So many photos. Hard to choose just a few. But here goes anyway…
In the Green Room, Melbourne Writers Festival, with fellow panelists Neil Grant, Majak Daw, and Debbie DeLaps.
Signing after another session with Carole Wilkinson.
Writers’ lunch in Sydney, with Justine Larbalestier, Deb Biancotti, Deb’s partner Chris, and Steven Dunbar. (Scott Westerfeld, Libby Gleeson, and Melina Marchetta had already departed. Margo Lanagan was bodily in Ireland, but with us in spirit.)
At the beautiful Queensland State Library, with the standard for the Brisbane Writers Festival–a heart made entirely of books!
A slew of Madelines? No–the booksigning queue, with Australian students in school uniform!
University of Queensland Press: my AWESOME Australian house! Kristina Schulz, children’s publisher, and Meredene Hill, marketing manager.
On to Indonesia:
At Jakarta International School (JIS), librarians Liz Smilie, Kate Hodgson, Leslie Henry, and Matt Schafer did an amazing job preparing for my visit–along with the staff, administration, and especially the teachers and students!
One of several banners made by the library staff.
Presenting to students at PIE/JIS Elementary School.
Librarian Leslie Henry, PEL/JIS Elementary, with the terrific wall of READ posters featuring individual students!
With the Creative Writing class at JIS High School.
Meanwhile, my husband was off on adventures of his own….
…touring a trashpickers’ community…
…playing a little soccer with the kids there… (with thanks to Adi Imanuddin for those two photos)
…and painting a room at the House of Hope orphanage.
A few last images of a magical trip:
Floral offering on Bali.
Boat kite from Bali, now hanging in our bathroom.
And finally…remember the welcome banner at the school? Go back and take another look at it. The librarians had it recycled–into a gift for me:
BEST. TOTE BAG. EVER.