I am an experienced public speaker and have presented to range of differing audiences including:

  • Community Groups
  • Donor Families
  • Library & Teaching Staff
  • Medical Professionals
  • School Students

My regular presentations include Author Talks* and Writing Workshops* along with education  and awareness for both Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation.

How (Not) to a Write a Picture Book for the Emerging Writers Festival 2020

Meet the Author Talks
This talk is suitable for Middle, Upper Primary and Secondary Students, and covers my writing journey, including why I choose to write both memoir and fiction about Cystic Fibrosis.

Pepsi the Problem Puppy
Pepsi the ‘Perfect’ Puppy – the real Pepsi Parsons Story
This presentation focuses on the real stories behind Pepsi the Problem Puppy and is suitable for Primary Students.
* Class Set of Pepsi the Problem Puppy is available for loan prior to this talk subject to availability.

Writing Workshops
From Life to Fiction
Explores ways students can take real events and use them in their creative writing.
Button Story
Students write their own story using a button as a visual guide along with guided prompts.

You can find more detailed information about my Author Talks and Writing Workshops here

Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation

Writing for Life Launch, 2018 for DonateLife

Despite the Odds
My diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis in the early 70s came with an expiration date – only a 50% chance that I would reach my teens. I have always viewed my expiration date as a challenge and defied all the odds to become a mother, to travel overseas, and to work in the career of my choice. At 38, I became overly familiar with the purgatory that is the transplant waitlist.
Eight years post-transplant, I can laugh without coughing, I’m an award-winning librarian, freelance writer and children’s author – not half bad for the little girl given a 50% chance of making it to her teens.

My Journey to Transplant
This talk is suitable for High Schools (aligns with the WA Curriculum, Year 11 Health, Ethics of Organ Donation), Community Groups & Medical Professionals.

The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses  & Cystic Fibrosis Education 
This talk focuses on Cystic Fibrosis, (aligns with the WA Curriculum under Respiratory System) and is best suited to students from year five upwards.

If you’re after a different sort of talk or workshop please use the contact page to enquire further.

* I charge Australian Society of Author rates for both Author Talks and Writing Workshops.


Past Events

6th July 2020 | CBCA 2020 Judges Talk | CBCA Queensland Branch
21st June 2020 | Emerging At Any Stage | Emerging Writers Festival

16th April 2020 | Let’s Talk About THAT Word Tacked on the End | Stories from Home with Centre for Stories
14th March 2020 | Not Every One Gets a Second Chance | Back Stories with Centre for Stories
12th February 2020 | Not Every One Gets a Second Chance |Sunset Sessions with Centre for Stories and Manning Library
9th November 2019 | Despite the Odds | Fusion Festival, Gosnells – Human Book as part of the Human Library
7th September 2019 | Despite the Odds | TedxPerth – Human Book as part of the Human Library
4th July 2019 |Not Every One Gets a Second Chance | Centre for Stories
7th July 2019 | My Journey to Transplant | Nirankari Centre for Oneness
31st July 2019 | Writing For Life, Prize Ceremony for 2018 Winners
21st October 2018 | Not Every One Gets a Second Chance | Australian Short Story Festival, Are You Sitting Comfortably?
August 2018 | Bookweek talks
30 July 2018 | Writing for Life 2018 Launch
28th June 2018 | Not Every One Gets a Second Chance | Bread and Butter, Centre for Stories
14th May 2018 | My Journey to Transplant – Curtain University Nursing Students
17th November 2017 | Books in Homes Role Model talk, Majella Catholic Primary School
8th November 2017 | Introduction to WAYRBA – Library and Information Focused Training PD
August 2017 | Bookweek Talks
19th November 2016 | Writing the Dream Launch
4th August 2016 | My Journey to Transplant – Fiona Stanley Hospital Staff
31st July 2016 | Disrupted Festival – Human Library
6th March 2016 | DonateLife Honour Ceremony
2013 – 2017 | My Journey to Transplant | Cystic Fibrosis Education  presentation to primary and secondary students & community groups