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Starting with Lord Rump

June 16th, 2018

I’m going to the Byron Bay Writers Festival at the beginning of August. There’s a primary school program before the festival proper, so I’m spending a bit of time this morning (and this week) working on my presentation.

One of the things I had a lot of fun with when I talked about The Hidden Series was getting audiences to make up a group story in the middle of my talk.

So I’ve been trying to work out how I can do that with The Rogues, too. And I think I’ve solved it.

The trick is to begin with one of my inspirations and see where else it might go. So with The Hidden Series, I started off telling kids the same story my father told me, about his cousin Norman who ran away from home at the age of sixteen and stowed away on a ship going to the Antarctic.

With this new trilogy, I’m going to start with Lord Rump. He was inspired by a conman I met in Spain many many years ago – a charming, well-dressed elderly gentleman who very successfully fooled me out of some money.

At the moment, the talk is also encompassing the Paris catacombs, the time I was arrested for busking, and the miniature spiders that live among the rocks on kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

Now I just have to get the timing right.

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