Dromkeen Literary Lunch

Last Friday I was invited to be a member of a panel of authors and illustrators at the annual Dromkeen Literary Lunch. For those who don’t know Dromkeen is a lovely colonial homestead at Riddells Creek in Victoria which houses a collection of original illustrations, artwork¬†and manuscripts¬†from Australian children’s literature. Statues of characters from favourite books are scattered around the grounds.

The other panel members were author John Heffernan, illustrator Heath McKenzie and author/illustrator Roland Harvey. The panel was chaired by Kaye Keck, Dromkeen’s Director.

It was a gorgeous day and we had a lovely Australian themed lunch in a huge marquee. My favourite statue was, of course, the dragon. It was sculpted by Tessa Wallis and commemorates the founders of Dromkeen, Joyce and Court Oldmeadow.

20 responses to “Dromkeen Literary Lunch

  1. That sounds great! Hoped you enjoyed it.

    I’m not very happy because I have a stye in my eye, I’m going to the doctors so they can get it out. I asked Mum what they were going to do and she said, “Oh, don’t worry, they’ll just poke the stye with something sharp to squeeze the pus out.” That made me feel so much better (sarcastic).

  2. Hello? Where is everyone?

    Well, anyway. No offense Carole but I’m going to start reading the series of Monster Blood Tattoo.

    Time for a change anyway, I haven’t read a different book I’ve never read for a while, unless you count “Rangers Apprentice- by John Flanagan” (Also good).

    What I always do when I finish a book/series, I start reading a Harry Potter book (they never get boring) until I find a new one.

    Which means, I’ve pretty much read all the Harry Potter books about 7 times each, apart from the sixth (my favorite) I’ve read about 10 times, also apart from the seventh (that’s pretty good) is behind all the other ones I’ve read it four times as it came out only a year and a half ago.

    But one day I will have to admit the series is over and there is nothing I can do.
    J.K Rowling deserves a peaceful life, and I think you do too when you are finished with writing.

    The bad thing about J.K Rowling is she never wrote anything- different to the “Harry Potter” series. I have always hoped that she, like me will have moved on from “Harry Potter” and write something way different to that.

    The good thing about your writing is the fact that you have a wide range of books. I will eventally read that Egypt series (forgot what it’s called) as it looks good, but “Dragon Keeper” will always be my favorites of all your books.

    Woah! I have pretty much written an essay now that I look at it. YAY! I didn’t have to get my sty out, they just gave me some ointment to put on it.

    P.S. I think Mum was kidding.

  3. Pizza,
    I hope your eye is better.
    I certainly don’t get offended when people read other books! The Ramose series is my series of books set in ancient Egypt.
    I’m not ready to give up writing yet. Not by a long way.
    Now, you can’t demand that people comment. They are free to comment or not as they wish. People have got other things to do, especially at this time of year. And they don’t always comment on the most recent blog either.

  4. I think you are right about the dragon statue.I would probaly say that its my favorite.Anyway I hope you had fun!


  5. NO offense to anyone who likes Hua a lot but everytime I read any of the DRagonkeeper series I have a desparate urge to whack Hua with something long and hard, like a newspaper roll. It’s infectious!Sorry, people.
    PS Kai is my real name, no joke

  6. Glad you like the dragon in the memorial sculpture Carole. It is the Dromkeen Dragon.
    Dragons are so expressive.
    Dromkeen has a Dragon Club.
    If your readers would like to know more, they should pay a visit to Dromkeen.

    Love your books. Congratulations
    Thanks also for the Lit Lunch blog.

  7. does ping actually mean duckweed? i checked my dictionary, but couldn’t find anything. which accent does it have?

  8. HI,Carole Wilkinson
    we were wondering how you came up with, to writing the book Careless Wishes.I Paris thinks it is ok but I am not really in to it!!!
    I Claudia think it is a wonderful book but it
    is abit old timing book 4 grandparents
    We really hope we did not hurt your feelings!


  9. Paris, Claudia,
    the book was inspired by my great grandfather’s second wife, who was not Chinese but had a Chinese name. I just tried to imagine how that came about.
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about books. My feelings are not hurt!

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