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Help support Indigenous Literacy

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day and support Indigenous literacy in Australia, I'll be donating 50% of my website and event sales of Flying through Clouds from 6 to 14 September to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. 

At 12 noon today, as part of Australian Reading Hour, I'll be chatting to TAFE and university students at Moss Vale Campus Library about the process of writing Flying through Clouds.

 

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Upcoming literary events

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

On Thursday 24 August as part of Children's Book Week 2017, I'll be presenting to Year 5 and 6 students at St Paul's Primary School, Moss Vale: How history inspired me to write my latest novel, Flying through Clouds.

On Wednesday 6 September at 12 noon, as part of Australian Reading Hour, I'll be chatting to TAFE and university students at Moss Vale Campus Library about the process of writing Flying through Clouds.

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Goodreads Giveaway for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 18, 2017

To celebrate CBCA Children’s Book Week 2017, there will be a Goodreads Book Giveaway of my new vintage YA novel, FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Flying Through Clouds by Michelle  Morgan

Flying Through Clouds

by Michelle Morgan

Giveaway ends September 04, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

For a chance to win one of eight signed copies, enter the Book Giveaway on Goodreads anytime from Monday 21 August to Monday 4 September. Good luck!

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CBCA ISC Children's Literary Lunch 2017

Michelle Morgan - Monday, August 14, 2017

It was another fun Children's Literary Lunch at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong last Wednesday. This annual  event is organised by the Children's Book Council of Australia Illawarra-South Coast Sub-branch. 

I joined 15 other authors and illustrators, and an audience of nearly 200 students and teacher-librarians for a fantastic day filled with stories, books and drawing. I had the privilege of being the guest author at a table of students and their teacher-librarian from Port Kembla Public School.

The morning program consisted of three minute pitches from the authors and illustrators. I donned a woollen scarf and 1930s flying goggles to deliver my pitch about my new novel, Flying through Clouds. After lunch, we were entertained by Adam Murphy with his sketching techniques and stories from his time working on films such as The Lion King, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

Thanks CBCA ISC for a great day!

 

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Literary events at Woollahra & Gordon Libraries

Michelle Morgan - Monday, July 31, 2017

Enjoyed chatting about my indie publishing journey with SCBWI authors & illustrators yesterday at Woollahra Library:

I also joined other HNSA authors on Wednesday evening at Gordon Library to discuss our latest Australian histfic novels:

 

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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS eBook available in more formats

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, July 13, 2017

You can now read and download Flying through Clouds eBook in more formats and from a range of online suppliers:

Amazon Kindle

iTunes

Kobo

Nook (Barnes & Noble)

Smashwords 

Try a free sample before you buy!

 

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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS is now on Amazon

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, July 13, 2017

For book lovers living outside Australia, Flying through Clouds is now available in paperback on Amazon or can be ordered online from other international suppliers such as Book Depository.

In Australia, Flying through Clouds can be ordered from your local bookshop, online suppliers such as Booktopia or on my website.

Enjoy!

 

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Literary events in July

Michelle Morgan - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I'm excited about these literary events in July:

Wednesday 26 July Gordon Library (Sydney) 6 to 8pm - Wings into History: how the past inspires historical fiction – Four authors talk about their works and shared themes (Historical Novel Society of Australasia event)

 

Sunday 30 July Woollahra Library (Sydney) 1 to 4pmQ&A with A&U (SCBWI event):

I hope to see you there!

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Reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

I'm very pleased with the reviews of Flying through Clouds that have been published so far. I got off to an excellent start when Jackie French read a review copy and loved it, then she allowed me to include her quote on the cover and inside the book.

‘Superb! Adventure combined with a deep understanding of our history - and some of its most exciting bits.’

(Jackie French, back cover of Flying through Clouds)

Bill Condon also read a review copy and his full review was published in Buzz Words. Here is an excerpt:

‘Read it for its accurate depiction of Depression-era Sydney. Read it for a rattling good story; it’s highly recommended.’ (Bill Condon, Buzz Words 13 Feb 2017)

Quotes from other recent reviews:

'...the description of time and place lifts it and gives Flying through Clouds a good grounding in this part of Australian history.' (Emily Clarke, Reading Time 13 Feb 2017)

‘A heart-warming family story…evokes the time and historic setting vividly by including real events.’ (Lyn Linning, Magpies March 2017)

'The background of the novel is wonderfully realised, with readers able to sink into the surrounds of Sydney in the 1930s...' (Fran Knight, ReadPlus 13 Apr 2017

Many thanks to the reviewers, journals and websites!

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FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS Literary Events on the North Coast

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, May 06, 2017

Following the Gold Coast launch of Flying through Clouds, I headed south to Lismore Library for a YA Writing Workshop. Lismore was still recovering from a devastating flood but the Library was open for business. It's hard to believe that only a few weeks earlier there had been 1.5 metres of water on the ground floor of the Library. Several keen budding authors turned up for my workshop.

I left Lismore early the following morning and drove to Grafton Library, a beautiful new building with lots of natural light. At this talk, I incorporated a Powerpoint presentation of historical photos to give the audience a feel for Australia in the 1930s, when Flying through Clouds is set.

After spending a relaxing weekend in Coffs Harbour, I headed to Port Macquarie Library for a High Tea literary event, where I talked about my writing process and the challenges of writing historical fiction for young adults. The High Tea event was a great success with more than 20 people attending.

The final venue of the Book Tour was Taree Library for another book launch and author talk, with lots of interest in my research and writing processes.

Many thanks to my host libraries for organising and promoting these events and for your warm welcomes and delicious teas. I hope you all enjoy reading Flying through Clouds!

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