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Allison Tait: #Robinpedia

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Hair of fire, pen of flame, Allison Tait is an Australian writer, teacher, and an inspiration to up and coming writers. Her series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, have been warmly received by critics but also, more importantly, by the children they are aimed at.

The Mapmaker Chronicles are published through Hachette. They are well liked for mystery, mayhem and even murder. They’re an adventure quest set on land and sea. Allison’s Mapmaker Chronicles have been compared to Emily Rodda’s  Deltora Quest for action and excitement. A must read for 8-12 year olds… and 37 year olds. I never grew up.

Allison is also known for her educational podcasts with Valerie Khoo. In these podcasts Allison draws on over twenty years worth of experience from working in magazines, and now novels, to help new writers not make the same mistakes she did when she was starting out. Valerie and Allison’s podcast is rated number 1 in Australia for writing education. 

Possibly the most unique aspect to Allison’s writing is that she rewards herself for a long hard slog editing by hanging out the washing. I prefer gin. That’s possibly why she’s earning the big bucks.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, I suspect that Allison Tait is part of an underground organisation known as The League of Extraordinary Redhaired Gentlewomen. It’s so underground that I’m the only one who knows about it. The members don’t even know about it, that’s how cool and secret it is. Seriously, ask them about it and they’ll deny all knowledge of it.



The League consists of amazing red-haired women who kick arse and are talented in multiple ways. Other members include Emma ViskicIsla FisherPenelope BergenKeighley BradfordLisa Fleetwood, and many more. I think I might even be in it. By day we create art, by night we fight crime.

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The Kirribilli Club: #Robinpedia

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A view from the Kirribilli Club.

The Kirribilli Club is located on Harbourview Crescent in Lavender Bay. It is practically right next door to the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Sydney branch. Kirribilli Club has a history as an Ex-Services Club and is  a member owned not for profit organisation. However it does have Dedes Watergrill restaurant, Sunset Cafe, U-Bar, Sports bar and a stylish cocktail lounge. Given the scurrilous, yet somewhat true, rumour about writers and their love of liquor I don’t think I need to say why this place is a valid entry for Robinpedia…

… but since when have I ever been subtle? Given that Lavender Bay can be a tad quiet on weekends, as it’s mostly seen as a business area, the Kirribilli Club has become an important source of nourishment for students, of the Australian Writers’ Centre Sydney branch, that forget their lunches. And given that writers, both students and masters do a love a tipple, it is at times popular after classes for impromptu “writers’ meetings” and the partaking of “writers’ juice.” It has been said that even internationally renowned authors have been spotted there, drinking their “juice” and “meeting” away… it has been said by me, because I have seen them and “juiced” with them.

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A view from the Australian Writers' Centre. Notice the similarity in view with the Kirribilli Club.

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