Saturday, February 23, 2013

Day 15 in the Burrow

I spent the morning chatting kids literature, writing and picture books with children's author, Katrina Germein over a cuppa and some yummy muffins Katrina had whipped up. Her house is only a five minute walk from the Burrow and the weather was perfect for a stroll through the leafy suburbs. This is the place to own a bike - it's all so flat.
Katrina is one of those people you're glad to have met, not just because you have so much to talk about, but because she's a real sweetheart too.
Myself and children's authors, Elizabeth Hutchins and Katrina Germein
When I returned to the Burrow, I threw myself into my preparation for the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust event at the Burnside Library that night at which I was the guest speaker. Like my blog, I addressed the 'Dream, Journey and Reality' of being a children's author, sharing with the audience anecdotes about my road to publication, the inspiration behind my stories and sample chapters from my works in progress - one I had written only the day before.

The wonderful ladies of the May Gibbs CLT had prepared an impressive spread of finger food and champagne with a bookseller from Dillon's in Norwood selling copies of Pond Magic. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Everyone was so supportive and I felt as if I'd known them much longer than a couple of hours.
I'd like to sincerely thank the MGCLT organisers and volunteers, Sally Chance, Alle Goldsworthy, Mary Wilson and Elizabeth Hutchins together with all the other people in attendance. This is the month of festivals in Adelaide, and with a choice of 900 other events to attend, I am so very grateful  to everyone who came to hear me speak.


Sheryl Gwyther said...

So glad you got to visit Katrina. We met up in Cairns last year on my SCBWI Qld regional visit.
And pass on my very best wishes to Elizabeth too.
Glad to see you are having so much fun down there :)
x S

Angela Sunde. said...

I feel like I will be leaving so many friends behind when I return home. The people of South Australia are so friendly and warm.

Alison Reynolds said...

Sounds a very inspiring time angela. And happy to hear there's a new chapter. Have you been finding it easy to write in a new space away from home?
Alison x

Angela Sunde. said...

Alison, the first week was the hardest settling in etc. I spent a lot of that time sorting through my already written scenes and identifying plot problems. It was good to get all that clear in my head. Then there was a scene that seemed to take me forever to address. But once I was past it and into the action, the words and images in my mind came quickly and fluently.
Now the space feels like home and the desk is actually better than mine.

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Unknown said...

I bet you've had an incredible week Angela. Thanks for sharing. I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Angela Sunde. said...

Thanks for stopping by, Renee. It's been an incredible adventure.