School visits, real and virtual

September 6th, 2012

Path of Beasts comes out in Australia on October 1st and in the US on October 9th. Later in October, I’m going to Sydney and Brisbane to visit some schools. I don’t yet know which ones – the publisher is organising it.

But what I wanted to say was this – if I can’t get to your school, because you’re somewhere else in Australia, or in the US, or anywhere else in the world, don’t forget that we could always organise a VIRTUAL visit. It’s not the same as a visit in person, but it’s almost as good (and better in some ways, because I could show you where I write, and maybe get my cat to join in the conversation). And of course you could still talk to me, and ask me questions, and I could talk to you and your class about imagination and the river of ideas that flows around the world, and how to dip your hand into it and catch an idea, the way you might catch a fish.

If you’d like to do this, talk to your teacher or your librarian, and get them to send me a message by leaving a comment below. Then I can email them and we can set something up.

0 thoughts on “School visits, real and virtual

  1. Lilli says:

    OMG I have been waiting for this day!!!!!!!!!!!

    I need to ask my librarian first but this is AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Lian says:

      Let me know what your librarian says, Lilli. I’ve never done a virtual school visit before, but I reckon it could be fun.

  2. Hannah says:

    Wow that would be so cool!

  3. Celeste says:

    Hi Lian, I am going to ask our Librarian Amanda to help me organise a virtual visit. I volunteer in our school Library and I think a lot of kids will be interested. I can’t wait until October to read the third book. I love this series. I am a Girl Guide and the Jamboree in 2013 is in Tasmania and I will be visiting Southern Tasmania. I hope I see your beach.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Celeste, thanks for the message. I do hope your librarian will agree to a virtual visit. As for the third book, it is getting so close! Only two weeks now before it will be available in Australia. In three weeks it will be out in the US. I’m really looking forward to it. And when you come to Tassie you must certainly come and have a look at Lauderdale beach. It’s an excellent swimming spot.

  4. Rachel says:

    That would be fun! I would be cool to talk to you… and your cat! It would be nice to see your cat too.

    1. Lian says:

      IF she will agree to appear on camera, of course. She is very shy!

  5. Rachel says:

    aw πŸ™‚

  6. Lily says:

    Hi LIan that would be the experience of a lifetime! As soon as school startes up again I will bother the librarian (Who im good friends with) to set up a virtual vistit.

    1. Lian says:

      It’s going to be very interesting to see what these virtual visits are like. Having blithely said I’ll do them, I have no idea whether they will work or not!

  7. Lily says:

    Lian, I’m stuck! my charecters haveprepped for thier journey and are heading through to danger but the danger is unknown to me . . . I don’t know what they could do!?!?

    1. Lian says:

      Lily, what you have to do is think about what will challenge these particular characters the most. What sort of people are they? What are their strengths and what are their weaknesses? The sort of danger they are heading into should be something that will make them grow in some way, or teach them something. For example, if someone is a really good sword fighter, and all that happens is that they get into lots of sword fights, that’s actually fairly boring, because we know they’re going to win. But what if that same sword fighter is afraid of cats? And the person they are fighting knows that, and uses it in some way. Then it suddenly becomes a lot more interesting, cos the sword fighter is going to have to overcome that fear – and there’s always the chance that they’ll lose. So find out a bit more about your characters, and what they’re afraid of, or what they’re not very good at. Then toss them into exactly that situation, and see what happens!

  8. Lily says:

    You just gave me a great idea! The main charecter has lived in a castle all her life with nothing but luxury . . . how well would she do in famine? In a tents buzzing with mosquitoes?

    1. Lian says:

      This is a really interesting story premise, Lily. Your main character is going to be challenged in so many ways, and is going to have to change a lot to deal with her new circumstances.

  9. Lily says:

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  10. Lily says:

    I hope Mrs. Lippis, (Roslyn Lippis) the Librarian at my school gets on soon . . . I really wanna see you again! CAT EMPIRE RULES!

    1. Lian says:

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  11. Lily says:

    Common, Mrs Lippis! πŸ™

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