In the same travel section was an article on cycling around Thomas Hardy country by fellow Children's author Richard Tulloch, who is a regular contributor. I love his articles (and his books!) - full of humour and wonderful detail. Maybe when I grow up, I can write half as well as him.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I had my first travel article published yesterday in the Sun-Herald (Sydney) Travel section. It was as exciting as getting my first poem published thirty-two years ago... well, almost. All day, on my wanderings around Sydney, I kept looking for people reading the newspaper. Wisely, most people seemed to have better things to do. The article was on the wooden churches of Maramures County in Transylvania - nothing at all to do with Dracula. The churches were built in the 17th and 18th century in reaction to ruling kings forbidding the erection of stone churches. The response of these simple, devout communities? If not stone, then wood. Wood carved and joined and spliced and adorned and sculpted into fairytale edifices that defy not only kings but history. Cathie and I drove around in awe. I regularly stumbled backwards into a ditch trying to photograph all of the tall - eye-poppingly tall - spires.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
ABC Radio and the Australian Script Centre recently ran an online poll for the Best Loved Australian Play. The Top Five plays were announced on Radio National by the convenor of the poll, Gail Cork.
Number One (with 7.8% of the vote) was the adaptation of the Tim Winton novel Cloudstreet (by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo). Coming third (with 7.1% of the vote) was the adaptation of my verse-novel the simple gift (by Sue Dickinson).
Yes, I kid you not.
Above Don's Party; Summer of the Seventeenth Doll; Cosi.
Now, let's not get silly here.
The reason it came in number three was because many many people, unknown to me, who saw the recent production in Coffs Harbour obviously loved the play and decided to vote for it. Kudos should go to the actors and production crew and, of course, to Sue Dickinson, who put so much inspired thought and effort into adapting it to theatre.
the simple gift is not better than the plays mentioned above - it just touched a nerve in the people who saw it - enough for them to want to vote for it.
I hope it inspires Bootlace Productions to continue their wonderful work in regional Australia. Perhaps they can get assistance to tour the production, particularly in NSW, where the book is relatively popular due to it's HSC listing.
Students who like reading a HSC set text? Now there's an interesting notion...
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Front Street Books have just released my YA verse-novel Cold Skin in the USA. It's the fourth book of mine they've published (all in hardcover) and they always do such a wonderful job. I think this is my favourite cover of them all.
To quote from their web-site:-