One of our very own is launching her new Children’s Book Ebook on Amazon today! This children's picture book (for ages 5-8, and for parents with younger children) is teaching children about kindness and healthy habits during challenging times. Also available as a paperback for cozy reads at home. Head on over to www.wilbertthewombat.com/links to shop the book launch on Amazon now - only $3.99 AUD for the next 24 hours!
We will publish your favourites in December
New York, Fall 301 Park Avenue
Waldorf Astoria NY 10022
10th September 2001
Wow !!! I can't believe we are finally here in New York - it's Amazing, so vibrant, busy and alive, it really is the city that doesn't sleep ! We are loving every minute :-)
It's been Wonderful to see John and Stella and the kids again, their new home in Connecticut is beautiful and so big! - very New England. Sam is having so much fun playing with their kids. We've told John and Stella about "Bump" as I've been a bit nauseous, so it makes things easier if they know, needless to say they are thrilled for us.
John has become just like a real New Yorker, and yesterday he took us for a Fabulous day around the city, we rode the carousel in Central Park; ate hot dogs from a street vendor on 5th Avenue; saw the Rockefeller Centre and the Trump Tower (owned by Donald Trump, he really has ideas above his station) and Times Square, but the highlight was a trip to the top of the Empire State Building (we bought Sam a Dinkie car of a NY yellow taxi cab there, and he hasn't put it down since) the view was breathtaking, taking in the whole city right out to the Statue of Liberty.
We'll be seeing another great view when we visit John's new office early tomorrow morning, it's on the 99th floor of one of the Twin Towers ! We can't wait - I'll take loads of photos to show you.
The weather's been beautiful, clear blue skies with a hint of Autumn in the air, or "Fall" as the locals call it. The hotel was such a lovely surprise that Tim had arranged, a real treat, full of character and that old world charm that I love.
We miss you and can't wait to see you when we get back to Sydney, we're looking forward to our next stop in Florida ... Disney here we come !
Lots of Love from All of us,
Chloe, Tim, Sam and Bump XXXX
p.s. When we get back we must set you up with email xoxox
She was inspired to ‘rediscover her creative side' after reading stories from challenge 1. I'm sure you'll love her poignant letter from New York. It's dated September 10, 2001!
Claire was reading entries from challenge 1 so she could vote for her favourite.
We'd love you to vote too by scrolling down this page and clicking the VOTE button. We'll publish your favourite entries in a booklet in December.
Voting for Challenge 2 entries starts on September 13! So don't delay Vote today!
Catherine Wilson, STONE Real Estate (Mona Vale and North Narrabeen) is funding the publication of our book of your stories and poems. Watch out for Jane Cameron's post about how you can join in.
Julie has taught and written materials for students and teachers in U.K Australia, Canada USA.
Her leadership roles include Head of Education at the Australian Museum, Manager, Academic Learning Centre, International College of Management Sydney and General Manager of the Peer Support Foundation.
She founded Leading and Learning which developed projects for charities, businesses, and schools. She loves reading, writing, singing, art bushwalking and travel.
Her novel Nowt But Drippin’ was published in 2019. She is working on 'Sisters' an anthology of short stories.
Vice President & Secretary
Since I am a third year politics student at the University of Sydney, I spend most of my free time writing essays … and not much else. However, being a part of Spill the Beans has reawakened my passion for writing.
My various leadership and teamwork experiences also ensure that l work well and efficiently with my fellow Spill the Beans team members.
Reading other people’s wonderful stories and seeing how each writer interprets our challenges in their own way never fails to bring me joy. I am always inspired by the creativity of our Beans team and challenge writers, and am excited for the year to come!
My working life led to such diverse experiences as teaching, teacher education, educational research and school administration in United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States.
I love to sketch, cycle, bush walk, cook and play bass guitar. Travel is my passion and I have visited over 30 countries.
My creative writing journey has only just begun, which why I joined ‘Spill the Beans”!
Originally from Scotland, but lives in the south of Spain, where she works as an English teacher and examiner. She has always been interested in words and languages and has an MA Hons degree in Spanish from Edinburgh University. Claire studied Spanish, Latin American and French literature, poetry, theatre and cinema.
She began writing poetry at school and won a Midlothian poetry competition, One of Claire's poems was featured on 'Lighten Up Online' and five of her poems were long-listed for the Erbacce Poetry Prize 2021.
She is a keen reader and writer and regularly takes poetry courses to learn more about the craft. Her inspiration comes from nature, her surroundings, travels and life experiences.
Find out more about Claire Thom's recently published collection of original Haiku "Ever Forward" It's beautifully illustrated by her dad watercolourist Colin Thom.
joins us from the island of Ischia.
‘I am an English teacher living in Italy.
I enjoy reading and have jumped headlong into the Beans writing group! I also adore painting and dabble whenever I
have some free time.
I’m married to an Italian and have lived on the island of Ischia, where we have a fishmonger’s, for more than 35 years. We have two children, Amanda 31 and William 26.
I’m an outdoor lover at heart and enjoy tennis and swimming, but my passions are looking after my petting zoo of strays and, my garden.
I like to think of myself as a good teacher and a good friend
to one and all.’
Jane will produce our first Spill the Beans publication. Remember you can be first in line to see your story in print by becoming a member!
Journalism has taken Jane to many parts of the world where she’s reported on everything from courts and crime to shipping news and Paris fashions. She’s edited magazines and suburban newspapers and spent several years on the foreign desk of a metropolitan newspaper.
She loves reading, writing, music and walking, though exploring different parts of the world and visiting her far-flung family, is high on the list.
We loved all of your Challenge entries, all but we need your help to choose which ones will go into our book of Challenges