Many of you will know August is the month when children’s authors come out of their hidey-holes and go on a talking spree.
Book Week this year is from the 17th – 23rd of August and we’ve just had Literacy and Numeracy Week. I’ve had the pleasure of already visiting Jannali East Primary School, Curran Public School and St John the Baptist School in Freshwater. Some of my favourite moments include:
- After telling some highly entertaining stories about my childhood, the first question asked by one of students was, “Do you have any friends?”
- At one of the schools the students had discovered that I have some pretty funky dance moves – apparently I have written this somewhere on this website. This is why you should be careful what you post online kids!!! They were really looking forward to some awesome dancing from me, perhaps even some spinning on my head. Instead they got, well, I don’t really want to talk about it …
- And then I got my favourite question: “How did you get to be so funny?” Awwwwww, that’s more like it!! The answer is by practicing with my MANY friends. Yes that’s right, I have HEAPS of friends, and most of them are real.
Coming up …
On Wednesday of this week (7th August) I’ll be presenting a workshop entitled Luff Out Loud: The Serious Business of Writing Funny Things. This is for the Illawarra section of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA).
Also coming up is a school visits to St Brigid’s School in Coogee, where I’m hoping to read some of my new manuscript to an audience for the first time. Scary ….
If you see am author out and about, say hello because they don’t get out much and it’s good for them to be around people. Happy reading as always …