Here in SE Queensland a razor edged chill is already slicing through our morning air. The rains have eased and the sunshine begs one to role up their sleeves. It's almost winter but there's still time to reflect on Mothers' Day...I enjoyed one of the best in years. Definitely something to be said for a child's choice of gift as they advance in years. Still I cherish the handmade books and cards and proud smiles above all else.
The Gold Coast held its annual Literati Festival this month as well. This free event hosted by Gold Coast Council Libraries spanning two days, enabled anyone with a love of books, reading and writing to participate in a range of seminars and author encounters. It's an excellent vehicle for learning more about the craft of writing and industry supporting it. This year featured authors included Nick Earls, Angela Savage, Tess Evans, Louise Cusack, Kate Holden and Phil Brown to name a few. Definitely worth marking in your calendar for next year.
Yesterday I attended the launch of Peter Carnavas new picture book, "The Great Expedition" at The Avid Reader Book Shop in Brisbane. Peter delighted young and old a like with his accordion playing and warmed us all with his story inspired by the great journey of explorers Burke and Wills. Can't wait for the next one.
Or to visit Krissy and Fiona again at Avid for another hot choc.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Greetings one and all (lucky if I do get one reader!) Welcome to my first ever post. Scary stuff this setting sail into the world of Blogdom plying through never before chartered waters but terribly exciting too. I invite anyone who is interested in reading, writing, children's lit and all the wonderful floatsam jetsam associated with it to comment and get in touch. I often take up a great deal of time and space not saying much so am eager to hear from others who are established kids authors, illustrators, industry personnel, keen readers or like me brilliant butterflies about to emerge any day now from their unknown cocoons...