Book Month fun

It has been a fun month – but then New Zealand’s Book month always is.  First up I got to be part of a panel of writers talking to high school pupils.  The kids came from throughout Dunedin and the event was held at King’s High School.  Kyle Mewburn (of Old Hu-Hu fame), Dunedin crime writer extraordinaire Vanda Symon and I answered questions such as what it is like to get a bad review, how much money do we make and where do we get our ideas from.  We answered most of the questions truthfully. (Mostly!)

The following week we got to hold workshops with groups of pupils from the schools and covered story ideas, characterisation and voice.

And finally, last Friday, it was the night to welcome the new University of Otago arts fellows.  Kyle is replacing me this year and I wish him all the best.  It was a wonderful night at the Hocken Library and great to catch up with everyone.

Phew!  Is now time to get some writing done!

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