14 Apr 2018 Tour in Pictures
I’ve been lucky to have some time on the road in 2018. Here are some pictures of the year so far.
I enjoyed a few days in Adelaide to promote Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Fight Back. Each school was so welcoming and it was wonderful to meet so many friendly students and teachers. I even got to meet Harry, a young reader who had reviewed Mr Bambuckle in the Adelaide Advertiser.
Australia has so many exceptional independent bookshops. Dillons Norwood in Adelaide is one of them – such a terrific store. I popped in to sign some books. A big shout out to the other booksellers I was lucky enough to meet. Keep doing what you’re doing!
Next up was Tasmania with George Ivanoff. George has just published the first two books in his fantastic new series, ‘Other Worlds’. I’ve read the first book and it’s a beauty! (Stay tuned for a review.) George lost his voice on tour but he powered on like a trooper. We visited several schools and bookstores in both Launceston and Hobart. A highlight was a delicious dinner with our publicist at ‘The Drunken Admiral’ on the wharf in Hobart.
I spent six days in Brisbane visiting schools and libraries. I’m always so impressed by how school librarians encourage reading in their own unique way. Alison Zylstra (Pacific Coast Christian School) had the students create their own “Excuses” posters in the style of Exploding Endings.
Having heard so many great things about Somerset Celebration of Literature (Gold Coast), it was incredible to be part of it in 2018. Thousands of school students from Queensland descend on Somerset each year to be inspired to think and read. This is a festival I hope to be part of again in the future.
I always love catching up with Jacqueline Harvey. She’s been a huge influence on me (an example of a disciplined work ethic) and is always so generous with her knowledge. Her new book ‘Kensy and Max’ is out and one of the next on my TBR (To Be Read) pile. Jacqueline was part of the line up at Somerset.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia recently announced the shortlist for the Book of the Year. Congrats to all those on the list! I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the AAA Event in Sydney in late March. What struck me, is how passionate our teacher-librarians are. I absolutely love chatting to educators and hearing about their schools.
Sometimes ‘touring’ means Skyping. This year I’ve chatted to some terrific children in London and Adelaide. Technology opens up so many great conversations!
I’ve just returned from All Saints’ College in Bathurst. The school hosted a three day festival, which included (L-R) myself, Liz Anelli, Jess Black and John Heffernan. A highlight was the school tour, including walking through the historical buildings.
Thanks for having a look. 🙂