Tuesday morning began with a breakfast catch up at our hotel with the irrepressible Felice Arena, author of the Specky McGee and Andy Roid series of books, among others. Fleech lives just around the corner and so it was great to be able to meet up. He was heading off on Wednesday morning to Sydney for the Newington Festival with lots of other authors including Michael Pryor, Susanne Gervay and Deb Abela.
Zoe and I then headed to Kew. I had been looking forward to visiting MLC in Melbourne for ages. It's a school with a big reputation and I wasn't disappointed. The architecture is stunning and the girls, more so. I spoke with the children from Year 3-5 in their library and had lots of fun. They were such an enthusiastic audience and I would love to visit again and stay longer! Their librarian, Mrs Ricchini was so welcoming and clearly loves her job.
Henk from Dymocks Camberwell had the book sales in order and it was great to be able to sign books for the girls and meet them individually too.
After MLC we drove around the corner to find a cafe for some lunch and also came across a Readings Bookshop. The staff greeted us warmly and I signed a pile of books before we headed off to another school I knew a little bit about - Korowa Anglican Girls' School at Glen Iris. When I was the Director of Development at Abbotsleigh, we had worked on a new prospectus and in doing so, it's usual to peruse those of other schools. The Korowa prospectus is beautiful and I really love their 'I can. I will.' motto - it's very clever and beautifully executed.
We were shown to the Junior School library and greeted by an enthusiastic group of primary girls, literally brimming with excitement. They asked lots of wonderful questions and I was treated to some gorgeous gifts that the girls had made of posters about Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose. Mrs Dean had certainly prepped the girls well and they were so excited - which of course made the afternoon very exciting for me and Zoe too!
A Bookish Adventure
I started this blog to document an extended trip to the US and UK in 2012, introducing children to my Alice-Miranda series. It's hard to believe that it's just on four years since we launched the first Alice-Miranda title - and now there are nine books out in Australia with another five still to come. When I first came up with the idea of this precocious seven and a quarter year old, I had no clue that she would take me on such an amazing journey, not only in Australia but also across the world. I visited 37 schools while we were away in 2012 and gave over 80 talks - it was fantastic. In 2013 I've been on lots of new adventures in the UK - visiting schools from London to Southampton, Lancashire, Scotland, Newcastle and back to London again. After that I headed off to meet readers in Singapore. In Australia I've been to Melbourne, Perth, Albany, Alice Springs and Brisbane. There's a new series too - about a gorgeous little girl called Clementine Rose. She and Alice-Miranda don't know each other yet, but they will soon.