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My very first attempt at writing was a 77-page text (with hand-drawn illustrations) full of plagiarism and BIG ideas (as is evidenced by the title).
My book was all one-finger typed on an ancient typewriter that was, for some reason, in our home; with carbon-paper wedged between sheets (one copy for myself and one for "skipper" (my scouting 'writer's' badge).
Yes, I got the badge (after months of labour).

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My next lot of  writing very much reflected the forces influencing my teenage attitudes in a Catholic, lower-middle-class family in Geelong.


Letters to the Editor (Geelong Advertiser) became a public form of expression for me with:

  • comments reflecting my initial interest in politics (very much in line with the Democratic Labour Party policy). 

  • opinion pieces on the plight of Aborigines penned following a visit to central Australia. This lead to an invitation for me to go with a group of seminarians to a mission station in Lese (gulf area of New Guinea).


Throughout my teaching career I have fortunately had ample opportunities to play with creative writing in its many forms.

Also,  I experimented with poetry as a means of self-expression ~ on love, being loved and being hurt....

During the eighties, while involved with Geelong Dive and Outdoor Centre, I published the club monthly newsletter. This allowed me to experiment, albeit tentatively, with the integration of photography, prose and self-publishing.

My creative writing only formalised in my mid-forties while as a teacher at Grovedale primary school where I explored the concept of strategy gaming as a technique for developing pupils' problem-solving skills. So confident of my creation was I that I directly approached the editor of Longman Cheshire. In 1986 they published the "Play the Game" series.

When one of my editors moved to Macmillan, she requested that I produce another series of strategy-gaming books for teachers.

In 1990 the "Game-Play Program"  was published.

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Toward the end of the eighties things were getting pretty hectic.

I was asked to produce a new series of problem-solving texts for teachers across the primary-school division. I knew I needed to seek help from others more qualified at given grade levels: Glennis Harrison and Heather Rankin-Eagles.

The Mind Stretcher series was published over the 1989 - 1992 period.

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I was becoming increasingly confident about my writing and increasingly enjoyed the challenge of creating new problem-solving activities. Wanting to try something different, and again with Heather, I wrote a teacher's book based around the ABC TV program, "Behind the News".

In 1990 "News Views" was published; again by Longman Cheshire.


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1990 saw me branching out yet again; this time in the area of enhancing pupils' word mastery skills.

Longman Cheshire Pty. Ltd. published "Word Stretchers" - a compilation of blackline vocabulary-development masters.

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It was inevitable that I should work at compiling a single strategy-gaming resource book.

"Tactix" (188 pages) was published by the newly-formed Addison Wesley Longman  Australia Pty. Ltd.

1997 was a mammoth challenge seeing the publication of what I was to regard as my most ambitious book, "366 Maths Plus Ideas"

(188 pages) by the newly formed Addison Wesley Longman  Australia Pty. Ltd.

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2002 saw the publication of the "Blast-Off" series (Books A-D) by yet another newly-formed publisher: Pearson Education Australia.

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International Publications

Little did I initially think that some of my books

would be republished in varied formats overseas...





Pitambar Pub. 1992

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Orient Longman 1999

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Longman Cheshire
(Down Under Books) 1992

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LDA 1991

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Let's Game!
Blast Off (Books A-D)
Play the Game (Books 1-4)
Mind Stretchers 1-3
366 Maths+ Ideas

And, now ~

       for my Self-Publishing phase...

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