Off to India!

November 19th, 2010

I’m off to New Delhi the day after tomorrow, to the Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival. There is going to be an astonishing array of authors from India and around the world, and the workshops have wonderful titles like ‘The Parable of the Lost Post Office’ and ‘Friends, Fish and Foul Smells’. The whole thing runs from the 14th to the 28th November, but most of it is on the weekend of the 27th-28th.

Hobart's Mt Wellington, taken from Sandy Bay

I’m hoping to see a bit of New Delhi while I’m there, and I’m staying on afterwards to catch a glimpse of the Himalayas. Mt Wellington, which is the mountain I know best (it’s just behind Hobart and its Aboriginal name is Unghbanyahletta or Poorawetter), is 1270 metres (approx 4000 feet), and I have a great desire to see something MUCH  BIGGER! So  I’m going up to an old hill station called Jilling Estate, which promises birds, deer and the occasional leopard, as well as quiet walks and a view of Nanda Devi. Sounds like my sort of place.

Incidentally, I am flying Qantas. With all their recent scares – engines falling off etc – I figure they should be the safest airline in the world right now!

7 thoughts on “Off to India!

  1. Georgia says:

    Hey Lian,

    its Georgia again. Hows New Dehli? didn’t crash land anywhere? i hope the plane trip went smoothly! now the real reason i commented again is to ask for a bit of your help. For school, as i am doing your book, one of my tasks is to make a showbag on the book. now i have a few things but i am stuck. so i was wondering what you would put in a showbag for the keepers.i would love to have some of your ideas



    1. Lian says:

      Hi Georgia, I love the idea of a showbag. Tell me what you’ve got in it so far and I’ll suggest a few more things.

  2. Georgia says:


    in it i put a quiz, a book on the 3 methods of concealment, keys to the dirty gate, the STAFF ONLY door, and cells in the house of repentance. i put goldies blue bird brooch, the keepers book itself and olga ciavolgas wind handkerchief.

    hows india!! i hope you are having a great time and that you are meeting many great people.. and kids.


  3. Georgia says:


    sorry i keep on messaging. i must be a real pest! but i was thinking that instead of you waiting for margaret telling you my request, i thought of a better solution. as you can get my email as its required, would you be able to email me and then i will ask you. i would ask ypou here but it requires my address and id prefer to takes precautions. i understand if u don’t wish for this to happen, i know i would be hesitant. think about it any way


    1. Lian says:

      Hi Georgia

      that’s very sensible but this computer won’t let me do it for some reason. (I just tried.) I could do if I was at home. I like the things you’ve got in the showbag so far. How about adding a human skull, a black feather, a ball of string and a lockpick?

      India is totally ASTONISHING. There is no place in the world like this. Went to my first school this morning and it was good. The kids are really nice and they call me ‘ma’am’.

  4. megha says:

    hey!……i met u 2day at d bookaroo festival………….liked ur interactive session.finger tlk ws amazing 2. plannin 2 buy d book……….seems vry interestin

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Mega, glad you enjoyed the workshop. I was really interested to see the sort of fingertalk messages that people came up with. Hope you enjoy the book!

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