November 7, 2014

Young adult author’s visit comes to a close.

No, it’s not a Lord of the Rings post, though as I typed the title, I did think of Froddo, Sam, Aragon and the gang.

Today is my last day in Adelaide as a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellow. Before I arrived I was excited and looking forward to the experience. And I haven’t been disappointed.

The last month has given me the time and space to write my non fiction book and edit, research and polish my next young adult novel, at this stage called Freedom Ride. I say this stage because I am notorious for the trouble I have with titles!

While in Adelaide I’ve been fussed over and beautifully cared for by the supportive committee, dined and coffeed with other authors and explored Adelaide.  I love Melbourne and Geelong, but I have to say Adelaide is right up there with them on my love scale.

I’m leaving with ideas bubbling through my head and feeling refreshed creatively and physically. I am indebted to the MGCLT for providing the opportunity. It exceeded all expectations. As I prepare for ‘re-entry’ as another author friend put it, I’m determined to stick to new routines and habits. Let’s see how that goes!

So the highlights…

  • Adelaide has Graffiti Busters – dead set! It’s written on the side of the ute. I was too slow for a picture.
  • Koala and correct road spotting in the Adelaide Hills.
  • The gardens and stone houses.
  • Funi the Panda sprawled on the zoo window ledge, snoozing.
  • Hearing a first time author talk about her experiences – Marika Wilson (And her gorgeous mum)
  • The Unley library crew and young writers.
  • Fiona Rowe and her Scotch College students and staff. LOVE!
  • The woodduck ducklings at Scotch. It was a take over bid!
  • The snake…which fortunately I didn’t see!
  • Sally Chance and the MGCLT support committee.
  • Dining with the Psychologist For Peace Literature Award committee.
  • The public art all over Adelaide.