Crystal Kite presentation

Another highlight of the SCBWI Conference this year was receiving the 2011 Crystal Kite Award for There Was an Old Sailor. I’d known about the award, but since it’s to be presented at the National Conference, I had to wait until this year to receive it. That meant I was able to share the stage with  Norman Jorgensen and James Foley author and illustrator of ‘The Last Viking’. Photos were taken.

and I did say a word or three …

Here are the pictures …

The barque James Craig. Research for a project. The volunteer aboard couldn’t have been more helpful, although even he eventually abandoned us to have his lunch.

Launching Catriona Hoy’s ‘The Little Dinosaur’, her gorgeous new picture book.

Catriona talking about the genesis of her dinosaur story.

Callan Park, which once was a psychiatric hospital, but now is (at least in part) home to the NSW Writers’ Centre.  

In Tasmania now, Catriona and I making watermarked paper. Don’t we look like professionals?

Twas a coolish night in Burnie, but lovely to sit and watch this view while sipping a sherbet.

Some Burnie foreshore residents.

Our accommodation for the night. Catriona and I each had a fully fitted, two bedroom apartment. Luxury!

And then in Launceston, a four-poster bed! In a cottage called Bonnie Doon.
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Home again, home again jiggedy jig

I started the new financial year at a run. Actually I started a couple of days early, but who’s counting? First there was the SCBWI conference in Sydney, then Newcastle for a few days. Back home for three nights then Catriona Hoy and I were off to Tasmania to present at two conferences and University of Tasmania, before the Tasmanian launch of ‘The Little Dinosaur’. Home again for two nights (actually only about 1 1/2 coz it was a really early start Monday) then off to Canberra yesterday for a day trip.
Phew! Glad to be home again but each of those outings was productive, informative and above all, fun.
Here are some pics …

well … um … there WILL be some pics as soon as my son gets home. He’s built me a fabulous new computer and it’s super-fast and super-fantastic. It’s just that some things are different and I’m not quite sure how to resize pics for posting.

Until then, there’s just this one … Catriona and I en route to Burnie