The Melbourne Writers Festival will soon be here and I am making several appearances.
Melbourne’s Hidden Dragons Walks
Let me open your eyes to the preponderance of dragons in Melbourne’s public spaces, from stone guardians to festive silken mascots. Along the way, I will share the mythology of these fantastic beasts and their abiding presence in storytelling. The walk finishes at the Chinese Museum and includes afternoon tea.
Walks begin at the MWF Box Office, Federation Square.
1pm Saturday 25 August
1pm Sunday 26 August
1pm Saturday 1 September
School groups or individuals can come and see me speak at the Festival.
Another Time, Another Place
Why do worlds long past still fascinate readers and writers today? Join Newbery Medal winner Linda Sue Park and myself as we talk about our stories set in 12th century Korea and Ancient China.
12.30 pm Tuesday 28 August, ACMI Cinema 1
Dragonkeeper: Blood Brothers
With recently released Blood Brothers, my Dragonkeeper adventure moves to third-century China, when the glorious Han dynasty is a distant memory. In this dangerous time, tribes of barbarian soldiers fight over what was once the Empire and the young dragon Kai searches for a dragonkeeper. Is it to be Tao, the novice Buddhist monk?
11.15 am Wednesday 29 August, ACMI Cinema 2
In a single battle at Fromelles in World War 1, more than 5,000 Australian soldiers were killed or wounded. The impact of the war on the home front was no less traumatic. Robert Newman, winner of this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Young Adult Fiction, and I will talk about our different approaches to telling stories of the Great War.
12.30 pm Thursday 30 August, ACMI Cinema 1
Tickets to all these events are available here.