I have spent the past few weeks on the road talking books, storytelling and creativity with kids and teens from Tasmania across the Strait and all the way up the east coast to Brisbane. It's a tiring, valuable and rewarding part of being a children's and YA author. A great opportunity to throw around ideas, test-drive new material and connect with humans who are intelligent, creative and still free.
Above is a rainbow in central Tasmania on the drive from Hobart to Launceston. It captures something of the sense of hope and escape that I feel when talking story and cracking open the creative process.
|Brainstorming our fears on the whiteboard.|
|Extraordinary waterfall at the unforgettable MONA Museum in Hobart.|
|Discovered on the walls of Cranbrook Junior School in Sydney. Love it.|
|Logan Libraries in Brisbane did a mad month of sci-fi-related events.|
|People-watching and writing in a cafe on Brunswick St, Melbourne.|
|At Essendon and Penleigh Grammar School with students and the lovely and dynamic librarian, Frances Eames|
|I spent an afternoon signing books in the bowels of Melbourne's State Library of Victoria. Love nothing more than knowing kids will be reading them.|
|Very cool school pens at Hillcrest Christian College on Melbourne's outskirts. I had a brilliant day at the school. |
And they gave me these pens. I promise.
|Lots of time in the air. Many notes scrawled in notebook. Altitude seems to inspire.|
|Students at Brookfield State School in Brisbane.|
|A note handed to me by a student after a session. It still puts a smile on my face.|