Tamworth Country Music Festival

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year! The city was buzzing with dozens of buskers along the main street, and over 70 venues with free entertainment during the 10-day festival. I managed to see at least six performances each day in marquees, pubs, the Town Hall, Regional Gallery & Library, the Services Club and Bicentennial Park, and on my last night I bought a ticket to the McClymonts concert at the Entertainment Centre, which was sensational. I was amazed at how different all of the acts were, with a variety of country music styles on offer. There were some particularly good fiddle and banjo players, which I surprised myself by really enjoying.

The city centre had a great vibe with music everywhere, market stalls in a pedestrian friendly section of Peel Street, and lots of cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants catering for all tastes. It was relatively easy to escape the heat and plenty of shops and stalls where you could buy an amazing array of hats. I loved the festival so much, I'm planning to go again next year. 

While I was in Tamworth I donated a copy of my latest novel, Flying through Clouds, to the Tamworth City Library. I was pleased to find there were already copies at two of their branch libraries, as well as two copies of my first novel, Racing the Moon.

Only eleven months to the next Tamworth Country Music Festival!

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Spotlight On @WritingNSW

Michelle Morgan - Monday, July 30, 2018

It was a privilege and a pleasure to be interviewed by Writing NSW for Spotlight On, a monthly feature article on a member of the Writing NSW community:

Thank you Writing NSW for the brilliant job you do supporting writers!

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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook on sale @Smashwords

Michelle Morgan - Friday, June 29, 2018

To celebrate winning the SCBWI Spark Award and as a thank-you to readers, Flying through Clouds is 50% off on Smashwords from July 1 to July 31:

Buy FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook on Smashwords 

The 50% discount will be applied automatically by adding the book to your cart. 


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Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flying through Clouds looking dapper wearing its new gold Spark Award: 

The Spark Award is awarded annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and recognises excellence in children's books that are published independently. Flying through Clouds has won the 2017 Spark Award in the Older Readers category. 

Thank you SCBWI !

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Autumn Revel: a celebration of the Arts in Canberra

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, May 17, 2018

AUTUMN REVEL is a free festival of the Arts to be held this Saturday 19 May 11am to 4pm at the Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra.

There will be live music, dance, open studios, art exhibitions, book and craft stalls, kids’ activities and workshops, local food, wine and beer.

I'll be one of the authors selling books at the tables in the courtyard closest to the ACT Writers Centre.

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon will be available at the discounted price of $10 each.

And free Flying through Clouds bookmarks and Racing the Moon balloons!

Hope to see you there!

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Author talk video at Berkelouw Book Barn

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I recently had the privilege of taking part in the Author Talks video project of the Tom Keneally Centre and Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library. While enjoying the peaceful ambience at Berkelouw Book Barn Bookshop & Café, I chatted about my novels for a five minute video that is now available on YouTube:


SMSA short videos for more than 50 Australian authors can now be viewed on YouTube.

Many thanks to the SMSA Library and the Tom Keneally Centre for this wonderful opportunity!

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Michelle Morgan - Thursday, March 08, 2018

It's exciting to discover new reviews of Flying through Clouds. Here are some quotes from recent reviews:

“Flying through Clouds is a compelling mix of humour and drama, with a resilient and likeable protagonist. This book is full of many interesting writing prompts and would be an asset for wide reading. It could be a useful text for cross- curricular study too.”  (mETAphor, Issue 1, 2018)

“This story is so well written and easy to follow, I would recommend this to fans of YA and is suitable for readers 12 years and up… A book that brought me happy tears, this is one of my 2017 favourites.”  (Read3r’z Re-Vu, 1 November 2017)

“Michelle Morgan creates realistic scenes, which gives her readers a window into the 1930s, where tuberculosis was rampant, planes had propellers and a few hours in the air might allow you to get your pilot license.”  (Kids’ Book Review, 27 August 2017)



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Winner of the 2017 SCBWI Spark Award for Older Readers - Michelle Morgan for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

So excited to be the SCBWI Spark Award 2017 winner in the Older Readers category for Flying through Clouds.

The SCBWI Spark Award recognizes excellence in children’s books published through an independent or non-traditional route.


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Flying through Clouds eBook free for 8 days

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Flying through Clouds eBook will be free on Smashwords for eight days from 25 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.

You'll be able to download the entire eBook in ePub or mobi (kindle) free of charge during this period.

Happy reading! 

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Book ideas for Christmas

Michelle Morgan - Monday, December 18, 2017

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon make great gifts for teen readers and for the young at heart.

Buy them online or from your favourite bookshop. You can also order them on my website.


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