Month: March 2016

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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In Cal­cut­ta, I wake to the news that my teacher and friend Rod­er­ick West has died, tear­ing a hole in my heart. Yet such was the man’s intel­lect and spir­it that he always seemed eter­nal, so it is not so …

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