It’s Children’s Book Week. That’s the time of year when authors like myself get to go out of the house, blinking in the sunshine like moles (couldn’t think of an Australian blinking animal. All our burrowing creatures are semi-nocturnal I think. Perhaps I could have said wombat).
Yesterday I visited Sunbury West Primary School. It was a terrific session. The kids had all read Dragonkeeper. I showed them a Powerpoint presentation of things that had inspired me while I was writing the book (no one fell asleep). Then they all asked lots of terrific questions. It was great.
School visits aren’t always like that. Sometimes teachers book me and don’t actually tell the kids anything about me. That’s hard. You’re faced with 50 (or worse 200) bored kids who would rather chat amongst themselves. There are some authors who can get up in front of a group like that and basically do a stand-up comedy session. They tell jokes and read hilarious bits from their books (mainly male authors, there’s a heap of them). I can’t do that (not too many hilarious bits for a start). Often I’m just starting to win them over when the bell rings.
Anyway, Sunbury West wasn’t like that at all.
I have more schools this week, and I’m judging a short story competition.