Year: 2016

At the end of Novem­ber 2016, I had the hon­our of vis­it­ing Pen­rith High School to meet Hellen Jiang and her class­mates in Year Nine. Hellen won the senior divi­sion of the NSW Pre­mier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge Words & Art Com­pe­ti­tion …

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When I was in pri­ma­ry school, Book Week com­pet­ed with Christ­mas and East­er as my favourite time of year. La Sem­ana del Libro felt sacred to this child, for whom sto­ries and sto­ry-telling were indeed a form of reli­gious obser­vance. …

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My first job, when I was four­teen, was as a book­seller for Angus and Robert­son, sav­ing for my first over­seas adven­ture, and through­out the odyssey of my teens and twen­ties I con­tin­ued to work in book­stores, up until the start …

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Today marks the one year anniver­sary of the launch of Empire of the Waves: Voy­age of the Moon Child. To com­mem­o­rate the occa­sion, here are my remarks deliv­ered on that glo­ri­ous night. Thank you to all who have made this …

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Trav­el is what hap­pens when you’re mak­ing oth­er plans. I knew some­thing was amiss as I left the Anand Bha­van. Even as I forced a smile, pos­ing for pho­tographs with a troop of Indi­an Scouts, I knew a mon­ster stalked …

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Final morn­ing in Varanasi. With sor­row, I bid farewell to my new friends in the guest­house, and to that view from the leg­endary Room Twelve. Soon I take a final walk along the ghats, and dis­ap­pear into the smoke-wreathed city. …

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I had the hon­our of attend­ing the NSW Pre­mier’s Lit­er­ary Awards recent­ly. It was a spe­cial plea­sure for me, as my friend and guid­ing star Rebec­ca Young won the Patri­cia Wright­son Prize for Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture for her mas­ter­piece, Teacup, illus­trat­ed …

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Yes­ter­day I had the plea­sure of speak­ing to a won­der­ful group of stu­dents from St George Girls High School and Kog­a­rah High School in Syd­ney. I was there on the invi­ta­tion of two fan­tas­tic teacher-librar­i­ans, Helen Lee and Gail John­ston. …

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Last Mon­day evening I was sweat­ing bul­lets. Still dazed and daz­zled from five weeks in India, in less than a day I would be fly­ing to the Gold Coast for the Som­er­set Cel­e­bra­tion of Lit­er­a­ture. Although I received mes­sages of …

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This train feels less hos­pitable than the last, and some­one warns me to watch my bags. There seem a lot more twitch­ing stares than smiles, and I start to see thieves every­where. In fact, there are almost cer­tain­ly noth­ing of …

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