Come to my book launch!

Tickets are now on sale for the ‘Hamlet is Not OK’ book launch! Come along – it’s going to be super fun. I will be reading from the book, telling stories, talking Shakespeare, possibly singing songs, hopefully blasting confetti and definitely signing books after the show.

It’s at the Australian Theatre for Young People’s new venue The Rebel Theatre in Sydney by the harbour. I’m so excited that I get to perform on their stage.

Tickets are available at

My recent events have all sold out quickly, so if you want to come – snap up your tickets!

Cover Reveal!

My next book ‘Hamlet is Not OK’ comes out in July. Thank you @jesscruicky for designing such a beautiful cover.

‘Hamlet is Not OK’ is the story of a 16-year-old girl who gets busted for not doing her homework (yes, this bit may be a little autobiographical). When her tutor makes her read Hamlet out loud – they are sucked into the play. She meets Hamlet, realises he is totally messed-up and tries to help him solve his problems. And she has some really strange solutions.

I’m super proud of this book. It was my covid project. During lockdown, I had so much fun immersing myself in Shakespeare’s world. I’ve tried to write a novel that makes all that beautiful language accessible to a younger audience while exploring the heavy duty issues in the play, that are still so relevant to teenagers today.

I’m going to do a launch show for ‘Hamlet is Not OK’ at the Rebel Theatre in Sydney. Tickets will go on next week. Please do come along if you can.

Come to the launch for Friday Barnes 11!

If you’re in Melbourne come along to my book launch for ‘FRIDAY BARNES 11, LAST CHANCE’. I will performing in the beautiful Theatrette at the State Library of Victoria, where I be reading a whole chapter from the book and telling stories about how I came up with the ideas. And you’ll be able to buy a book and get it signed after the show (five days before it goes on sale in regular bookshops). Tickets are available through

Book “Week” 2023 Tour Dates

Here are my tour dates for 2023. I know it seems crazy to be organising next year’s Book “Week” already, but days are already being snapped up, so if you’re interested in having me visit your school contact my speakers agency in your state. Here are links to their websites…

Sydney and Melbourne



PS. I am happy to travel anywhere within a 1 hour drive of each capital city.

‘Shockingly Good Stories’ is now available!

The most commonly asked question I get is ‘Where can I buy your book?’ The answer is complicated and depends on where you live. But here is the answer in as simple a form as I can give…

1. If you live in Australia you can buy it from your local bookstore. If they don’t have it on the shelf, they can order it in for you.

2. If you live in any other country then you can order a copy from Book Depository. There is a banner in the top right corner of this page that will take you there. They have all my titles and free international shipping.

3. If you would like a signed copy, my local bookstore The Bookshop Bowral can send you one. Here’s their email address