Author Spotting Season

July 30th, 2012 · No Comments »

The Author spotting season is upon us. As many of you probably know, the deep dark winter is not only a good time to spot migrating whales, but also the perfect time to spot authors. With National Literacy & Numeracy week coming up, as well as Book Week, authors are all over the place doing author visits.

How to spot an author in the wild:

  • Authors are easily spotted because of their pale skin. They spend a lot of their time indoors.
  • Authors talk a lot. They speak quickly and often they don’t make sense. This is because they spend a lot of time alone.

An important note: the best way to befriend an author is to get them to sign a book – authors love this! Please don’t get them to sign a book that someone else has written – authors don’t love this! Also, unlike zoo animals, feel free to feed an author – many are poor and will appreciate a free feed. Please note though that when feeding an author, this will not stop them from talking – be prepared to be hit by projectile bits of sandwiches or cake (or better still, caramel slice… yum!!!!!)

So where can you spot me?

Last week I visited the lovely kids at Bomaderry Public School, down on the South Coast. This was as part of the Carpet Court Storybook Challenge. You can read more about this initiative here.

This week I will be at St Marks’ Drummoyne as part of an Author Afternoon Tea. Joining me will be Susanne Gervay, Ursula Dubosarsky & Oliver Phommavanh. Sounds like a great line-up to me.

For those NSW schools taking part in the Wakakirri National Story Festival this year, I am the Head Judge of the Story-Dance category. The NSW season kicked off in Sutherland last week and there were some fantastic performances. Coming up in August there are shows in Wollongong and Castle Hill.

If you spot me, don’t be shy – come on over and say hello.

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