From an early age, Tara has loved reading and dreamt of writing books that inspire a love of reading within others. She spent eight years at university, completing undergraduate studies in Nursing and postgraduate studies in Midwifery. Her first published piece was a short story, The Joy of Autonomy, included in the anthology With Women. Midwives Experiences: from shift work to continuity of care, collated by David Vernon and published in 2007. She has been involved in writing and editing online courses for midwives with the Australian College of Midwives and has written several pieces for the Australian Midwifery News.

Since completing a children’s writing course through Thomson Education Direct, Tara has spent many hours tapping on the keys of her ultra-book. The combination of writing and casual work as a midwife is a win-win situation. She also enjoys speaking about her experiences in writing and self-publishing, the developed superpower of reading and the narrative writing process. She has experience in speaking in kindergartens, primary schools and high schools.

Tara is also a reviewer with The Big Book Club Reading Committee. She lives in South Australia with her husband and daughter. They enjoy going geocaching together as a family and exploring the beautiful and diverse Australian countryside.

Examples of Talks by Tara George:

The Narrative Writing Process:

This session on the narrative writing process can be used to introduce a class to a unit on narrative writing. It explores the process of planning and editing, focusing on five topics: main characters, viewpoint, tense, setting and problem. Tara uses examples from her own work and also incorporates examples from current literature tailored to the age of the audience. The session includes two interactive group activities about consistency in viewpoint and using words to create an image. The talk was initially prepared for a middle primary class, but can be tailored to the age and specific needs of the class.

The Developed Super-power of Reading:

This talk is suitable for a primary school assembly or an individual class. Tara claims that she is holding the secret to teleporting. She explains that a superpower needed to use it, but that this superpower is available to everyone. It is not an innate superpower but one that is developed. The obvious link to books and reading is made (usually through questioning the audience). Examples from current age appropriate literature are used to engage the audience and reflect on journeys they may have taken. An activity can be attached to the end of this session if desired. It could also be modified to suit a kindergarten group.

Published works for children:

Treasure Hunting Trio, 2015

Caught with the Cache, 2015

Publications related to midwifery:

George, T (2017) A workforce In Crisis: Has anything changed? Australian Midwifery News, Autumn edition, pp24-26

George, T (2016) Letter to editor, Australian Midwifery News, Autumn edition, p9

George, T (2015) Answering an EOI to review an eLearning course, Australian Midwifery News, Spring edition, pp20-21

George, T (2014) Book Review: Unscrambling Grief, Australian Midwifery News, Spring edition, p48

George, T (2013) The web of mentoring, Australian Midwifery News, Autumn edition, pp18-20

George, T (2007) The Joy of Autonomy, in Vernon D (ed) With Women. Midwives Experiences: from shift work to continuity of care, Australian College of Midwives, Canberra, Australia, pp187-195