book reading at The Children's Bookshop

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Home, safe and sound, after a five-day literary pilgrimage. Have come home so contented, I can't stop smiling, even if it's on the inside.

I had so much fun at The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft (Sydney) last Friday. This is a place I've wanted to go to FOREVER and can I just say, it didn't disappoint. Owner Paul Macdonald has a stunning store and fabulous space for events and workshops and author visits. The room you see in these pictures contains photos and drawings and ephemera from an eye-popping array of literary talent. Placing my hand on original Oliver Jeffers and Bob Graham and Davide Cali artwork was indeed a religious experience.

Paul has such a passion for children's literature and literacy, it's utterly palpable. He's an immensely experienced teacher and purveyor of fine written work, and it felt really special to be sharing my work with the very lucky kids who frequent his store.

After a fabulous musical intro by the lovely Theresa (above), I read Riley and the Grumpy Wombat, followed by a glimpse at Australian Story (the book was well above the audience age level, yet the children were still totally engaged - props help!)

As usual, I'm never afraid to ham it up in my Julia Gillard wig (despite boos from the crowd!). It's such a fetching shade of red, non?

Warmest thanks to Paul and his lovely staff for having me, and to Theresa for helping tame the masses (not that they needed it) and also agreeing to be Captain Cook for a short while (above left). A big hello to the talented Nina Lim for dropping by with her gorgeous young daughter - and thank you to these gorgeous kids for making children's book writing so worthwhile.

More on our Sydney/Wollongong trip shortly!

1 comment:

Nina Lim said...

It was a fabulous morning! And isn't Paul fantastic? So impressed! Thank you for creating such a fun, happy and exciting atmosphere for the kids!!

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