March 20, 2017

An Interview With Me For Shelf Awareness by Maureen Eppen

I am in favour of capital punishment for people who mistreat books — or at least, public flogging, stocks, branding and medieval pillories for public abuse, attack and ridicule.
March 10, 2017

School Visits I Have Made. Part 1.

A description of several visits I have made to schools in recent years, including Useless Loop, Cocos Island, Poynter, Geraldton and Mullewa.
March 7, 2017
Swashbuckling tale of terror in the tropics

Swashbuckling tale of terror in the tropics

  Swashbuckling tale of terror in the tropics WA author Norman Jorgensen’s pirate tale The Smuggler’s Curse is a rollicking read. “I cannot believe it. My […]
March 4, 2017
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In Search of Constable Jack Kelly, the Bushranger’s Brother

In Search of Constable Jack Kelly, the Bushranger’s Brother This an interview with me by Chenée Marrapodi from  Channel 7s Today Tonight, broadcast on Friday 3rd March, […]
February 17, 2017

Swashbuckling? Me? Only in my Head.

I have been amused in recent months, ever since The Smuggler’s Curse was published that reviewers have been using the word ‘swashbuckling’ about me. Nothing could […]
February 14, 2017

Another Prince of Denmark on Stage? (I wish!)

March  29th, 2017 at 7pm. WHERE: Koorliny Arts Centre, Theatre 1 Sulphur Road Kwinana WA 6167 COST: $15 all tickets BRIEF DETAILS: The swashbuckling Norman Jorgensen will kick off […]
February 13, 2017
The Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages exhibition has many fabulous Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators in it. Go to Authors/Illustrators/Books to see the full list. Each week, I'll highlight one of the authors or illustrators in the exhibition - this week it is Norman Jorgensen. Norman also received great news recently ... Western Australia Young Readers Book Awards(WAYRBA) shortlisted one of his books - 'The Smugglers Curse'. Congratulations, Norman! His book 'In Flanders Field' is in the Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages Exhibition. Norman loosely based In Flanders Fields on a historical event during WWI. The British and Germans held a truce on Christmas Day 1914, while they buried their dead and played soccer in no-man's-land. Instead Norman has an Australian soldier rescue a robin caught on barbed wire in no-man's land. "I wanted to capture what the film director did in All Quiet on the Western Front. The image of the butterfly is so simple and stands for the whole of humanity in its brokenness. For me, the robin is also a symbol of humanity but it also has the additional association of the redness of blood spilt in battle and the traditional colour of Christmas." Norman said he is a pacifist. "I wanted the book to be anti-war and show that these soldiers, in their quiet way, are caught up in war which they oppose. In the end papers, where I have the two armies looking inwards from their trenches, the shades of grey and khaki merge. It is not their war. They are scared young men."

The Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages – Feature Author – Norman Jorgensen / The Smuggler’s Curse

Repost from: http://anzacstoriesbehindthepages.blogspot.com.au Maria Gill The Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages The Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages exhibition has many fabulous Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators […]
January 30, 2017

20 Questions from ‘Write Note Reviews’ by Monique Mulligan

Your latest novel for children is The Smuggler’s Curse. Tell me a bit about it. The story is set in 1896 and tells of a boy […]
January 27, 2017

A Great Review of The Smuggler

Here is a great review from Yudhishthiran, age 14, who I imagine was named after a great Hindu god. In my opinion, he is very perceptive […]
January 22, 2017

An Alphabet Soup Article About Me

Alphabet Soup is a long -running website for kids who like books and creative writing. It was founded by Rebecca Newman, an enthusiastic kids book lover, if ever there […]
January 20, 2017
The Last Viking Returns ISBN 9781925161151 Picture Book (235 x 295 x 10mm) (Hardback) $25.00 Illustrated by James Foley 32 Pages Fremantle Press 2014

Coming Up with a Decent Title, Eventually.

Deciding on the title for the sequel to The Last Viking took some effort.  A good title has to give a hint at what the book […]
January 20, 2017
Tom Price Primary School An Independent Public School Writer in Residence Visiting Author This week we have had visiting author, Norman Jorgensen working with all students. Mr Jorgensen has been sharing his stories with the children, answering questions and working with our writers club on how they can enhance their own writing. Each day I have had students full of enthusiasm sharing what they have learnt. For a full write up from our Literacy Coach, Mrs Penny Bingham, see over the page.

A Great Week at Tom Price Primary School

This week we have had visiting author, Norman Jorgensen working with all students. Mr Jorgensen has been sharing his stories with the children, answering questions and […]