Monday, February 4, 2013

The Fellowship of the Burrow

I'm off to Adelaide this week to begin my Fellowship (May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust) and I've been making lists - packing lists of sundries, writing materials, research notes, character profiles, plot overviews, art supplies, dummy books, sketch pads, portfolio, sticky notes, highlighters, planners, notebooks, workshop notes, handouts, books, laptop, iPad - you get the idea.

And then there's the clothing: for the gym, the 'at home writing', the public speaking, the school workshops, the meet-ups with other writers (read coffee). I've also been told to keep in mind the changeable weather - 16 degrees in the morning, 34 degrees in the afternoon. Which, for a Gold Coaster like myself, means both winter and summer clothes to pack.

Hmm, tonight I begin putting all this stuff into my luggage, and then I'll decide whether I need to pre-purchase another 5 kilo. We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, here's a picture to give you a taster of what I'm working on during my four week retreat.

Now bookmark this page as I endeavour to blog about my experience over the coming weeks as a Fellow of the Burrow in the beautiful city of Adelaide, South Australia.

Any comments or advice gratefully accepted below.


Sheryl Gwyther said...

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful and productive time, Angela. Say hello to The Burrow for me, and also to the lovely May Gibbs people.
And check out the lovely Italian food place on The Parade at Norwood (and the coffee shops, and the ....) :)

DimbutNice said...

There are no more ways I can think of to wish you well, other than I am so so happy for you. Write well, eat princely, dress warmly, and halve your packing (they speak english ok in Adelaide and use the same currency as us here so you can always buy extras if needs be)Oh and I think the botanical gardens in Adelaide + butterfly house particularly charming and worth a visit. The stately plane trees under which to comtemplate where favourites with me. Take a tram ride to Glenelg, have a cocktail at the Grand at sunset for me (Janeen might be waiting there for you!) And please give my regards to North Terrace (the museum and art gallery end) Sheryl is right about The Parade but Yum Cha in the CBD and surrounding blocks excellent too. (if you can handle that food)Above all, simply relish the experience you so richly have earned. Dim x

Angela Sunde. said...

Thank you, Sheryl and Dimity! Hmm, there seems so much to do, how will I have time to write? I've put some systems and planning in place to keep me on track and I am ready to roll.

Michael Salmon said...

1305IsReconAll the best, have fun over there! Cheers Michael

Angela Sunde. said...

Thanks Michael! It's a wonderful environment to be inspired. And the reading material is excellent!

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