I’ve had a fairly quiet first half of the year in terms of speaking… which is a good thing, I suppose, given how many writing projects I’ve had on the go. But things are hotting up. I’ve had a string of bookings recently, with more on the way.
Three days during Book Week have already been taken, with talks at Mooroolbark College and Springvale Library, and a lecture for the “Encounters With Writing” subject at the University of Melbourne. So if anyone out there wants me for Book Week — there are only two weekdays left.
But things are kicking off this week, which is both Education Week and Library and Information Week. As part of Education Week, I’ll be visiting Gordon Street Pre-school to read some of my stories and talk about being an author. As part of Library and Information Week, I’ll be at the Craigieburn Library Literary Festival along with numerous other authors to run some writing workshops with local students.
Then there are a variety of other gigs coming up. As a Books in Homes Role Model, I’ll be visiting Hastings Westpark Primary School to talk about the importance of reading. Mentone Library, Write Away With Me Master Classes and a visit to Buln Buln are also on the cards. The upcoming release of Gamers’ Rebellion also means there will be promo gigs on the horizon as well.
But what am I looking forward to most at the moment? Continuum 9! Continuum is Melbourne’s annual spec fic and pop culture convention. If you’d like to find out a little about it, check out my Literary Clutter post. I’ll be doing a variety of things over the four days of Continuum 9 (7-10 June). I’ll be doing a reading, participating in a debate, launching my new novel, Gamers’ Rebellion, and hosting SFQI (a spec fic reinterpretation of Stephen Fry’s famous quiz show, QI). I’ll also be appearing on the following discussion panels:
- New in 2013
“Debuts and new titles coming out in 2013. Come and hear the authors talk about their work.” With Danny Fahey, Richard Harland, Amie Kaufman and Cat Sparks.
- The Happiness Patrol: Squee v Hate
“Think Doctor Who jumped the shark when it went into colour? Wish Rose would come back forever? Do you have very strong feelings about Amy Pond? Join us for a fight to the death! Or, um, until we agree to disagree.” With Liz Barr, Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Julia Svaganovic.
- Reboots and Retcons
“/Reboot/: to trash all known series history and just start over. /Retcon/ (retroactive continuity): to “discover” new events from series history that supposedly always happened. Some consider rebooting and retconning simply helpful ways of freshening up a mature comics, TV, or film series. Others consider them big frickin cheats. Discuss.” With Lucy Baker, Nicole Canal and David McDonald.
- Melbourne’s YA novelists
“Melbourne is overflowing with talent, but we’re especially blessed with lots of YA writers. Come and see them talk about their work, and how Melbourne influences their writing.” With Sue Burstynski, Paul Collins, Amie Kaufman and Michael Pryor.
- Silence in the Library
“No horrible monsters in this library, just a lot of books about Doctor Who! Fans and contributors to recent anthologies talk about their work, and the other stand-outs in the special subgenre of Books About Who.” With Liz Barr, Ben McKenzie and John Richards.
- So You Want To Get Published
“An introduction to getting short stories and novels published in the contemporary market.” With Paul Collins, Amie Kaufman, Jason Nahrung and Dirk Strasser.
One of the reasons I like going to Continuum (and there are many) is that I get to talk about Doctor Who as well as my writing. And Doctor Who is just the coolest thing ever! Want to come along? Check out the Continuum website for more info.