It’s finally here! The first of our AFL series, co-written with Adrian Beck, published by Hardie Grant Egmont. It’s available in all the best bookshops, and has already garnered some lovely reviews.

Check out Lamont’s review here:

You can get your copy here:

New slots open in January

Due to a scheduling rearrangement, I have TWO new slots open for manuscript assessments or editorial consultation – for example, a structural or developmental edit. (Note: I don’t do copy edits.)

Message or ping me on Twitter @nichmelbourne

or on Facebook: Nicole Hayes (author)

So I can get a sense of what you’re after, or how I can help.

Now. Here’s a message from Brody:

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YABBA Awards!

Always great fun to hang with other writers and illustrators AND ALL THOSE KIDS! The YABBA folk do amazing work connecting us with our lovely readers, not to mention a fun afternoon. Huge thanks to Camberwell Girls Grammar School for hosting us.

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Hanging with Michael Wagner at the signing tables.

Well, that was fun!

So I turn my back for a few minutes and what happens? Some random bot slides in and turns my website into an illegal pharmacy.

Not cool, Random Bot. Not cool.

Anyway, hopefully this post will find you well and less confused, and you’ll return to my site again with more confidence that it will actually BE my site.

The latest news in my world is that I’m nearing the end of this draft of my latest YA novel, and am cramming as much footy into my small, overwrought brain as it can handle.

In other words, the usual.

I’ve been writing some non-fiction for adults lately, including this piece for The Saturday Paper, and an essay in a new anthology published by Pan MacMillan, called #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement.

Here’s one I prepared earlier:

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I’ll also be attending the launch at Readings, Carlton on May 7. You should come too.

I have a bunch of workshops looming —

There’s this – “Show Don’t Tell” workshop at Caroline Springs Library, May 18 from 12 noon to 3pm.

This – Australian Writers Centre Creative Writing Weekend Workshop

And this…

But before all these, I’ll be appearing at the Clunes Booktown Festival for the first time, talking YA, footy and girls with a bunch of people I deeply admire. More info here:

Other than that, I’ve got a new gig teaching Sports Media, which is both challenging and exciting, but also taking up much time, so hopefully I’ll be able to get back here more often to check in.

But in the meantime, shoot me a DM or tweet me: @nichmelbourne or say hi at Facebook: Nicole Hayes (author). Occasionally you might find me on Insta too.

Hope all is well with you, and talk soon.

N xx