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
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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
Is now up on Penguin Australia’s site. Chapter one, to be exact. If you feel like having a read, help yourself to it here. And the book is back from the printer. If you want a squiz at it, check out this shot on Penguin’s Between the Lines. Marina Messiha did such a beautiful job on this design. Can’t wait to see the real thing.
(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.”)
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.
It’s up on the good ship Penguin’s website, like so:
AUTHOR: KIRSTY EAGAR
Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that’s not rational, not right, and you’re becoming somebody you don’t recognise, and certainly don’t respect, but you don’t even care.
And this person you like is unattainable. Except for one thing . . .
He lives downstairs.
Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane.
But since Kane’s been back, he’s changed. There’s a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world.
A gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process.
From the winner of the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.
Yay!!! After all this time, and all this lobbying (thank you blogging community! thank you, Bibliophile Brouhaha) it means that those of you who have a Kindle, and are so minded … Well, you can finally read them!
Thanks also to Pam for letting me know!
Update: Sorry guys, looks like I got carried away. I think it’s only available for Australian users to download. Ah well, small steps, right?
Just wanted to give a big shout out to the students, teachers, librarian staff, parents and community of COONABARABRAN. I’ve just returned from a trip out there as part of the high school’s Feast of Words festival, which featured former student/journo/lawyer Michael Morrissey, script writer Patrick May, academic/literature expert Elizabeth Hale and YA author (and my excellent travel partner) J.C. Burke. We were made to feel so welcome, and I had an absolute ball (thanks also to Kellie Nash for the invite, and the brilliant organising!).
The Coona community is a generous one. I came away inspired. And feeling very, very lucky to get to do this kind of thing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
*I must also make mention of our professional nodders – excellent job, guys! Nod hard or go home.
**’Forever Dare’ are the words on the school’s crest. Isn’t that the best motto?