Mini Meeting – Mystery, Mayhem & Magic

The Ten Penners mini meeting May17What a wonderful Ten Penners meeting we had at my place this morning! We are all excited about how our book is coming along. Even had a glimpse of the possible cover picture.
Now, I can’t wait for our regular meeting next week to see everyone again and see what’s progressed. Marion ūüėÄ
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The Ten Penners exciting news…


fantastical-tales-amazon-proof-sept16Exciting news! Kate has worked her magic and we have a proof of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales to be approved ready for release in the Amazon universe.


Kate Russell ‚Äď Writer¬†

Look what came today! The proof for the new version of ‚ÄėFan-tas-tic-al Tales‚Äô to be released on Amazon and as a Kindle e-book (once the other members of The Ten Penners have approved it!)

Here is Marion reading ‘The Tree of Trolls’ by Lorraine Blomberg to the students who attended at Broadbeach State School on the 22nd August.

And here I am doing my little talk at Broadbeach State School. It was a great day!

The Ten Penners Colouring Comp Finalists…

Fan-tas-tic-al Tales coverThe Ten Penners Colouring competition finalists…

At Broadbeach State School, on the 22nd August. We had a huge response to the PETAL colouring competition! These are the finalists. Go into this PDF: petal-comp-finalists-bb-state-school

The winners announced. Their copies of Fan-Tas-tic-al Tales awarded at the school assembly on the 15th September.

Wonderful entries and well deserving winners!The Ten Penners Aug16

This is Kate Russell on the 22nd August. Her little talk to the children on the day.

Go to the YouTube link¬†–¬†

Broadbeach Ind Primary School visit…

The Ten Penners Aug16Today we did our final preparations for the Ten Penners visit to Broadbeach Independent Primary School visit tomorrow.

We’ll be there early to start Book Week for the students in Grades 4 and 5.

With a fined tuned Power Point presentation. We should wow our young audience!

Again there will be a colouring comp for the kids to win two copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.


The Ten Penners Meeting today …

kate me louise marionToday is the July meeting of The Ten Penners and it promises to be a busy meeting.

We are planning another school visit. In August and we are going to:

Broadbeach State School is an independent public school for the beginning of Book Week.

As a sub group of Gold Coast Writers we are going to be attending both the next monthly meeting at Fradgley Hall in Burleigh on the 16th July, and the GCW Literary Luncheon on the 23rd July.

Looking back at past GCW Festivals we’ve had a great time while continuing to learn our writing craft.

Motivation to write for children …

On Mothers Day, I was able to share a lovely time with my112.JPG son and his partner, and enjoy being with our grand daughters. They are a true delight.

Being a Grand mother is true motivation to write stories for children.

During Grandparent’s Day at St Joseph’s we were treated to spending time with both girls in their classrooms. Then visiting the Library for Book Week.

I collected the money for three copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales sold after our Ten Penners visit. Looking forward to our next school presentation in August.



What adventure stories would the kids read?

What adventure stories would the kids read?

That’s what we asked the children at St Joseph’s Primary school during our recent visit.

These are some of the ideas they suggested –

Dragons                                Haunted house                Gigantic Butterflys             Pirates

Treasure – stacks goodies

Circa 1715, Captain Edward Teach (1680 – 1718), better known as Blackbeard, a pirate who plundered the coasts of the West Indies, North Carolina and Virginia. His hair is woven with flaming fuses to increase his fearsome appearance. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

butterfly             Dimensions

Big is small and Small is big

Alternative Universe

Time Travel

Vampires              Dream that lasts forever

Mermaids                 Dinosaurs                         Horses

Shopping in a big shop

flying on a unicorn                a big library/bookstore

Now we just need to write the stories.

They seemed to like the idea of ‘Redbeard the Pirate’ my follow up to ‘The Night Witch’ so we have a start for our next compilation book.


Drum roll please…

The Winners of the PETAL colouring competition at St Joseph’s Primary School are –
IMG_2185 (Small)2O + 2B –¬†¬†Georgina Howarth – 2B
2W + 2G –¬†Destiny Chifadza – 2WIMG_2180 (Small)¬†
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3B + 3O –¬†Lory Powell¬†¬†¬†– 3O
3W + 3G –¬†Ava Conroy¬†¬†¬†¬†– 3W
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Congratulations to you all!
Enjoy reading your own copy of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales!

PETAL colouring competition…

Today is this months Ten Penners meeting. We will be judging the finalists of the PETAL colIMG_2172 (Small)ouring competition we delivered to the children we spoke to at St Joseph’s school recently. The entrants are Fan-tas-tic-al!! The winners will receive a copy of our book.

We will also be discussing ideas for our next book based on adventures. The children at SIMG_2186 (Small)t Joseph’s gave us come thought provoking ideas for stories.

We hope that we’ll have a new mix of great stories ready for the world later this year!




The Ten Penners in school newsletter

The Ten Penners are in St Joseph’s School Newsletter

Ten Penners at St Josephs 1Gold Coast Writers‚Äô Group The Ten Penners visits St Joseph‚Äôs ‚Äď

The students of Years 2 and 3 enjoyed a chat with some of our talented local authors on Monday. Jill Smith, Grandmother of Maria Smith in 2 White, joined with two of ‚ÄėThe Ten Penners‚Äô ‚Äď Marion Martineer and Kate Russell, to share with the children their tips and ideas for writing stories. They enjoyed some of the stories fromFan-tas-tic-al Tales cover their recent book ‚Äď Fan-tas-tic-al Tales and have entered a Colouring Competition in the hope they will win one of the 4 copies of the book. All entries must be in by this Friday 26th February.

Following all this excitement, I can see the 2 copies we have in the library becoming very popular! Before they left on Monday, the visitors left 6 copies of the book for any children who ‚Äėabsolutely, desperately‚Äô wanted their own copy ‚Äď the special price for the children is $10. Please send any money in a clearly marked envelope to the library and I will look after the order.

Mrs Beatrice Smith, Teacher Librarian


Counting down the days…

ten penners christmas bbq 2The count down has begun. Today is one week away from The Ten Penners visit to St Josephs Catholic Primary school.Fan-tas-tic-al Tales cover

We three, of the eight ladies, part of the group that co-wrote Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. Called The Ten Penners, (are you doing your sums?) We are looking forward to speaking about our experiences. Reading from, and speaking about how we wrote Fan-tas-tic-al Tales. The various grades and ages will have stories read from our book by the school Librarian.