Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Narelle Oliver’s travels

November 16, 2010

More news from the road this week with Narelle Oliver landing safely home from a trip to Urandangi which is here:

And looks like this, after it rains:

“Urandangi State School has two resident pet kangaroos – Beanie and Stella (rescued as joeys by the teachers and now sporting disposable nappies and very happy),” says Narelle, “They hop around the school some days like extra students.” Here they are, Beanie is the one Narelle is feeding.

We want one!



Ubud Writers Festival 2010

October 21, 2010

Lauris was lucky enough to skip some dodgy Melbourne weather and make her way over to Bali for the Ubud Writers Festival Oct 7-10, 2010. She reports back:

Amid tropical rainstorms, Balinese rice paddies, delicious food , and some stellar international authors – a stimulating and inspirational four days.

Some of the best moments:

  • Listening to Booker winner Anne Enright with Caroline Baum on avoiding the cliches of being Irish
  • Christos Tsiolkas who said his most despairing moments are when he realises that the sword might be mightier than the pen – because there is still so much suffering in the world – but then remembers how much great writers influenced him and so reaffirms his faith in writing
  • Shane Maloney remarking that his hotel could have been a set for a James Bond movie
  • Australians Jon Bauer and Nam Lee spotted zipping through the streets of Ubud on motorbikes


Rob with author Cate Kennedy and her daughter Rosie


The festival was amazing, it was great to catch up with everyone and every session I made it to was a lot of fun. But perhaps the absolute highlight of Ubud 2010 for me was leaving the opening night party and sharing a cab with the legendary Louis de Bernières! (And yes I did give him a business card…just in case.)

– Lauris

Andy Griffiths, John Marsden in the blogosphere

September 13, 2010

Tye Cattanach, librarian at Manor Lakes College, has blogged about the Andy event she hosted as part of The Very Bad Book Tour. A short extract:

It goes without saying that Andy Griffiths is an absolute ROCKSTAR and a very nice man!

For over an hour Andy had 670 children and their grownups and teachers in stitches and hanging on his every word.

Read Tye’s full post here – includes photos of the event! Andy is still on tour, heading to Perth tomorrow to do events at Campbell Primary School in Canning Vale and Christ Church Grammar in Claremont.

Meanwhile, John Marsden has written about his appearance at the Nambucca Heads Film Festival for National Film & Sound Archive. The NFSA booked John through us to accompany their screening of Tomorrow When the War Began, which opened the festival. John writes:

We walked into a highly-charged totally-positive vibe at the sold-out Nambucca Heads Cinema and I signed books till I could barely remember how to spell my name.

John’s full post is here. In addition to local schools here in Australia we’re very excited to be sending John to Malaysia later this month, where he’ll be speaking to staff and students at a number of International schools.