Toni Brisland – Book List


as at August 2015


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DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery

(Paperback Fiction Years 5 – 6)

A Sherlock Holmes Spoof about a cat and dog detective team, DemiChat and Flannery, who solve a mystery that takes them from London to Rome.


DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery eBook

(as above)



What Now Baby Bears?

(Paperback Picture Book)

Bears in Canada living in harmony with humans.


DemiChat and the Lost Mummy
(Paperback Fiction Years 5 – 6)


DemiChat and Flannery go in search of the lost mummy of a Pharaoh in Egypt.

 and as an eBook







The Tree House

(Hard Cover Picture Book)

Two sisters, one with cerebral palsy, believing that anything is possible.



DemiChat and the City of Gold

(Paperback Fiction Years 5 - 6)                                   

DemiChat and Flannery Journey into the Amazon Jungle to search for an Incan Lost City.                                                                      $14.95

eBook Available on Amazon for Kindle. $2.98













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2013 Engagements (not including all CBCA Board or other CBCA Committee Meetings)

11 December 2013 Briar Road Public School’s Book Giving Assembly for Books in Homes 10am

13 November 2013 CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Christmas Party with Special Guest, Alison Lester at the Diggers, Harbord

26 October 2013 CBCA NSW Strategic Planning Day at the NSW Writers' Centre, Rozelle

21 September 2013 CBCA NSW brief AGM at the Writer's Centre Rozelle, 2pm, featuring an Author/Illustrator Showcase with Deb Abela chairing a panel of, Susanne Gervay, Jan Latta, Jacqueline Harvey, Tony Flowers and Aleesah Darlison

18 September 2013 CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch AGM followed by a Meeting with Special Guest Dorothy Tonkin of Random House, topic 'A Publisher's Perspective'.

17 September 2013 School Visit: Narrabeen Catholic School

16 September 2013 CBCA NSW Committee Meeting

12 September 2013 Guest and Chair of the CBCA Newcastle Sub-branch inaugural AGM at Wallsend Library

11 September 2013 CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Committee Planning Meeting

6 September 2013 School Visit: Maria Regina Catholic School, Avalon

5 September 2013 Bookfeast Literary Festival - Burwood RSL - one of many guest authors at a Literary Festival with children of the Inner Western Suburbs

3 September 2013 CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch "Lunch with the Stars" - St Patrick's Estate, Manly - one of many guest authors at a Literary Festival with school children, however Guest Speaker is Gabrielle Lord and Guest Illustrator is Serena Geddes.

23 August 2013 CBCA NSW Judges' Dinner, Castelreagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney City

21 August 2013 Lethbridge Park PS School Visit (all day as part of their Book Week celebrations)

20 August 2013 A Judge for the Warringah Library Service Book Week Competition, Forrestville Library 6.30pm

17 - 23 August 2013   BOOK WEEK   "Read across the universe"

17 August 2013 CBCA Board Meeting Canberra

15 August 2013 Canberra for Book of the Year Award Announcement on 16 August at the National Library and Dinner

31 July 2013 CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Meeting, Guest Speaker Steve Spargo of Walker Books, topic 'Engaging Reluctant Readers' Venue: Balgowlah Heights Primary School, 7pm

26 - 28 July 2013 CBCA Board Strategic Planning Sub-committee Meeting

11 July 2013 CBCA NSW Rozelle, Book of the Year Awards, Merchandise Packing Day

24 June 2013 SCBWI Meeting for the NSW Committee at the Hughenden, followed by a talk for everyone by Margaret Hamilton on Picture Books

20 June 2013 'Books in Homes' presentation at Letheridge Park Primary School at 2pm

5 June 2013 CBCA NSW Judge Jill Bruce talk on the CBCA 2013 Short List at Forrestville Library

22 May 2013 CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Meeting, Guest Speaker Cath Keenan of 'The Story Factory' with Author Spotlight on Aleesah Darlison, launching 'Bearly There', at Belrose Library, 7pm

14 May CBCA NSW Maurice Saxby Lecture at the State Library, Guest Speaker Mark McLeod, 6.30pm

4 April 2013             Books in Homes Event: Toni presented a talk and books at a Book Giving Assembly, Windsor South PS.

25 March 2013         Books in Homes Event: Toni presented a talk and books at a Book Giving Assembly, Villawood East PS.

22 & 23 March 2013 CBCA Board Meeting, Adelaide

14 March 2013         Susanne Gervay's Evening with "I Am Jack" to introduce the film in development to the film industry at Monkey Bass Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, with talk by Director Nadia Tass and performance by Tim McGarry.

27 February 2013     CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Meeting and Book Launch of Felicity Pulman's "A Ring Through Time" at The Children's Bookshop Beecroft, 8 Hannah Street, Beecroft.

9 February 2013        CBCA NSW Executive Committee Liaison Day with Presidents of the four NSW Sub-branches, NSW Writers' Centre, Rozelle

6 February 2013         CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Planning Meeting

21 January 2013         CBCA NSW Committee Monthly Meeting, NSW Writers' Centre, Rozelle

9 December 2012        Book Launch Indigo Solves the Pzulze by Wendy Fitzgerald, illustrated by Sophie Norsa. Launched at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern.

6 December 2012        SCBWI Christmas Party at the Hughenden Hotel, Queen Street, Woollahra.

20 November 2012     Author Afternoon Tea, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Narrabeen

16 - 18 November 2012     AGM CBCA in Adelaide and took up position as Director, CBCA National Board as the NSW Delegate.

14 November 2012      Guest at the "Alice Awards" at the Society of Women's Writers' Luncheon, Dixon Room, State Library.

13 November 2012      Attended CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Dinner at the Menzies.

8 November 2012       Attended Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group Literary COnference - organised by Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing.

5 November 2012       CBCA NSW Monthly Meeting.

1 November 2012       Author Afternoon Tea, Sacred Heart Primary School, Pymble.

27 October 2012       CBCA NSW Committee Planning Day.

25 October 2012       Launch of Toby Ridell's 'Unforgotten' at the Hughenden Hotel, Queen Street, Woollahra, 5pm.

24 October 2012       School Visit: St Kevin's, Dee Why.



News Flash! 24th October 2012.

DemiChat sequel is in Edit Stage! To be released 2013. DemiChat and the Lost Mummy

DemiChat and Lord Flannery Beagle join their owners, John & Melissa Jasper, on an archaeological dig to search for the lost mummy of a famous Egyptian Pharoah in Alexandria, Egypt. The race is on to find the mummy's tomb before a grave robber named Mufas steals the mummy and its treasures. A wily Mau cat, Sera, says she'll help DemiChat but she has ulterior motives and wants the contents of the tomb for her own purposes. Who will get there first and what will the outcome be?

News Flash!  11th September 2012.


CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Gala Event - Lunch with the Stars - was held today at St Pat's Estate, Manly, with 200 excited students decorating tables and dressing up to listen to special guests, Oliver Phommavanh and Jacqueline Harvey and watch Author/Illustrator Martin Chatterton draw a fun profile of a lucky pupil. Other authors/illustrators at the event hosted a table including Mark Thomason, R.A. Spratt, Wendy Fitzgerald, Jan Latta, Belinda Murrell, Kate Forsyth, Yvonne Low, Lisa Stewart, Felicity Pulman, Serena Geddes, Jenny Hale, Peter Macinnis, Laurine Craosdale, Aleesah Darlison, Wendy Blaxland and me and CBCA NSW Book Week Judge (2012-2013) Jill B. Bruce.


The event was successfully organised by the CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Committee and helpers under the wonderful management of Belinda Murrell.


(Some photos below)

Newsflash! 7th June, 2012. Toni Brisland website live! 


The Toni Brisland website is up and running!                  Check it Out: and subscribe to receive the Blog in your in-box.

The website has three pages and is easy to navigate:

Bio - how Toni started writing

Books - about DemiChat with a link to the DemiChat website

Blog - Toni's musings!

The first blog is about the differences Toni sees between the CBCA and the SCBWI (i.e. Children's Book Council of Australia and the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators).  There's a "Contact Toni" box and a link to Facebook and links to the organisations that Toni belongs to: CBCA, SCBWI, Australian Society of Authors, and the NSW Writers' Centre.

News Flash! 31st May, 2012.

Toni Brisland attends Launch of Libby Gleeson's Red at The Children's Bookshop, Beecroft.

(Oh, how I wish my webdesigner had my Blog ready to go! It is taking ages!)

The photos below are of Libby Gleeson (seated) with (Photo 1) Toni Brisland and (Photo 2) with Author Wendy Blaxland.

Professor Robyn Ewing of Sydney University launched Libby Gleeson's latest novel Red by interviewing the celebrated author about her book. It was a champagne event in comfortable style, casual and informative and loads of fun. Libby talked about being influenced in her decision to write this book by the physical damage to the planet that we have experienced over the past few years combined with a recurring theme in her work, that of the importance of families. We were all delighted that the celebrated Maurice Saxby was able to join us. Paul McDonald, Beecroft Bookshop's owner, thanked his celebrated guests and the continuing importance of a bookshop being the centre of its community.




News Flash!  April, 2012

SCBWI- Australia & New Zealand International Conference, Sydney, 29th June - 2nd July, 2012.

This is going to be a HUGE event with authors, illustrators and publishers from Australia and overseas coming to participate.

120 delegates are expected and Susanne Gervay, the conference organiser, put out a plea for help and a group of volunteers (including Toni) put their hands up for a number of jobs including - collecting profiles of speakers (Deb Abela), Media (Wendy Blaxland and Susanne Gervay), organising an Registration Desk (Andrea Edmonds and Margaret Roc), coordinator of Reporters (Charlotte Calder), Manuscript Critiques (Nathan Luff and Mark Thomason) Reporting Video (Oliver Phommavanh), Photographer (Lesley Vamos) Master Classes (Margaret Roc and Sophia Brydon), Conference Blog (Sherl Gwyther) and Delegate Folders and Conference Bags (Toni Brisland with the help of Paul Rainbird). An Illustrator Committee comprising Frane Lessac, Sarah Davis, Serena Geddes, Lesley Vamos and Andrea Edmonds are organising an Illustrator Showcase! What a team of stars! What a huge event to organise!

Most program events will be at the Hughenden Boutique Hotel, Woollahra, but on 30th June all delegates will meet up at the NSW Writers' Centre at Rozelle.

For more information and a peak at the program go to:


 Postscript: 2 July 2012

It was a HUGE success. See my Blog



News Flash! 18th March, 2012

Toni Brisland has secured the domain

Toni has engaged Eyedea Media Makers to develop the new webpage which will be "Home" for the DemiChat page. It will be a simple page of Bio, Books & Blog. The Blog will include information that would normally be found here on this News Page and also information on the DemiChat Facebook Page. It will replace the DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery Newsletter which currently has a subscription of 498. Subscribers to the Newsletter will automatically be subscribers to the Blog with the option to Opt Out at any time.




News Flash! 8th March, 2012.

As a 2012 National Year of Reading contribution, Toni Brisland is volunteering from today each Thursday at Neutral Bay Public School taking children in Years 1 and 4 for Reading.




News Flash! 29th February, 2012.

Toni Brisland continues in 2012 as Secretary of the CBCA NSW Northern Sydney Sub-branch and Liaison Officer to NSW Branch. The first meeting of 2012 was held today at St Kieran's Catholic Primary School, Manly Vale, with Speaker Author Wendy Blaxland who spoke about Making a Living from Writing.

Other Meetings this year are organised for:

  • 10th May 2012 a Warringah Mall Library with Speaker Jill Bruce, NSW Judge for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Jill will talk about NSW CBCA Judge's Perspective.
  • 25th July 2012 at Abbotsleigh Junior School Library, Wahroonga. Speaker Dr Catriona Wallace and her daughter Indigo from the Indigo Express Foundation.
  • 10th October 2012, AGM, venue TBC. Our Speaker is Sarah Foster, Publisher, Walker Books.
  • 28th November 2012, Christmas Party at Balgowah RSL with Guest Speakers - Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King.

For all CBCA 2012 Events Visit:




News Flash! 6th February, 2012.

Toni Brisland is on Susanne Gervay's Organising Committee for the 4th International Australia and New Zealand Conference to be held in Sydney at the boutique hotel, The Hughenden, Woollahra, with sessions at the NSW Writers' Centre, form 29th June - 2nd July 2012.


Dates for 2012 for NSW SCWBI Quarterly Meetings are: 30 April, 17 September and 3 December 2012.





News Flash! 30th October, 2011.

'DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery' has been listed on the 2012 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge for Years 5 - 6 and also Years 7 - 9. Yay! For the full list go to:





News Flash! 19th October, 2011.

Toni is enjoying being Secretary of the CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch and is busy with the Committee planning their End of Year Celebration on 30th November 2011 at the Balgowlah RSL Memorial Club.

Committee members, Lindy Batchelor, Wendy Blaxland, Belinda Murrell, Kate Forsyth, Oliver Phommavanh and Toni Brisland got their heads together to plan for their AGM on 26th October 2011 and to discuss events for the National Year of Reading 2012.




News Flash! 1st October, 2011.

Toni Brisland appeared at the Sydney Children's Festival at Carriageworks in Redfern on a 'Short n Sharp' panel with Nathan Luff, Jacquie Harvey and Oliver Phommavanh. All four were either previous winners or runner-up in the Children's Book Council of Australia Mentorship Competition. They talked about their work, writing and their life in general. Organiser Pip Sprout did a fantastic job and it was great to see NSW CBCA Committee members in the audience!




News Flash! 15th September, 2011.

Toni Brisland appeared at the Bookfeast Event at Burwood RSL organised by Michael Fraser, Teacher/Librarian of Haberfield PS. What a HUGE event!

Oliver Phommovanh was hilarious as the Master of Ceremonies and kept everyone laughing. Author's speeches by Vashti Farrar, Dawn Hort, Libby Hathorn and Pulbisher Irith Williams helped students from 35 Primary and Secondary Schools learn about the writing and publishing process. There was an author on each table and Toni sat with Carramar Public School. Their teachers and children were awesome. (Photos below)

Michael gave a big vote of thanks to the authors & illustrators who attended and organisations and people who contributed to the day's success: NSW Government Department of Education and Training, Shearers Bookshop, Scholastic, Syba Signs and Sponsors Bloomin' Books and Roslyn J Motter. And, everyone present at the event went away with a free book. How good is that!




 News Flash! 8th April 2011

Toni Brisland was adopted by Grades 5 / 6 at Somerville Primary School in Melbourne during Book Week in August 2011 after she'd been interviewed on radio by Del Nightingale of Radio3RPP. This community radio station is Radio Port Phillip 98.7 fm and it's live streamed on each Monday morning. The program is 'Writers at Work' and it often features school children and the wonderfully creative work that are doing in their classrooms.



News Flash! 31st March 2011

Toni Brisland has been invited to attend the Burwood Literary Festival on 15 September, 2011, and will be workshopping DemiChat with Primary School Children. Yay!



News Flash!  15th December 2010

DemiChat Competition Winner!

The winner of the iPod Shuffle is Roland S. 10 years old and going into Year 6 in 2011 at Barker College Junior School, Sydney, NSW.

The DemiChat December 2010 Newsletter No. 3 was distributed today announcing the winner. A BIG thank you to everyone who entered!

Roland's entry was:

A scavenger hunt using highlighted paragraphs of the book as clues, the beginning of each paragraph being one letter that when combined forms a word.




NEWS FLASH !  October 2010.

DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery has been selected to be on the South Australian Premier's Reading Challenge for 2011.  Go Demi !


NEWS FLASH ! Competition Announced in ......

DemiChat Newsletter No. 2 October 2010 distributed to Mailing List on 15th October 2010. 

Prize is an iPOD Shuffle.

To enter the competition you have to be at Primary School and you cannot be related to the author. Winner will be announced in the DemiChat Newsletter No. 3 December 2010.

Here's what to do:

In 25 words of less tell Toni what type of competition associated with the book 'DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery' you would like to enter next year in 2011. That's right! This is a competition to find the MOST UNIQUE competition!

Entries will be judged on the criteria of originality, creativity and practicality! Judges will be Educationalist Ms MaryAnne Diorio and the author, Toni Brisland. A complementary copy of the novel and accompanying 'Teachers' Companion' will be donated to the winner's school.

Competition closes 12th December 2010 and prize will be posted to the winner care of their school. Entrants - put your Name, Age, Class, Name of School and School Address on you entry and post to Toni Brisland, P.O. Box 1366, Neutral Bay Junction, NSW, 2089 or send it by email to


DemiChat Newsletter No. 1 August 2010 distributed to Mailing List on l9th August 2010.


Here is a Newspaper Article to read:



Issue 246 – 16th August



Book launched at St John's


Australian children's author Ms Toni Brisland launched her latest book at St John the Baptist Primary School in Woy Woy on August 13.

Ms Brisland's latest release Demichat and the Kent St Mystery is a Sherlock Holmes style novel about crime-busting duo feline investigator DemiChat and retired police beagle Lord Flannery.

The award-winning author provided 15 copies of the new book along with a teacher's companion and poster for the school library, according to school principal Mr Frank Cohen.

Ms Brisland also conducted lessons with several library groups showing younger students how to care for pets and the opportunity to meet the animals that inspired the book.

Older students also learnt more about the creative process with the former teacher.

"Toni Brisland has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career," Mr Cohen said.

"She taught high school for a decade before moving on to become a school counsellor, and holds diplomas in education, psychology and law.

"Toni was office manager for the NSW Papal Visit Office in 1986, which she describes as a life-changing experience.

"Toni's recent career with the NSW Police Service provided inspiration for the novel's characters.

"She now writes full-time.

"DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery was a runner up in the 2006 Children's Book Council of Australia Frustrated Writers Competition, which Toni had previously won for her story The Golden Goal."



And another Newspaper article:


Q and A: Toni Brisland, author of "DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery"


oni Brisland said cats Jade and Flannery were the inspiration behind her first novel.

When Neutral Bay author Toni Brisland sought inspiration for her first novel, she found it on her lap. On it were cat Jade and a copy of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. “And I thought - ‘why not just put them together?’,” she said. She roped in second cat Flannery and her nieces’ two beagles and the result was DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery, her spoof for readers aged nine to 11 about the adventures of crime busting duo, French feline DemiChat and retired police sniffer dog Lord Flannery.

The book won runner-up in the Children’s Book Council Frustrated Writers competition and will be launched at Berkelouw Books in Leichhardt on Sunday.

Q. What is DemiChat like?

A. She’s based on my real life cat Jade, a Himalayan. She’s a sophisticated feline from Paris, but she’s been purchased by a couple who are archaeologists and taken to London. She comes from a life of glitz and glamour to solitary confinement alone in the house. She wants to be at the front of things, not sitting on a windowsill. Then she meets a beagle called Lord Flannery.

Read more at: 21/07/2010


And another article in Jigsaw - Spring 2010 Edition


 DemiChat and the Kent Street Mystery
Crooks beware, there's a new crime-busting duo on the beat:
beautiful French feline DemiChat and recently retired police beagle Lord Flannery.
This charming new mystery novel by Toni Brisland sees the unlikely partners on the trail of an Italian mob, hunting for a kidnapped scientist with a formula for fuel efficiency.
Readers aged nine to eleven will love this Sherlock-Holmes-esque tale with its larger-than-life characters. There's Jake the Scotland Yard police dog who provides the brawn to DemiChat's brains; there's Signora Capella, head of an Italian family; and the double- crossing Irishman O'Malley.
With clever illustrations throughout. Toni Brisland's novel is great fun for children.
The book is supported by an interactive website with games and links for children to explore. This multi-platform approach means readers will get more out of the book and enjoy reading that much more. Visit
Available at all good book stores. RRP $14.95.




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  • 'DemiChat' is on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge List for 2012

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