The Singing Stone

Audiobooks read by Ganga Karen Ashworth, Singing the

There’s charm, and there’s something warm and haunting in Joanne McCarron’s manuscript Silvery Elms, The Singing Stone. Fairylands have no time and place – but this one hovers around a very Australian property, and the dissonance between the two is most delightfully and delicately managed. The climax of the story is one of those heart-stopping moments that could be a defining moment for a child susceptible to the enchantment of storytelling. … Silvery Elms, The Singing Stone … stands wonderingly in an enchanted space, and can take young readers there. I do commend Anna and her secrets and discoveries to your attention.

Peter Bishop, Founding Creative Director, Varuna – The National Writers’ House (

Joanne has created a delightful story full of magic and mystery. Children will find Anna and her adventures enthralling. Silvery Elms, The Singing Stone is well written in a style that is readily accessible to children. There are nuggets of wisdom throughout the story and I am sure it will become a firm favourite of children.

Petrea King, Children’s Author and CEO, Quest for Life Foundation) (

I think this is a very good story. Joanne has written at an interest and language level that suits this age of readers. There is a great sense of atmosphere and the development of the characters, especially Anna, has been excellent….It has been very well conceived and written.

Michael Pyne, Tutor, The Writing School (

The Kaleidoscope

There’s a child’s sense of wonder in the heartbeat of this book. It speaks from the magic faraway tree of childhood.
As an adult reader I read with a poignant sense of loss – the magic faraway tree is so very far away when you’re over 60!
This is a book I would love to remember from my childhood –and I know that in fifty years or so there will be many children remembering its magical world with gratitude.

Peter Bishop, Founding Creative Director, Varuna – The National Writers’ House (


A Harp of Truest Tone

A good book with great potential…I enjoyed reading it 

Craig CormickAward winning writer (