At this time of year I feel a bit like Dr Doolittle's double-headed llama - his Push-me-Pull-you: looking back through the year that's gone, and looking forward to the year ahead.
Let's start with the year that was:
2017 was exciting and emotional (and exhausting) with the publication of The Scared Book and all the wonderful events and activities surrounding that, as well as the usual supporting friends at their book launches, attending conferences and events, and speaking at schools and bookshops. Here are some collages showing some of what I got up to:
Like I said in my Christmas message, I am profoundly thankful to all who supported me throughout the year in so many, many ways, and to everyone who took The Scared Book of the shelves and into their homes and libraries. Thank you!
On a personal note, my daughter got married last year on a beautiful sunshiny winter's day to the cheery chiming of wedding bells. Here's a photo that also has a graffitied reminder to an anxious Mother-of-the-bride :) Here's a link to the creative photographer.
Don't you love a shiny new year shimmering with all sorts of possibility? I have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline for this year - I'll update you as they draw near.
Something I'm particularly looking forward to this year is visiting more schools. I've updated my presentation information and I'm booked in for a number of school visits this year already - but i'm certainly up for more! If you want an author visit or writing workshop for your pre/school this year, check it out! I even have a PROMOTIONAL deal going at the moment - book a full or half day author visit or writing workshop through The Children's Bookshop Speaker's Agency before July 2018 and get $100 off the full price! So what are you waiting for? I'd love to come to a school near you!
With February hot on January's heals, don't forget International Book Giving Day on February 14th. This 100% volunteer initiative is aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. What better way to say 'I love you' than with a book? In past years I have delivered book bouquets to local aged care facilities for children to read while visiting their grandparents. Check out what other people do on their website and Facebook page. Here's a photo of a Wombat Books bouquet.
So much to keep me busy!
Until next time,