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.