Thankyou to Canberra for Welcoming ‘Always Jack’

Thankyou to Canberra for Welcoming ‘Always Jack’

The ACT Libraries are great supporters of authors. They put on a warm and wonderful launch of ‘Always Jack’ at their Woden Library in Canberra. THANKYOU!!!!!

Really appreciated a crowd from the launch joining me at The Forrest Hotel for dinner. It was a lovely dinner and also special to look out towards our magnificent Parliament House. 

Barbara Branxton made a great effort to drive from Cooma to come. Barbara is one of those librarians who has helped move libraries into special places with book nooks, computer links, celebratory designs. 

Loved her being there.

Loved seeing old friends who have been part of my writing life.

There were some moving moments as I spoke about ‘Always Jack’ and its power to ‘make it safe for children, parents and the wider community to talk about cancer.’ (Cancer Council)

One radio interviewer said that she wished she’d had ‘Always Jack’ when her mother was going through it.

A young mother with 3 children thanked me, because she’s been looking for story to read to and with her kids. ‘There’s nothing out there for them’ she said.

It was a celebration. Thankyou Canberra.

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. Hazel Edwards 7 years ago

    ‘Always Jack’ is a significant book and i look forward to the Melbourne Launch at Watsonia Library this coming Sunday 24th, 3-4pm

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