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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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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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Queensland Launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, May 04, 2017

FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS was launched in Queensland at Dymocks Brisbane on 24 April and at Broadbeach Library on 26 April.

Both launches included author talks and readings, with lots of questions from enthusiastic audiences.

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Launch of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS In the Hunter and New England

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, April 22, 2017

I've had a wonderful time this week chatting to enthusiastic readers at book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS at Muswellbrook and Quirindi Libraries, and at Reader's Companion Bookshop in Armidale.


It was such a pleasure to talk about my new novel and to discuss books with teenage and adult audiences. I was made to feel very welcome, and the atmosphere at each venue was relaxed and informal. Signing copies of my books is always such a buzz.

I look forward to the next leg of my Book Tour in sunny Queensland, with launches at Dymocks Brisbane on 24 April and Broadbeach Library on 26 April. Heading down the coast, I'll be running a YA writing workshop at Lismore Library, and giving author talks at Grafton, Port Macquarie and Taree Libraries. I'll then head home for a well-deserved rest!

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Writing Workshops and YA Book Club

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Another busy week of the Flying through Clouds Book Tour with events at Better Read than Dead Bookshop in Newtown (Sydney) and Shoalhaven Libraries on the beautiful South Coast.

I was the guest author at the YA Book Club at Better Read than Dead and enjoyed discussing Flying through Clouds and other YA books. I was so pleased that Arielle Gamble, the cover and layout artist of Flying through Clouds was able to come as well.

My Author Talks and YA Writing Workshops at Nowra and Ulladulla Libraries were attended by lots of bright and budding authors. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and it was a delight to talk about my new novel and to run the Writing Workshops. Thanks to all!

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Book Launches for FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, April 09, 2017

It's been an amazing week with book launches of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS in Bowral (Southern Highlands), Canberra and at Gerringong (South Coast).

 

It was heart-warming to be surrounded by family and friends at the Bowral launch of Flying through Clouds at Bowral Art Gallery on Saturday April 1. Marie Fitzpatrick from The Bookshop Bowral was the MC, Maryanne Williams launched the book then I gave a talk about the book and did a reading. The catering was mostly a family affair with friends pitching in to help as well. Thanks to all for making the Bowral Launch such a special occasion.

The Canberra Launch on Wednesday 5 April at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka may have been a smaller crowd but they were a keenly interested audience, asking lots of questions after my talk. Canberra features in a couple of chapters of Flying through Clouds, and I've been a frequent visitor to this beautiful city over the past 20 years, so it was a special event.

The South Coast launch of Flying through Clouds was a few days later on Saturday April 8 at the amazing Gerringong Museum. An exhibition of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's landing of Southern Cross on Seven Mile Beach, which I first saw at the museum four years ago, was one of my inspirations for writing the book. Seven chapters of the book are set on the South Coast at the time of Smithy's landing in January 1933. Thanks to Helen, Matt, Bobbie and the Gerringong & District Historical Society for hosting the event, and to the enthusiastic audience, some of whom have relatives who were there on Seven Mile Beach when Southern Cross landed and took off the following morning on the first commercial flight to New Zealand.

I look forward to all my upcoming events on the Flying through Clouds Book Tour, with events to come in Sydney, Nowra, Ulladulla, Muswellbrook, Quirindi, Armidale, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Lismore, Grafton, Port Macquarie and Taree.

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Author Visit to Telopea Park School

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, April 06, 2017

I had the pleasure of talking to Year 9 students at Telopea Park School in Canberra this morning about my new historical novel for young adults, Flying through Clouds.

They were a great audience and asked such interesting questions. I interspersed historical photographs in my presentation to give the students an idea of what it was like to grow up in Australia in the 1930s.

With heartfelt thanks to Year 9, Library staff, English teachers and my enthusiastic helpers from Narrabundah College!

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Flying through Clouds Book Tour

Michelle Morgan - Friday, March 10, 2017

After the launch of Flying through Clouds in Bowral on 1 April, I'll be heading off on a Book Tour. I'll be following in the footsteps of my main character and visiting several places mentioned in the book. The Book Tour includes Book Launches, Talks and Writing Workshops:

1 April – Bowral Launch – BDAS Bowral Art Gallery 5pm (Bookings are required)

5 April – Canberra Launch – Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka 6pm

8 April – South Coast Launch – Gerringong Museum 2pm

11 April – Sydney Launch & YA Book Club – Better Read than Dead, Newtown 4.30pm

12 April – Book Talk & YA Writing Workshop – Ulladulla Library 10am; Nowra Library 2.30pm

19 April – Hunter Launch – Muswellbrook Library 11am

20 April – Book Talk and Launch – Quirindi Library 11am

21 April – Book Talk and Launch – Reader's Companion, Armidale 4pm

24 April – Brisbane Launch – Dymocks Brisbane 6pm

26 April – Gold Coast Launch – Broadbeach Library 10am

27 April – Book Talk & YA Writing Workshop – Lismore Library 5pm

28 April – Book Talk and Launch – Grafton Library 11am

1 May – Book Talk and Launch – Port Macquarie Library 4.15pm

2 May – Book Talk and Launch – Taree Library 3.45pm   

Hope to see you there!
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Another fun Children's Literary Lunch

Michelle Morgan - Friday, August 12, 2016

It was a privilege to be one of sixteen guest authors at the 2016 Children's Literary Lunch organised by CBCA Illawarra South Coast Branch. The 120 local school students and their teachers / librarians were an enthusiastic audience. I was lucky enough to be on a table with eight amazing students and their Teacher-Librarian from St Columbkille's Primary School in Corrimal.

After signing booklets and handing out bookmarks, postcards and other publicity material, the authors gave three minute presentations about their books. In my presentation I talked about Racing the Moon and billycart races, and then read an excerpt from Chapter 3, which is all about the Glebe Billycart Derby.

Tony Flowers entertained the kids after lunch with his amusing stories and simple illustrating techniques.

Many thanks to CBCA Illawarra South Coast Branch for organising and hosting this special event at the newly renovated Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow.

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Byron Writers Festival 2016 highlights

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, August 11, 2016

It was a wet and windy three days at Elements of Byron in Byron Bay for the Byron Writers Festival 2016, but what an amazing program and range of authors.

So many sessions to choose from with six concurrent sessions from 9am to at least 5pm every day, not to mention two literary dinners.

Annabel Crabb was in fine form in her conversation with Chris Hanley. Her witty insights into political shenanigans brought gales of laughter and tears to the eyes. Annabel was joined by other political journalists, including Kerry O'Brien, Sarah Ferguson, Leigh Sales, Nikki Savva and Paddy Manning, all of whom have written books on political subjects in recent years. Their forensic discussion of recent events and players was fascinating.

Being a YA author, I was keenly interested in what authors such as John Marsden, Anna Feinberg, Nick Earls, Damon Young and Tristan Bancks had to say about their novels and writing process. Other authors that contributed to lively literary discussions, include Thomas Keneally, Debra Adelaide, Charlotte Wood, Anna Funder, Kathryn Heyman, Emily Maguire, Drusilla Modjeska, Kate Forsyth, Louise Doughty and Dominic Smith, all of whom gave thoughtful insights into their books and writing.

Something completely different was Archibald Prize Unwrapped, in which Rosemarie Milsom did a great job keeping the loquacious barrister, Charles Waterstreet in check while encouraging her introverted and talented artist brother, Nigel Milsom, who won the Archibald in 2015 with his stunning portrait of Charles Waterstreet.

My favourite sessions were Feminism Now and Indigenous Lives through Women's Eyes. Anne Summers did a brilliant job as chair of Feminism Now, allowing the younger feminist writers, including Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Melanie Joosten and Emily Maguire, to voice their concerns and individual viewpoints. You couldn't help but be impressed by their lively discussions and thought-provoking arguments.

The Indigenous writers were just as impressive, with Melissa Lucashenko chairing and contributing to the discussions with Delta Kay and Tara June Winch. Their love of Aboriginal culture, story and writing was inspiring. After hearing Tara read from her beautifully written novel, Swallow the Air, I went to the bookshop marquee and bought the book.

Mary Ryan's Books did an amazing job selling books at the festival. The bookshop marquee was often busier than the food and coffee stalls.

The sky was blue and the sun was shining when I left Byron Bay, inspired by all the wonderful authors I'd met.

Many thanks to the organisers, sponsors and volunteers who did an amazing job.

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