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Night Beach has been shortlisted for the Young Adult category! Congrats to all the other shortlisted authors.
Hard to come back online after a three month absence – I feel like a student slinking into class late. And arriving on a self hyping post, too – bad form, really. More to come (posts, not self hyping).
Big shout out to the organisers of the Newington Literary Festival. Thanks for including me this year – it was a privilege to be there. Especial thanks to Ann Jagger, Sabine Tanase, Wendy Hardy and Sebastian! And, as ever, thanks to the students for listening, creating, and bringing good energy … and I must give a standalone shout out to the grade sevens for sharing their own scary stories … and to Charlie the Educator (aka Charlie Thomson) for sharing his thoughts on creativity, parenting and music …
That’s a lot of thanking – what a nice way to come back online after a break.
Here’s a snap of Randa Abdel-Fattah, human dynamo, and me at the festival.
Sometimes you get a trip that’s a once in a career sort of opportunity, and I think the Brisbane Writer’s Festival Write Across Queensland regional tour was exactly that.
We visited lots of schools around Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Yeppoon in Central Queensland. Having grown up in that area, for me, it was a nice example of life looping back on itself. (And also an example of how weird life is – because if you’d told the teenage me that I’d be there one day speaking as a published author, well … I would have been happy, but believing it might have been a different thing).
But the real bonus was working with the students, who were fired-up, passionate, open-minded, inventive, creative, kind and … you get the gist. Excellent Human Beings. I learned a lot from them. So shout outs and thanks to the students of:
St Luke’s (Bundaberg)
St Joseph’s (Rockhampton)
St Brendan’s (Yeppoon)
St Ursula’s (Yeppoon)
The other bonus of the trip was that I got to hang out in a mini-bus for six days with Gus Gordon (Author/Illustrator), artists & performers Thom Browning and Verena Curr, and the irrepressible Molly Ward, project manager (the photo above was taken by Molly, and shows our caged-bear reaction to being let out of the bus).
I miss those guys already.
There is also a Night Beach GIVEAWAY for those of you who are in the States. Thanks to Jenny on both counts, especially for the fantastic questions.
If, like me, you are in love with Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles, then you’ll be overjoyed to know that the third book in the trilogy is about to be born - Quintana of Charyn.
And if you live in Sydney, you’ll be even happier, because you can come along to the launch. I’ll be doing an “in conversation” with Melina, that will focus on her process in writing these extraordinary stories.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 / 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
RSVP: gleebooks – 9660 2333
Eagar is in fine control of her Gothic material. The tone is brooding rather than frightening, moody rather than suspenseful, and gives the reader space to interpret the way the world tilts for Abbie … the characters, the powerful ocean setting, the descriptions of surfing, the exposure of a particular masculinity, the exploration of the creative impulse, and Abbie’s journey from uncertainty to acceptance, produce some fine writing indeed.
Apologies to anybody who”d changed their plans, but unfortunately the event at Manly Library is not going ahead!
Bit of a bummer, I know. Maybe you can do what I will do instead – have a bath with Red Queen and a bottle of Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise and drown my sorrows.
Thursday 20th September, 2012
I’ll be participating in Re(a)d or White, as part of the Manly Arts Festival.
This one’s for the ADULTS among you, as there’ll be drinking involved and posh voices. Each of the panellists will be picking a book to discuss and pairing it with a wine. I’ve picked Honey Brown’s Red Queen. Why? Because she’s one of my favourite writers. I could go on and on about her writing, but to hear that you’ll have to come along.
I’m pairing it with Wirra Wirra’s Scrubby Rise, because it’s a blend of three grape varieties. Those of you who’ve read the book will now be nodding knowingly. I know, I thought I was clever, too. Apparently it’s a risky move in wine making and the book is risky, too – in the best way! Dark, brooding, a little bit wrong, but oh so right.
Where: Manly Library, Market Place, Manly
When: Thurs 20 Sept, 6pm
Cost: $15 adult
Contact: 9976 1747, www.manly.nsw.gov.au
PS Stay tuned because more incoming upcomings soon.
Night Beach made the Centre for Youth Literature’s shortlist for the Gold Inky – yay! See if you can pick it in the line-up.
Hopefully you guys feel inspired to read all of these books, and you will love them equally, but then vote for me.
Just kidding. Kind of.
But! To vote you must be between 12 and 20 years of age, not just young at heart, and you can do it here before the 14th of October.