Deborah Abela Ooohs….. Action Packed Author Tony Park at Newington Literature Festival!

Deborah Abela Ooohs….. Action Packed Author Tony Park at Newington Literature Festival!


LOVED catching up with author friends from everywhere. Some favourite moments:-

Deborah Abela and Tony Park joking around – adventure African ex-soldier author meets one of my favourite authors Deb Abela

Tristan Bancks was hilarious on the Books for Boys panel except – yuk to his ‘scab’ story!

Maggie Hamilton really makes a difference empowering boys (and girls) – love beautiful Maggie – and when will she give me Reiki again? Maggie has magic healing hands.

Andrew Daddo’s story of writing his 1st book had everyone in stitches.

Dinner at the Hughenden with fabulous award winning Lucy Christopher for his first book – international best seller ‘Stolen’.

Libby Hathorn – so funny dining at the Hughenden when the next table whispers – ‘Is that Libby Hathorn? We named a class at Australia Street Public School Newtown after her!’ The Mum was thrilled to see Libby.  She’s a brilliant author.

So good to catch up with Tim Pegler from Melbourne – cutting edge YA novellist.

Special to chat to Isabelle Carmody  who has flown in from Prague for the festival. She says she’ll be back in Australia in a couple of years.

Newington Literature festival is raising funds for Room to Read – bringing literature to the kids of the developing world.

As an author ambassador for Room to Read, I think Newington is fantastic.

Thankyou to Sean Corcoran Head of English for supporting Room to Read a Newington College charity and to Newington College for embracing Room to Read!

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.


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