I appeared (not out of a cake) in The Story Peddler's tent at the Melbourne Writers Festival. How gorgeous is this little venue? This is a Sally Rippin initiative. Most of you, even my overseas readers, would be familiar with Sally's work especially her phenomenally successful Billy B Brown series. Sally's energy and creativity is boundless and I have no doubt this venture will go from strength to strength. I was so delighted to be involved! Please pop over to facebook where you can keep up with their whereabouts. Meantime, below is a sweet little video that will give you a peek into the shenanigans. (Dear reader, I wore a dreadful skirt that day. The weather was freezing and I had a last minute clothes crisis. A skirt with a side-split was such a Poor Choice. I groan with embarrassment whenever I reflect on it. Thank goodness you only see it for a 'split' second.)
|Ensconced in the Story Peddlers Tent, I read from my forthcoming book, Danny Best: Full On. No bums in Danny's stories. No, no, no. Sally even put up a sign for me.|
I had a book launch! Yes, my new novel, The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack is officially Out Now. You can see the cover and the book trailer over yonder in the margins of this blog.
The book was launched on a gorgeous sunshiny day at my local bookstore. I was thrilled to have Judith Rossell, author of the stunning, illustrated novel, Withering-by-Sea, bust the bottle of bubbly (so to speak). Jude is also a friend of Lucinda Gifford's (the illustrator of Angus Jack) so the three of us managed to bumble through beautifully and have a lot of giggles. Of course, I was a little nervous about what Jude might say in her speech. She had mentioned she would probably talk about where Lucinda and I went wrong... If you were one of the sparkling crowd that day thank you again for coming along and making it so special. The Fourteenth Summer has galvanised my passion for illustrated novels and already Lucinda and I have plans for another. If you would like background information on the book plus lots of insider knowledge please take a squiz at FourteenthSummer.com (it's incredibly pretty and only went live today so you, dear reader, will be among the first to clap eyes on it). If you are an aspiring author/illustrator, a bookseller, librarian, parent or BELOVED READER it will give you loads of insights into the story and our creative processes. To purchase a copy of the book you can do so here or you can buy it from FourteenthSummer.com
|Judith Rossell, Esteemed Launcher. Lucinda Gifford looking on lovingly. |
And yes, there was only one book for sale... Hotly contested, dear reader, hotly contested.
|I love this photo because you can see the sunshine pouring in. Also, Tan is hanging about in the background making her presence known. Bless her.|
|My friend, Sal Cooper, won the lucky door prize. Sal is an animator. Check out her stunning work here. One of my favourites is The Dawn Chorus. I love love love it! Sal had a studio near mine at the Abbotsford Convent. That was, until Sal's studio got invaded by bees and she had to move. It was awful! Like something out of a Stephen King novel.|
|Time to go home and I am searching the skyline for Flinders Street station. Where is it???|
We are getting to know the new house's quirks — the wonky latch on the front gate, the window blind that is jammed on DOWN, the scent of fried garlic and shrimp paste from a nearby Vietnamese restaurant, and the distant beats from the music venues. Oh, and the way the pink glass in our bedroom window catches the morning sun. We are settling in happily.
Until next time, dear reader, when I am planning an extra special, Experimental Post for you,
Yours under the teacups and bubble wrap.