15 November 2017
Great news! I’ve just been awarded a Fellowship to spend two weeks at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in WA next March to develop Leaving into a full length play.
Hoping the change of scenery brings inspiration for fourteen productive days to my cabin in the woods.
Looking forward to meeting the other Fellows and to being part of such a wonderful creative community.
10 November 2017
Surprised, elated and grateful to have been named Winner of the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and the CBCA Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program 2017!
Here I am accepting the award last night in Sydney, from James Kellow, HarperCollins CEO (AUS & NZ).
I’m looking forward to getting started with HarperCollins and my mentor next year.
28 October 2017
A big thank you to Hawker Primary School!
They invited me to read The Trouble in Tune Town yesterday to nearly sixty super well behaved, very clear and all around lovely Year 2 students.
A fun and fantastic first author reading, and I can’t wait to do more!
A big thank you to LJ Hooker Canberra City and property manager extraordinaire, Susie Weaver, for supporting my work.
So happy to see The Trouble in Tune Town bringing a smile to people’s faces. Thanks Susie and LJ Hooker Canberra City for supporting local artists!
31 August 2017
The Trouble in Tune Town, my first children’s picture book, is now available!
Free e-book with purchase of the hardback edition!
The e-book will be sent to the email address used for your book order.
Read more about The Trouble in Tune Town over here.
20 March 2017
Congratulations to the entire Tapping Out team!
The play was awarded Third Place, Best Production at the Short+Sweet Theatre Gala Finals in Sydney on 18 March.
A great outcome, given over 750 scripts were considered for the competition.
Director Cecile Payet was awarded the Best Director gong – a fantastic achievement and well deserved.
8 February 2017
I was thrilled to be in the audience when Tapping Out was awarded Judges’ Choice at Short+Sweet in Sydney on 5 February.
A huge thank you to the visionary director, Cecile Payet, choreographer Genevieve Morris and the amazing cast for their inspired performances.
Fingers crossed for the Gala Finals, 16-18 March!
1 November 2016
So close, yet so far! I was pleased to see Freefalling (under its original title, True North) be named Runner Up for the NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship, a lovely recognition by industry judges amidst some very stiff competition.
The prize includes a book pack and the opportunity to submit my manuscript to publisher, Meredith Curnow.
A wonderful testimonial for my YA manuscript, Freefalling from Samantha Tidy, award-winning author of The Happiness Jar (Storytorch press, 2013):
On first reading, Freefalling struck me as being a rare gem of a story.
Maura brings insight into the challenges that teenagers face and a rare humour that young people respond to in text.
Her story is strong and well-crafted; her voice unwavering and relevant.
23 October 2016
What a confidence boost!
In October 2016 I received the MPS Travel+Tours Performers’ Award, Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO), to write a series of dramatic monologues this year on the theme of mental illness.
The monologues aim to increase public awareness of mental health issues, with a view to reducing stigma.
Here I am accepting my award.
8 September 2016
‘Tapping Out’ wins SOLO Monologue Competition!
Very excited that the original (monologue) version of Tapping Out won the SOLO Monologue Competition in the published category.
The competition, an initiative of HotHouse Theatre, La Trobe University and Write Around the Murray, was held at the Butter Factory Theatre in Wodonga.
Read More on Hot House Theatre
2 August 2016
Some lovely words from the multi-talented Terry J Cassells, lead performer in Tapping Out, Brisbane Powerhouse, 20-23 July 2016.
As a performer you are always searching for a theatre piece that delves into your soul.
Maura captures the desperation of loss in Tapping Out and I felt honoured to be presenting her work.
8 January 2015
I was delighted to learn that the first-draft of my YA novel, Freefalling, has been shortlisted for Varuna’s highly competitive Publisher Introduction Program.
News like this is heartening and gives me the confidence to keep going with a story of love and loss, friendship and fitting in, and finding your place in the world.