My apologies for the long silence. We were touring Britain and Iceland for six fabulous weeks and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since! This includes the great day I spent down the south coast of NSW at the CBCA Illawarra Literary Lunch last week: an event organised by Jane Pretty and her wonderful team to bring over 150 students together with authors, illustrators, poets – and even a fantastic rap artist! I was lucky enough to spend time with students from St Columbkille’s School – a wonderfully talented and eager group of boys and girls who asked lots of questions and also tackled their writing and drawing opportunities with great enthusiasm and skill. Well done to you all! The story was a combined effort and incorporated exciting adventures with dinosaurs and magical powers – hugely creative, and a great credit to both their school and Paula, the lovely librarian who accompanied them. I’m now gearing up for several more talks but now that I’ve got our holiday photos organised, I’ll also be posting (and showing pix) of some of the magical, historical and beautiful places we visited during our time away – with a picture of a troll to start you off!