Central Coast NSW

In October this year I had the pleasure of touring the Central Coast area of NSW, courtesy of the local branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Over the course of five days I visited seven schools, two bookshops, a library book club and a Teacher-Librarian networking event. And I even managed to squeeze in a little sight–seeing, some writing and a bit of Pokemon GO playing. It was a jam-packed week and heaps of fun.

Thank you so much to the Children’s Book Council of Australia – (NSW) Central Coast Sub Branch, and particularly to Lyndall Coles who was the mastermind behind this book tour.

I loved every minute of this tour — from signing books for readers to meeting the dedicated teachers and librarians at the various schools — but there are a couple of highlights I wanted to share on my blog.

During my presentation at Our Lady of the Rosary School in Wyoming, one of the teachers, Sarah Evans, did an on-the-spot illustration of one of the zombie bunnies from You Choose: Maze of Doom. Such an awesome pic! And a lovely surprise to be presented with the illustration at the conclusion of my visit.

I visited Warnervale Public School, presenting to the Year 4 classes. Sadly the Year 3s weren’t able to attend. Knowing that they were going to miss out on seeing me, they wrote me cards and letters. It was such a buzz being handed this massive pile of mail at the end of my visit. I read each and every one of those cards and letters when I got home. There were quite a few questions, so I answered them in an email that I sent to their teacher.

Book tours are an aspect of my job as a writer that I adore. The opportunity to connect with readers is simply wonderful. I look forward to more touring in 2018.

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2 comments on “Central Coast NSW

  1. Lyndall Coles on said:

    It was a pleasure hosting you on the Coast. Our inaugural author tour outside of Book Week and you were a knockout! Thank you for coming along and inspiring our student and teachers. We all look forward with great anticipation to your new series and wish you much well deserved success.
    I’d also like to say it was fun showing the Coast off to you, seeing you sight see and hearing your thoughts on our little slice of heaven. I’ll be in touch again. Ha ha!

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