A Week in the Life of a Writer

A Week in the Life of a Writer

Love my author friends visiting. Hazel Edwards flew in from Melbourne to give the keynote at the Society of Women Writers (SWW) literary morning tea at the beautiful State Library in Sydney.

Libby Hathorn, Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abelat John Woods' launch Feb 2010Drove Hazel and acclaimed poet and author Libby Hathorn to the State Library, to hear Hazel’s talk as well as murder mystery novelist  Robyn McWilliams.

The wonderful president of the SWW Maria Hill stepped down and acclaimed author Sue Woolfe has accepted nomination … talks, committee meeting and coffee and great comraderie. Love it.

Next stop is picture book LULU.

I had the pleasure of launching the beautiful picture book LULU written by Georgie Donaghey- at Sutherland Library – to a huge crowd with lots of authors like Sandy Fussell, Deborah Abela, Bill Condon, Di Bates and many more .. with party cakes and games and celebration of LULU.

Then onto a flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast to give the keynote for the 25th Anniversary of the Gold Coast Writers Association – thankyou to the President Angelika Heurich who welcomed me and it was very nice to be collected in a limo.

It was a fantastic event with a beautiful lunch and passionate authors. Shared thoughts about writing with Robyn Archer OA – writing to create a safer world. Was especially moved by swapping stories with Kay Danes who survived a Laotian prison and torture.

GOLD COAST WRITERS Association with Kay Danes and Susanne gervayhors 2015 1Film morning catching up with Nicole Hannson whose script on Australian war brides is timely and important. Then had lunch with producer of GLITCH – coming next week – Ewan Burnett who is a great film maker and person.

Loved the award ceremony for FROM DAWN TO DUSK where schools and kids competed in taking photos of the area – the ceremomny was held in the United Church Paddington which is covered in artworks. Louise Elsing did a terrific job organising the evemt  …

Now organizing WRITERS in the PARK to be held on the People’s Park – Centennial Parklands.

So exciting with Susan Wyndham literary editor Sydney Morning Herald, Centennial Parklands, SCBWI, …. and most literacy and literature organisations and many more – all on board to create a literary festival for the people in the People’s Park.

Phew …. need a rest … but the life of a writer is never boring and we have the joy and privileges of working on what we love..

I better get back to writing my book -Louie at the Hughie.

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

1 Comment

  1. Sandy Fussell 2 years ago

    You are the one of the shiniest stars in the Oz kid lit galaxy.

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