Voila!

Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:49 pm
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For my next trick, I will now break a glass into the washing up. Oh, wait, that was my current trick. Okay, for my *next* trick, watch as I gingerly search for the pieces in the soapy water amongst the other washing up.  Farewell Vegemite jar glass. 
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The interview was on the ABC radio program Overnights, about my book Crime Time: Australians Behaving Badly. I have to take my hat off to those folk who do this nearly every night and act as if it's the middle of the day! They're amazing. That's both the presenter, Trevor Chappell(no, not the cricketer!) and the producers.

Was it worth getting up in the small hours on a weekday? You bet! And I had already told my daily organiser at school that I was going to go back to bed and sleep in. She was fine with that - I have plenty of leave and I don't have classes on Monday anyhow. She even wondered why I was coming in at all, but I have things that need to be done. which can't be done at home.

So, what was it all about? My lovely publisher Paul Collins arranged it. He did an interview about something else a couple of weeks ago(his own version of Henry Lawson's dog-themed stories). They asked him if he could recommend someone else and he recommended me. Which goes to show how right I am to believe you will always get more support from small press than large.

He sent them a copy of my book(which I think they will be giving away to a listener who rang to ask how to get a copy for their children) and I really believe it was read, or at least skimmed.

Then I heard from a producer who said they were interested in doing the interview this morning. She suggested I focus on the Batavia story and the nineteenth century stories, which I did, and made voluminous notes, just in case. You never know, and it has been a while since I wrote this.

So, I got up at 3.30 a.m to make sure I was awake enough to be able to answer questions. I put on the kettle for honey and lemon - I've been sick recently and still have a hacking cough, which I hoped a hot honey and lemon drink might soothe, at least during the interview.

I kept a copy of the book beside me just in case... and sure enough, some questions were about later chapters, but no big deal.

There were questions about the stories themselves and about how you go about choosing stories for a children's book on this subject and how much you have to leave out - and I had no problem with those. Mr Chappell seemed to get it that this is storytelling as much as fiction, and we discussed that too.

To my delight, one of the talkback listeners referred to a story about "an elderly woman, I don't remember her name, who poisoned her family..." which gave me the excuse to talk about Caroline Grills and how I'd once met a member of the prison staff of the time, who called her "such a sweet woman!" despite knowing exactly what she had done. And about how I had once told a bunch of kids too young for the book about "the very naughty nana... I bet your nana wouldn't do that!"

Really, this was such a good promotion, and the presenter was pleasant and relaxed and chuckled a lot at the colourful characters in my book.

I am very happy to have done it. If you're interested in hearing it, here is the link:

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/overnights/crime-time-australian-true-crime-for-kids/8629676
I don't know if it will work outside Australia, but give it a go. I'm going to download it from iTunes and save it to my computer.


And here's the Ford Street website!

http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/ford/index.php/ford-street-titles/books


Have a great day, readers!

Snow in Perth

Jun. 21st, 2017 04:57 pm
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Perthites! Check out the snow forecast at https://www.onewordforsnow.org/    I might try to see it next week.
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Happy Winter Solstice for everyone, like me, in the Southern Hemisphere. From here, things can only get brighter. 
(In Perth we'd prefer the rain though)

In the Northern Hemisphere some places have such bad winters, some creatures and plants hibernate. Here, we have such bad summers some of our creatures and plants aestivate, a wildlife worker once said to me he considers Summer to be like Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, everything just hunkers down, trying to survive.

Winter here is a time of life. The Black Swans ( Mali ) (the only swan native to Australia so I don't know why we keep saying "black" geez how Eurocentric are we?) will be starting to nest, the Wardongs (crows) will be pairing up and it's a good time for Yongka (Kangaroo).'

Also, here come the nasturtiums! And weeds. And on the endemic botanical front, Purple Flags.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 10:22 pm
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In front of 936 people and 11000 Gold Coast supporters, who appear to need to hear a jingle every time the Suns kick a goal, proving just how many Kiwis there are in Queensland

CARLTON
12 11 (83)

def

GOLD COAST
11 7 (73)

VENGEANCE IS SWEET

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 Monday [personal profile] rdm decided to take a TOIL and we dusted off the kayaks and hit the water.  This is absolutely the best time of year - Djeran is persisting through much of June - and the afternoon shading into twilight on the middle reaches of the Swan River are a beautiful place.

For those that came in late, our Hobie Kayaks have the leg driven, highly efficient Mirage Drive, which leaves your hands free. My sore, swollen ankle from last Monday held up pretty well. 

*edit* I don't know how the videos below look to you but I've successfully copied and pasted the links into an incognito window so it should work for you as a workaround until if/when I can get it sorted.







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