Mackillop College

Hi to all the students at Mackillop College! Really enjoyed my visit yesterday. Great shcool! I had a whole long message typed up on my iPad, but I don’t have WiFi, so I’m just typing this short message on a school computer. If you want to post a comment, it should be ok to do it as a comment on this message!

All the best
Richard

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19 Responses to “Mackillop College”

  1. Jess Says:

    Heeey richard

    Thanks for coming to Mackillop College and giving us that very entertaining and inspiration talk about being an author. Thank you for entertaining us while reading your two biggest sellings world shaker and liberator. You have made me want to read books now because they take you on adventures and that use your imagination.

    Keep writing 🙂
    thanks, Jess 🙂

    • richard harland Says:

      Hey, Jess, if I’ve made you want to read books more than before, that’s the best ever thing I could ever hope to do! Plenty of fantasy – that’s what you need to read!
      Richard

  2. Alise Says:

    Hello there. WOW! That pretty much sums up your performance. It was amazing, mind-blowing. Your novel’s sound very entertaining and I am considering reading Worldshaker. I’m not an avid reader, yet the extraction you read from the novel really inspired me to read more. Thank you very much for visiting Mackillop, It was inspirational and informative. You have helped me consider many opportunities in my future. Thank you very much, all the best with future novels and i hope that Liberator is a success. Steam punk is pretty darn cool too. 😀 Thank you.

  3. Caitlin Parker Says:

    Hi Richard.

    I am Caitlin. I am in year 10 at Mackillop and i would just like to thank you for your talk at our school the other day.
    I thoroughly enjoyed your reading of World Shaker. It was very enjoyable and i would enjoy reading it so if i see a copy I will grab hold of it.
    I would love to be a writer like you but I prefer true stories.
    I have been on the writing tips website and am planning on use those skills in my next writing activity.
    I often write short stories when I am at home, just like you used to, and I would love to turn them into a novel, like you have done.
    You seem to really enjoy your work so make sure you keep striving for your goals.

    Thank you
    – Caitlin

    • richard harland Says:

      Hope the writing tips help you, Caitlin, though they’re really directed towards genre fiction – fantasy and Sf, or crime or thriller etc. True life stories are a bit different – for a start, if you want to keep them true, you cant develop them beyond what really happened. Me, I like characters and events to be larger than life!
      Richard

  4. Bearii Says:

    hey! i really liked your talk it was pretty inspiring. i’ve started reading world shaker ,its ammmaaazing 🙂 i think your a pretty good writer, .i also like the comment you wrote in my book . hahah ! anyways im looking forward to reading your other books 😀

  5. elissa Says:

    Your talk yesterday was compelling, and really urged me to start writing my stories in a more formal and peculiar manner. Im going to stop writing such big words now, the above was just to show you how much you inspired me to become a better writer, Land shaker sounds really interesting and i plan on reading it in the future. Good luck with your writing sir.

    • richard harland Says:

      Hi Elissa! Yes, get going writing … the sooner you start, the sooner you arrive! And as for big words – better to save them for being impressive in exams and essays!
      Richard

  6. Elissa-Lora Says:

    Your talk yesterday was compelling, and really urged me to start writing my stories in a more formal and peculiar manner. Im going to stop writing such big words now, the above was just to show you how much you inspired me to become a better writer, Land shaker sounds really interesting and i plan on reading it in the future. Good luck with your writing sir. 🙂
    P.s- Im sorry if the comment has been posted more than once.

  7. Laura and Penny Says:

    hi Richard,
    thankyou very much for your interesting visit an talk with the many students of mackillop college on tuesday. many of us found your stories different to most writers yet much more intriguing to read. personally, i thought the way you read out the extract from your book with great confidence was a way of grabbing the audiences attention and it was funny to listen to and watch your actions, it made us laugh.
    unfortuneately i haven’t had a chance to read your novels before, but after your talk i will definitely go and read one- the world-shaker is the top of my list. all the best with future publishing and i hope you achieve much more success.
    thanks =) penny and laura 🙂

    • richard harland Says:

      Hi Laura, hi Penny! Hope you read Worldshaker and really really enjoy it! I guess it IS different to most of what you’d read – I like that, because I want to do something not the same as other authors have already done.
      Richard

  8. Jessica Sly Says:

    Hey Richard

    Thank you for coming and speaking to us about your newest books- world shaker and liberator. It was very inspirational an entertaining. You have made me want to read books and let me imagination run wild. i am buying world shaker and liberator and am looking forward to see how the story progresses from were you left off. Keep writing god stories because i will keep buying them.

    Keep it up
    Thanks, Jess 🙂

  9. Jess Sly Says:

    Hey Richard

    Thank you for coming and speaking to us about your newest books- world shaker and liberator. It was very inspirational an entertaining. You have made me want to read books and let me imagination run wild. i am buying world shaker and liberator and am looking forward to see how the story progresses from were you left off. Keep writing god stories because i will keep buying them.

    Keep it up
    Thanks, Jess 😀

    • richard harland Says:

      Hi Jess! Yes, I gave you the beginning of the story, but I’ll bet you never guess where it’ll go. I mean, apart from the fact that Col and Riff will get together at the very very end! Some of the characters are good people, others are utterly bad and mad!
      Richard

  10. Danica Blasig Says:

    Hey Richard Harland! I really enjoyed listening to you when you came to Mackillop College- even though it was a while ago. I thought that it was really interesting especially when you were talking about your some of your childhood. When you had finished ready the first part of the book I want to find out what happened next! I thought that it was really exciting!
    Thanks!

  11. richardharland Says:

    Hi Danica!
    glad you liked the talk – because I enjoyed giving it. Here’s a sneak preview bit of info … When I was in Melbourne last week, I talked about the next novel I want to write with my publisher. And yes, it’s more steampunk!
    R

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