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Parkes Elvis Festival 2022

Had a ball at our first Elvis Festival in Parkes! The outfits were amazing and everyone looked so happy to be there. Luke and I (performing as Studio8) had three gigs in two days. The highlight was performing eight Elvis hits on the Memphis Stage. Luke sang and played...

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2022 was a blast! So many amazing performers, so many venues to choose from. Luke (Johnson) was billed to play solo but talked me into joining him. We had five gigs over three days, with Luke singing and playing guitar, banjo and...

Luke Johnson & Studio8 upcoming gigs

Luke and I will be performing on Saturday 19 March at Gerringong Village Markets 9am -11am. Great atmosphere at these seaside markets, hope to see you there! In April, we are very excited to be performing at Tamworth Country Music Festival and Parkes Elvis Festival:...

Little Worlds is live

Luke Johnson's Little Worlds album is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Youtube Music, TikTok, Amazon Music and CD. The album comprises seven songs that we wrote together: Summer Storm, Falling, Little Worlds, Killing Time, Listen, Gift of Life &...

Berrima Vault House – our first gig for 2022

Luke and I played to a full Covid-safe house at the amazing Berrima Vault House last night.             Luke sang and played guitar, banjo and ukulele and I played keyboard. We performed all our original songs from the Goodbye Frankie...

Recording Little Worlds album

Luke and I kept busy during the lockdown by refining and recording some of the songs that we co-wrote for his new album, Little Worlds. The songs include: Summer Storm, Falling, Little Worlds, Killing Time, Listen, Gift of Life and Winds of Change, and can best be...

Wings over Illawarra 2021

The air show at Wings over Illawarra on the weekend was spectacular. From fighter jets to vintage biplanes, the manoeuvres and aerobatics were hair-raising. Dozens of aircraft were on display, including a Qantas 747, McDonnell Douglas Hornet, Catalina, DC4, Tiger Moth...

Australian Reading Hour 2021

Australian Reading Hour on Tuesday 14 September is an annual celebration of reading, literacy and books, and I'm proud to be an Australia Reads Ambassador for 2021. There are many free events for children and teens to get involved in: Watch online and read along to...

Our Outback Adventure

We're back home after our outback adventure and getting used to living in a house again. It's amazing how we happily lived in a pop-up camper with basic cooking and sleeping facilities for ten weeks. We set out from the Southern Highlands in early May and headed north...

Album review of Goodbye Frankie in Tamworth Country Music Capital News

Luke and I are chuffed with the album review of Goodbye Frankie in the July / August 2021 issue of Tamworth Country Music Capital News. Jon Wolfe acknowledges Luke’s prowess on the guitar, banjo and ukulele, and his gentleness in delivery. Jon describes our songs as...

Luke Johnson at the Taphouse Moss Vale during April 2021

Luke will be performing at the Taphouse (Southern Highlands Brewing) in Moss Vale every Thursday and Sunday in April: Thursdays 5.30pm to 8.30pm Sundays 3.00pm to 6.00pm Not only will Luke be performing original songs from his new album GOODBYE FRANKIE, he will also...

Luke Johnson’s Goodbye Frankie Album now available

Luke Johnson's Goodbye Frankie Album is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Youtube Music and Amazon Music. Songs include: Goodbye Frankie / Blue Sky / Heart of Australia / Believing / Like the First Time  / Shot in the Night / Too Late for Love  ...

Luke Johnson’s upcoming gigs

Luke Johnson, singer-songwriter guitarist, will be performing in February and March 2021 at the following venues: Saturday February 6 Exeter Village Market 9.30am to 12 noon, and Hendriks Cognac & Wine in Mittagong from 4pm to 8pm Sunday 14 February Sutton Forest...

Preview of the Goodbye Frankie album

For a sneak preview of Luke Johnson's Goodbye Frankie album on Spotify, click on the following link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/lukejohnson1/goodbye-frankie Enjoy!    

Goodbye Frankie album cover reveal

Very excited to reveal the album cover for Goodbye Frankie. The songs on the album are all performed by my husband, Luke Johnson. Luke and I co-wrote the songs, which were recorded, mixed and mastered in the Southern Highlands in 2020. In most of the songs, Luke plays...

Luke Johnson – singer songwriter guitarist

Over the years I have co-written many songs with my husband, Luke Johnson. A talented singer songwriter guitarist, Luke is in the process of recording an album with seven of our songs. As well as playing acoustic guitar on the album, Luke also plays banjo and ukulele...

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 JamesMarko for a brilliant job and...

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,...

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