So this evening I was extremely lucky and honoured to be invited to a special pre-screening of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.
The best part?
GOING TO THE PAN MACMILLAN OFFICES FIRST :D
And so after uni I headed over to their Melbourne offices and was immediately greeted with a huge bookcase inbuilt to the wall, packed with lovely Pan Macmillan books.
Then, I was met by the lovely Hayley and ushered into the offices.
And book posters.
Today is the first day of uni for many a uni student, such as myself.
For easy reading between lectures and textbooks, here is a poem by the brilliant Cath Crowley.
Yet again Cath has struck a cord with me with this beautiful poem about words and drunkness (ahh, perfect for a uni student!).
*Reposted with permission
drunk words and mini quiches
I snuck into the corner
To eat the dictionary
While you were
In the toilet
Because I'd only understood
Review: The Valley of Blood and Gold by Tony Palmer
'I'm a daughter of my homeland. We're Irish. It's all we need to know.'
'This isn't Ireland, Niamh.' Kilkenny Pat cut through her words. 'It's a new country. Even the English aren't English here.'
It is 1854 and Ballarat is teeming with miners, dreamers and rebels. On the eve of the Eureka Stockade battle, Fintan Donovan is fighting private battles of his own. Torn between his Irish upbringing and his friendship with an ...
Today was the launch of Sally Rippin’s fantastic and beautiful book, Angel Creek.
I had been looking forward to today since I got the invitation, and it was everything I hope it would be and more.
I arrived a bit late because a) I under-estimated the time required to travel and b) there was a protest in the city and all the trams stopped. Alas, I (finally!) made it in the end!
It was held at The Little Bookroom in Carlton.
(Speaking of The Little Bookroom, I dropped by their brand new city store before the launch and it is lovely. Just lovely. This is going to sound stupid, but I really love their shelfing. ...
So, some of you may have heard of A Thousand Words. And some of you may not have.
The most important part of that?
I'm going to be appearing!!
Yes, you read right!
My second time being on a panel (the first being The World Science Fiction Convention) and it will be at this fantastic children's stories festival.
Saturday 24th of September 2011:
“The internet and the rise of social reading”
moderating the panel “Young and fresh – how to become ...
Yesterday, I saw Sophie Cunningham at The Wheeler Centre.
It was a part of the Lunchbox/Soapbox series - it's the first time I've been to one of the series. (And also now the last, as I had uni at the times it's on :( )
A little naively and stupidly, I thought they would be standing on an actual soapbox, out the front of The State Library. I had all these visions in my head.
Yes, stop laughing. I am an idiot. I accept that.
Lunchbox/Soapbox: Sophie Cunningham - Still Shocking
People hate dealing with change. Alvin Toffler’s 1971 Future Shock outlined ...
Author Interview: Lisa and Laura Roecker
Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a love of all things Young Adult. Some call it arrested development, but the sisters claim it keeps them young. Plus, its cheaper than Botox. Lisa and Laura live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. THE LIAR SOCIETY is their first novel.
The Liar Society:
Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)
I'm here…sort of. Find Cameron.
I shouldn't be writing.
To demonstrate my point, here is the cast of Pretty Little Liars:
This is Aria. She is one of the main four girls.
She is also sleeping with their English teacher, Ezra Fitz.
Aria's dad goes to a parent-teacher interview with Ezra.
Aria's dad doesn't like Ezra.
Back at home, Aria is trying to figure out why her dad doesn't like him.
(The audience knows it's because her dad thinks he likes
I learnt a valuable lesson late on Sunday night. It was approximately eleven pm and for the first time all weekend, I checked my emails.
I mean properly checked them: read them, replied.
I vaguely checked them on my mobile (more to see if I had any blog comments) but generally speaking last week I was off the grid.
I had good reasons too: on Saturday, my ex-techie-housemate Mark came over and fixed a whole bunch of things on my computers. He is pretty rad and can fix anything! Hoorah!
After that, I had one of my best friend's 21st.
Author Interview: Felice Arena
Felice Arena is one of Australia's best-loved children's writers. He is the author and creator of many popular and award-winning children's books including the Boyz Rule series, the Girlz Rock series, Wish, Bravo Billy, Breakaway John, Dolphin Boy Blue, Mission Buffalo, the Farticus Maximus books and, of course, the Specky Magee books.
Felice is the co-author of the hugely successful Specky Magee books, which, as we all know, I went to an event for them last week.
Felice recently answered the following question for Lit Life:
1. You briefly mentioned the writing process you and Garry use - can you talk ...