since this baby was launched! It has been a hectic twelve months with a book tour, blog tour, interviews, articles and reviews. To be the winner of the Spark Award (Older Readers) 2017 is the icing on the cake. Happy 1st birthday FLYING...

Author talk video at Berkelouw Book Barn

I recently had the privilege of taking part in the Author Talks video project of the Tom Keneally Centre and Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library. While enjoying the peaceful ambience at Berkelouw Book Barn Bookshop & Café, I chatted about my...

More reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

It's exciting to discover new reviews of Flying through Clouds. Here are some quotes from recent reviews: “Flying through Clouds is a compelling mix of humour and drama, with a resilient and likeable protagonist. This book is full of many interesting writing prompts...

Author Talks & Writing Workshops

In between writing projects, I'm available for Author Talks and Writing Workshops. Author Talks - Writing historical fiction for teens – inspiration, research and writing process - accompanied by Powerpoint presentation of historical photos and one or two readings....

Flying through Clouds eBook free for 8 days

Flying through Clouds eBook will be free on Smashwords for eight days from 25 December 2017 to 1 January 2018. You'll be able to download the entire eBook in ePub or mobi (kindle) free of charge during this period. Happy reading!

Book ideas for Christmas

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon make great gifts for teen readers and for the young at heart. Buy them online or from your favourite bookshop. You can also order them on my website. Enjoy!

Writing up a storm in Ubud

I recently spent eight fabulous days in Ubud, Bali, immersed in playwriting, listening to other authors and experiencing the rich local culture. I attended a five-day intensive Playwrights' Retreat with talented and multi-award winning playwrights, Tanika Gupta and...

SCBWI Bookstop 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2017

Explore new books for kids and teens in the SCBWI Bookstop promotion from 16 Oct to 30 Nov 2017. You can browse hundreds of books published in 2017 by traditional and independent publishers from all over the world, with links to buy online. This is the Bookstop link...

Amazon Giveaway of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

The Amazon Giveaway for Flying through Clouds has finished with 697 entrants to win copies of my new novel. Congratulations to the eight US winners, your copies of Flying through Clouds are in the mail. Many thanks to all the entrants, and good luck with future...

Flying through Clouds Giveaway on Amazon

To celebrate the release of Flying through Clouds on Amazon in July, I'm having an Amazon Giveaway for US readers only. If you live in the US and would like to enter the Giveaway for a chance to win one of eight copies of Flying through Clouds, please click...

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is on its way to Goodreads Giveaway winners

The Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS has finished with 164 entrants to win signed copies of my latest novel. Congratulations to the eight Australian winners, your signed copies of Flying through Clouds are in the mail. Many thanks to all the entrants,...

Help support Indigenous Literacy

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day and support Indigenous literacy in Australia, I'll be donating 50% of my website and event sales of Flying through Clouds from 6 to 14 September to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. At 12 noon today, as part of Australian Reading...

Upcoming literary events

On Thursday 24 August as part of Children's Book Week 2017, I'll be presenting to Year 5 and 6 students at St Paul's Primary School, Moss Vale: How history inspired me to write my latest novel, Flying through Clouds. On Wednesday 6 September at 12 noon, as part of...

Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

To celebrate CBCA Children’s Book Week 2017, there will be a Goodreads Book Giveaway of my new vintage YA novel, FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS. Goodreads Book Giveaway Flying Through Clouds by Michelle Morgan Giveaway ends September 04, 2017. See the giveaway details at...

CBCA ISC Children’s Literary Lunch 2017

It was another fun Children's Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong last Wednesday. This annual  event is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast Sub-branch.  I joined 15 other authors and illustrators, and an audience...

Literary events at Woollahra & Gordon Libraries

Enjoyed chatting about my indie publishing journey with SCBWI authors & illustrators yesterday at Woollahra Library: I also joined other HNSA authors on Wednesday evening at Gordon Library to discuss our latest Australian histfic novels:

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook available in more formats

You can now read and download Flying through Clouds eBook in more formats and from a range of online suppliers: Amazon Kindle iTunes Kobo Nook (Barnes & Noble) Smashwords  Try a free sample before you buy!  

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is now on Amazon

For book lovers living outside Australia, Flying through Clouds is now available in paperback on Amazon or can be ordered online from other international suppliers such as Book Depository. In Australia, Flying through Clouds can be...

Literary events in July

I'm excited about these literary events in July: Wednesday 26 July Gordon Library (Sydney) 6 to 8pm - Wings into History: how the past inspires historical fiction – Four authors talk about their works and shared themes (Historical Novel Society of Australasia event)...

Reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

I'm very pleased with the reviews of Flying through Clouds that have been published so far. I got off to an excellent start when Jackie French read a review copy and loved it, then she allowed me to include her quote on the cover and inside the book....

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS Literary Events on the North Coast

Following the Gold Coast launch of Flying through Clouds, I headed south to Lismore Library for a YA Writing Workshop. Lismore was still recovering from a devastating flood but the Library was open for business. It's hard to believe that only a few weeks earlier there...

Queensland Launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS was launched in Queensland at Dymocks Brisbane on 24 April and at Broadbeach Library on 26 April. Both launches included author talks and readings, with lots of questions from enthusiastic audiences.

Launch of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS In the Hunter and New England

I've had a wonderful time this week chatting to enthusiastic readers at book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS at Muswellbrook and Quirindi Libraries, and at Reader's Companion Bookshop in Armidale. It was such a pleasure to talk about my new novel and to discuss...

Writing Workshops and YA Book Club

Another busy week of the Flying through Clouds Book Tour with events at Better Read than Dead Bookshop in Newtown (Sydney) and Shoalhaven Libraries on the beautiful South Coast. I was the guest author at the YA Book Club at Better Read than Dead and enjoyed...

Book Launches for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

It's been an amazing week with book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS in Bowral (Southern Highlands), Canberra and at Gerringong (South Coast).   It was heart-warming to be surrounded by family and friends at the Bowral launch of Flying through Clouds at Bowral Art...

Author Visit to Telopea Park School

I had the pleasure of talking to Year 9 students at Telopea Park School in Canberra this morning about my new historical novel for young adults, Flying through Clouds. They were a great audience and asked such interesting questions. I interspersed historical...

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook is now live

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle! To celebrate the launch of the FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook, it will be discounted on Amazon Kindle by more than 40% for ONE WEEK ONLY, from 3 to 10 APRIL 2017. Only a few more hours...

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