Archive for October, 2013

2 Pics

October 28, 2013

A couple of pics, one from the Readers Cup night on the Sunshine Coast –Richard Harland & guitar68k
(The steampunk guitar on the screen behind me was an inspiration for Song of the Slums – I love it almost as much as my own guitar)
Here’s my own guitar at Friday’s school visit to Freeman College.DSC02664
It was like old times revisiting Freeman and Dom Shalalo – she used to organise a big literary festival every year and invite a whole gang of authors to give talks. Squeezed out of existence by more and more demands on the timetable, alas.

More schools

October 24, 2013

I remembered to take my camera today – so after missing out on photos of Clancy yesterday, I had a few taken today at Good Samaritan College, Hinchinbrook.
And here’s a photo from the Reader’s Cup presentation on the Sunshine Coast – the winning team from St Johns receiving the trophy for their school (as well as their individual cups), along with Ann-Maree, their teacher and coach and librarian!
St John's and Ann-Maree winners

Money here, money gone!

October 22, 2013

Rats! My bank balance just lost over $3,000! I got a phone call today from a school bursar to say they’d accidentally made two payments to me that should have gone to someone else – and could I kindly transfer it back. Alas, it was all true, it was never my money … and I did the good citizen thing. But still, it hurts to be suddenly down $3k!

Steampunk steams in at OLMC

October 21, 2013

I did school presentations at Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta today – boy, was it hot in the afternoon. Had to take a different-to-usual route to avoid Picton Road that had been closed because of bush fires. Some of the library staff are really getting into steampunk at OLMC – well, Jacinta’s already been collecting some wonderful jewellery, and Gabby’s caught the bug, starting with a steampunk display and extending into costuming. Here’s Jacinta on the left and Gabby on the right – some of the jewellery needs a close-up pic that I don’t have.
A great day overall (thanks, Christine) – except that I got horribly lost on the way back! I couldn’t follow my GPS because it (Karen the Voice) wanted to take me via the highway that was closed.

Readers’ Cup, Sunshine Coast

October 19, 2013

Just back from the Sunshine Coast, where I was the author/presenter for the Reader’s Cup. What a great concept – and apparently it’s starting to take off everywhere. You have a team of four from each school, and they’ve all read the eight texts (which this year included Song of the Slums). The teams have to write out and hold up their answers to questions about the books – it’s like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire or Trivial Pursuit. And some of the questions were so difficult! I couldn’t have answered some even on my own book (like, What was Astor’s home address when she was growing up as a child? Answer: 26, Shoe Lane, London Town) But the students were brilliant, and it was so much fun, first the heats, then the finals.
I did a talk between the heats and finals, and presented awards to all the finalists at the end. I meant to have some photos taken of the event, but I forgot – so I’ll have to wait till I receive some that other people took. The only photos I took were of the view from the hotel where I was put up, the Ramada at Marcoola.Ramada