Like bears coming out of hibernation, authors too must leave their caves once in a while, and it usually coincides with Book Week in Australia. In the next couple of months you will see a lot of them out and about but PLEASE remember that authors are easily spooked, so if you do see one in the wild, approach him/her with caution. Start any conversation with praise, and if you have honey, offer some on toast because authors are perpetually hungry. Whatever you do don’t tell them that what they should do is write the next Harry Potter series.
Below are some of the great events coming up that I will be participating in:
Author Afternoon Teas
The Children’s Book Council of Australia, NSW Branch, are organising afternoon teas with authors and illustrators in the lead up to Book Week. It’s a chance to meet a range of storytellers, hear them talk about their work and ask them any burning questions you might have.
Where: St Mary’s School, Hurstville
When: Monday 15th of August 3.25pm – 5pm
Featuring: Libby Gleeson, Kate Mayes, Sue Whiting and Myself.
Wakakirri National Story Festival
Schools participating in the Story-Dance section of the Wakakirri National Story Festival will have the opportunity of meeting some authors and illustrators during the day while not rehearsing. I will be appearing at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Thursday the 4th of August, Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday the 17th of August, and at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on the 24th and 25th of August. Others participating this year include: Jan Latta, Lindy Batchelor, Robyn Opie, George Ivanoff, Corrine Fenton & Marjory Gardner.
And coming up …
In September I will be spending a week with students at Scotch College in Adelaide, which I am very much looking forward to. That will coincide with the second half of my May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship. I will also be participating in a public talk at the Burnside Library on Thursday the 8th of September from 6pm – 7.30pm. Put it in your diary as all are welcome.
During September/October the Sydney Children’s Festival will once again take place, and I will be appearing. There are many exciting things happening as part of the festival this year, including an interactive trivia with authors.
So get out there and start author spotting before they all disappear again.