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Harlow's Pillow - A Bedtime Story

A bedtime story written by Rob Towner

What does Harlow dream about when her head hits the pillow at night? Does she dream of little baby fish, trying to snatch a bite?

And about those little fishies that are swimming in the sea, do they dream of what it would be like to live on land with you and me?

Does the land even know that we exist? Can it feel us in its hand? Do mountains that have stood forever miss their old dinosaur friends?

When these mountains fall and crumble, what noises do they make? Do they scream ‘Aaaaarrrrghhh help I’m falling!’ or do they simply laugh and shake?

And when the mountains which turns to boulders which turns to rocks which turns to sand, finally end up at the beach do they go surfing and get a tan?

Does the sand on the beach get ticklish when it squishes between our toes? Would it rather be living in a desert, where hardly anybody goes?

When a fire burns out its last little spark, does it actually say ‘Goodbye’? Does the smoke coming out of the chimney, become f…

Ribbon & Robin Adventures - Series I Worked on in 2016

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I spent a few months in 2016 writing a children's book adventure series called ribbon & robin.

ribbon is a little green bird and robin is a skunk.  they are best friends who do stuff. and that's pretty much all you need to know. i hope if you end up reading it one day that make makes you smile in your little belly.

They're all available on Amazon through the links below if you feel like checking them out.





My Visit to Carrington Public School

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I love getting to visit schools all around NSW to talk about how truly important reading and writing is. Today I got to visit Carrington Public School on behalf of the wonderful organisation Books In Homes. Books In Homes is an initiative to get more books in to the homes of school kids and for my money, there is no better initiative.

Part of the reason for my visit today was to discuss how to write a story. Not many people know this, but writing a story is very easy so long as you stick to this simple structure...

A story must have;
A beginning. This is where you introduce a problem to your characters.A middle. This is where your characters attempt to solve the problem.And an end. This is where your characters either solve the problem, or find some sort of resolution.
And that's it. All of the classic stories follow this simple formula and by doing so, are able to maintain some level of control over the readers emotional journey throughout the story.
A huge thank you is going out …

I got published in Freshwater’s Covered Magazine!

Covered Magazine is a new free magazine that gets delivered to homes across Freshwater NSW every month. The magazine includes local news, a section for kids, epic deals for local businesses and lots more (I think). Pretty cool. Definitely bathroom reading material worthy.
You can read my story MILKSHAKES CAN TALK in the online version of the first issue of Covered Magazine here – http://www.allbasescovered.com.au/summer-launch-edition

See page 68.

More stories to come.

My Visit to Paxton Public School

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Books In Homes is my favourite organisation in the world. Not only do they give much needed books to school kids, but they also send me to visit schools around NSW Australia to talk about my favourite things... reading and writing.

My visit to Kitchener Public School in NSW

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I had the coolest day today. I got to visit some of the most incredible kids in Australia at Kitchener Public School in NSW. The visit was organised by the lovely people at Books In Homes Australia.

For those of you who may not be aware, Books In Homes is an initiative to get kids reading by giving away books to school kids. i.e. putting Books In Homes. Could there be any greater initiative? I think not.
So what did we get up to you ask? Well, I got to have a chat to all the kids at their school assembly (Being a Remembrance Day assembly made the occasion all the more special).
My message was pretty simple... and that message was this... Anyone can be an author if they want to be. All you need to do is make sure you pay attention in school and show respect to your teachers. Being an author is one of the funnest jobs in the world too. What could be more fun than making up weird stories?
I got to talk to them about the importance of reading and writing, I got to read them one of my ver…

My book is going to be in the Hollywood film Anesthesia

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One of my books is headed to the big screen sometime in the not too distant future. Romy’s Garden Adventures: Christmas City is going to star as a background prop in the upcoming film Anesthesia - written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

The film stars Hollywood heavyweights Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Mol and Jessica Hecht just to name a few. The plot focuses on intersecting relationships after the violent mugging of a university professor. So, in many ways, the film plot parallels Romy’s Christmas tale. However, in many more ways, it doesn’t.

Still, it makes me laugh to think that there is a chance that any one of those Hollywood stars possibly picked up my book on set, flipped through it and thought to themselves “What in the actual fuck is this piece of shit children’s book doing on the set of this awesome movie?”

Regardless of what their opinions may be of my flailed attempts at creatively expressing myself, it is an extreme honour for me to have a simple children…