Go for 2 & 5 in gorgeous Geraldton

  • I should rephrase the above to something like, ‘gorgeous Geraldton in which I picked up gruesome germs’, given that I am just recovering from the same nearly two weeks later. But it was gorgeous nevertheless, from the bubbling enthusiasm of the kids to the generosity of spirit from my hosts at the library to the en-costumed teachers and librarians who welcomed me into their schools. I also got to meet, remotely, some very keen readers and writers from the Meekatharra School of the Air.
  • This completed Book Week for me, having started it rather closer to home at the unphotographically represented but sparkling-lovely Coolbinia Primary, at which I was also reunited with a fellow former member of the Youth Theatre Company of WA. It was amusing to reflect on how well behaved we are these days, compared to the summer of 1985. Ah, maturity!
  • Since returning, apart from lying on the couch watching mafia flicks and food production docos, I’ve also had a sneak preview of the cover of Before You Forget, and its accompanying blurb. When I’ve got permissions, I shall share.The cover is poignant and apt. The final edit of the words will shortly be underway, too.
  • I seem to be writing something new, and non-fiction, in the space that post-law study provides. Writing with absolutely no expectation attached is liberating.
  • If you are interested in presenting at the Asian Festival for Children’s Content in Singapore in 2017, and I heartily encourage you to do so, the call for papers is out. You won’t find a more fascinating conference anywhere, I’ll wager.
  • If you’re a reader and you’ve never come across the American writer Howard Norman, you really should. Here is an excerpt of him reading from his latest.

 

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