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Off to Coona, I am …

… and apparently it means I must talk like Yoda. Coona is short for Coonabarabran. This is my third straight year at their Feast of Words festival. No doubt someone else deserves a turn next year. I love the Coona community (including, of course, all the students and professional nodders and other repeat presenters) and they have been very kind and generous to me. If you’ll remember, there were bush fires out there earlier this year, so I hope things have started to regenerate. I know, thanks to reports from Kellie Nash, uber festival organiser, that Blaze Aid have been involved with the rebuild. What a great organisation.   

I was going to complete this post with a picture of stars, as one should when one’s about to visit the Astronomy capital of Australia, but instead I leave you with the song that is in my head non-stop today. I will be listening to it on the drive.

Quintana of Charyn launch

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. 

The details: 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 / 6.00 for 6.30pm

Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

Cost: Free

RSVP: gleebooks – 9660 2333 


Late scratching

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.

Manly Arts Festival

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.  

Looking up

That’s what I’ll be doing over the next couple of nights. I’m returning to Coonabarabran – astronomy capital of Australia -for their annual Feast of Words, along with JC Burke, Patrick May, Peter FitzSimons, Julian Larnach, and Mutuota Kigotho. I’ve checked the moon forecast. Cold nights and a dying moon mean good stars …

Sydney Writers’ Festival

I’ll be there! Speaking! Eruditely! With Margo Lanagan and Lucy Christopher and Hilary Rogers.

The session is called Her Dark Materials (sexy title, hey what?), it’s on Sunday the 20th May at the Bangarra Theatre from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

For more details, click here. Thus endeth the upcoming events posts.


PS This has a weird life-revisiting-itself feel, because 3 years ago I went to the SWF just before Raw Blue was published, More


Actually, while I’m going on upcoming events, I should also say that thanks to the wonderful people at Taree Library and the lovely Nicky from Manning Valley Books, I’ll be up in Taree on the 8th of May, to talk about Night Beach. I love that part of the world, and I’ve got a couple of mates lined up to surf Saltwater with me, so I’ll be sure to be smiley. More


Okay, having sat on the details of Geelong’s Wordage festival for two weeks, it’s finally occurred to me I should share them. Me and Doug Macleod and Gab Williams will be there next week – 18th and 19th of April. The festival is being presented by the Geelong Regional Library and the Centre for Youth Literature.

The festival is mainly aimed at students in years 7 to 9. Apart from the school program, there is one event open to all: More

Look at these fine looking books

(I have been doing edits for too long. As I typed that header, I thought to myself, “Repetition. Get rid of either ‘look’ or ‘looking’. You can’t have both.”)

I’m going to be in Geelong with their owners soon – Gab Williams and Doug MacLeod. We’ll be at Wordage, a festival.

This is an UPCOMING EVENTS post in case you’re wondering why I’m telling you this. So consider yourself updated. I will let you know more details when I get more details. Really, the details I’m sweating on are how I might be able to swing an extra day down there so I can go to Torquay. I know. My heart bleeds for me, too. If you’re overseas and you want to know what Torquay is, it’s a town near Bells Beach which is “allegedly” where Bodhi died in Point Break. Obviously a pilgrimage I must make (although I have actually been there a couple of times, but whatever).

But are you having a nice Friday? Song for the day is old school Danger Mouse. If you need a laugh you should check out Doug Macleod’s blog site. He has nude CBCA ladies on it, and a lot of daleks.

Upcoming events for 2011 …

16 – 18 March, 2011

Somerset Celebration of Literature

Details to come. In the meantime, you can find more on the festival by clicking here


27 – 28 May, 2011

Reading Matters Conference

Friday 27th: 10.15am Monsters Ink (Panel session with Ananda Braxton-Smith, Karen Healey and Brenton McKenna)

Saturday 28th: 11.20am Dangerous Arrangements (Panel session with Jane Burke and Denis Wright)

For more details on the conference, please click here