I’m so glad I live in Sydney! I’ve had a lovely and very interesting week, starting with the beautiful Lady & Unicorn tapestries at the NSW Art Gallery on Tuesday, followed on Thursday by a really interesting talk from Paul Macdonald at the wonderful Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, telling us about his early life and the joys and some of the difficulties of running a bookshop. Before that was a launch of the new book of poetry for chlldren titled A Book of Stars, with poems from many well-known authors, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations. And after that we heard about new ‘book babies’ from the many talented authors who are members of our northern branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. On Friday I went to the First Friday Club at the NSW Writers Centre for morning tea and heard a fascinating talk given by Daniel Pilkington, Head of Sales at Hachette: of interest to all authors. Another highlight: on Saturday I went to the sublime ‘Thomas Tallis’ England’ concert by the Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir – such beautiful, beautiful music. I wanted them to start over so I could hear it all again! And then a fun outing with son and youngest granddaughter Sunday morning at the monthly ‘Frozen’ concert at the Hayden Orpheum in Cremorne – loads of excited kids all dressed up as their favourite Frozen characters to meet ‘Elsa’ and then singalong and watch the movie. (Photo of Elsa holding Elsa, Ana and Olaf dolls.) Great fun!

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