Bellingen and bookplates
June 10th, 2014
After five days of swanning around the little town of Bellingen in sandals and shirt sleeves, I’ve come home to VERY COLD nights. I lit the wood heater as soon as I walked in the door, and Harry immediately started purring. Since then he has barely moved, except to roll over so that he can toast the other side. 🙂
Bellingen is a gorgeous little old-fashioned looking town in northern NSW, about 30 minutes inland from Coff’s Harbour.
The nights were coldish, but the days were gorgeous. And the festival was good. I spent the first day at Tyalla Primary School in Coff’s Harbour, talking to a large bunch of kids, then doing writing workshops with smaller groups. The second day I did one talk and one workshop, in Bellingen.
The third day I spoke on a panel about writing for children, along with author Nadia Wheatley – who I met for the first time. And I also ran a workshop for adults who wanted to write for children. That was entertaining – we were talking about research, so I sent everyone outside to lurk in the bushes and pretend they were spying on someone. They really got into it, ducking down behind fences on their hands and knees, and hiding behind trees so they wouldn’t be seen. Afterwards, we came back and talked about it, and then wrote a spying scene. No pictures of the spies, unfortunately!
On Sunday I didn’t have any more workshops, so went to listen to some people talking about crime writing. Bought a couple of books, then flew home. And what should be waiting for me there, than the new Hidden series bookplates! Hooray! The proper ones this time, in very cute boxes.
So if you’d like a bookplate to go inside the front cover of your copy of Ice Breaker (or Sunker’s Deep, when it comes out), leave a comment below and I’ll email you to get your postal address etc.
Here’s what the bookplates look like.
And yes, that’s Mister Smoke and Missus Slink you can see down the bottom, crawling over the machinery. 🙂
I haven’t forgotten about the competition – just haven’t had a chance to organise it yet. I’ll try and get it done this weekend. Keep your eyes open for a new post.
Lian Tanner has been dynamited while scuba diving and arrested while busking. She once spent a week in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, hunting for a Japanese soldier left over from the Second World War. Nowadays she lives by the beach in southern Tasmania with a large fluffy tomcat called Harry-le-beau.More about Lian