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Tamworth Country Music Festival

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year! The city was buzzing with dozens of buskers along the main street, and over 70 venues with free entertainment during the 10-day festival. I managed to see at least six performances each day in marquees, pubs, the Town Hall, Regional Gallery & Library, the Services Club and Bicentennial Park, and on my last night I bought a ticket to the McClymonts concert at the Entertainment Centre, which was sensational. I was amazed at how different all of the acts were, with a variety of country music styles on offer. There were some particularly good fiddle and banjo players, which I surprised myself by really enjoying.

The city centre had a great vibe with music everywhere, market stalls in a pedestrian friendly section of Peel Street, and lots of cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants catering for all tastes. It was relatively easy to escape the heat and plenty of shops and stalls where you could buy an amazing array of hats. I loved the festival so much, I'm planning to go again next year. 

While I was in Tamworth I donated a copy of my latest novel, Flying through Clouds, to the Tamworth City Library. I was pleased to find there were already copies at two of their branch libraries, as well as two copies of my first novel, Racing the Moon.

Only eleven months to the next Tamworth Country Music Festival!

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Spotlight On @WritingNSW

Michelle Morgan - Monday, July 30, 2018

It was a privilege and a pleasure to be interviewed by Writing NSW for Spotlight On, a monthly feature article on a member of the Writing NSW community:

https://writingnsw.org.au/michelle-morgan/

Thank you Writing NSW for the brilliant job you do supporting writers!

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Autumn Revel: a celebration of the Arts in Canberra

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, May 17, 2018

AUTUMN REVEL is a free festival of the Arts to be held this Saturday 19 May 11am to 4pm at the Gorman Arts Centre in Canberra.

There will be live music, dance, open studios, art exhibitions, book and craft stalls, kids’ activities and workshops, local food, wine and beer.

I'll be one of the authors selling books at the tables in the courtyard closest to the ACT Writers Centre.

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon will be available at the discounted price of $10 each.

And free Flying through Clouds bookmarks and Racing the Moon balloons!

Hope to see you there!

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Author talk video at Berkelouw Book Barn

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I recently had the privilege of taking part in the Author Talks video project of the Tom Keneally Centre and Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library. While enjoying the peaceful ambience at Berkelouw Book Barn Bookshop & Café, I chatted about my novels for a five minute video that is now available on YouTube:

 

SMSA short videos for more than 50 Australian authors can now be viewed on YouTube.

Many thanks to the SMSA Library and the Tom Keneally Centre for this wonderful opportunity!

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Book ideas for Christmas

Michelle Morgan - Monday, December 18, 2017

Flying through Clouds and Racing the Moon make great gifts for teen readers and for the young at heart.

Buy them online or from your favourite bookshop. You can also order them on my website.

Enjoy!

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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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New review of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

There is a new review of Racing the Moon in the latest Historical Novels Review (Issue 77, Aug 2016).

The reviewer, Cindy Williams, writes:

"Racing the Moon is full of boyhood exploits that kids will enjoy. The short chapters and simple, direct language make it a quick and easy to read. However it also touches on the darker side of life, including bullying, domestic violence and sexual abuse. These subjects are handled with subtlety and could prompt some important discussion for children aged 13 plus."

In summary, Cindy states: "I would recommend it as a great book for teenagers studying Australian history."

You can read the full review on the Historical Novel Society's website.

Thank you Historical Novel Society and Cindy Williams.

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SCBWI Bologna Regional Showcase & Digital Catalogue

Michelle Morgan - Sunday, April 24, 2016

I was in good company in the recent SCBWI Bologna Showcase at the Bologna Children's Book Fair held 4 to 7 April 2016.

Racing the Moon was also included in the SCBWI Bologna Digital Catalogue that was produced to support the Showcase.

The Showcase and Catalogue promote Australian and New Zealand authors who are members of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators who had PAL books published between 2014 and 2016.

Thanks SCBWI !!

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Review of "Racing the Moon" on Bookloons

Michelle Morgan - Thursday, February 04, 2016

I came across a recent review of Racing the Moon on Bookloons. In summary, Jessica Maguire (the reviewer) says:

I really enjoyed this novel and how the author handles sensitive and frighteningly dark topics with both sensitivity and humor. That said, the darkness of this novel makes it most suitable for older readers, ages twelve and up.

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A fun Big Book Day Out 2015

Michelle Morgan - Monday, September 14, 2015

It was such fun at Big Book Day Out yesterday. The NSW Writers' Centre was buzzing with kids, parents, authors and illustrators, all celebrating Australian children's / YA books and literature.

I was on the CBCA Illawarra-South Coast stand with authors, Di Bates and Sandy Fussell, as well as Catherine and her daughters, Erica and Freya, who helped Sandy make amazing balloon animals. Jacqueline Harvey, Lisa Stewart, Tristan Bancks, Ted Prior, Yvette Poshoglian and R. A. Spratt entertained the children on the outdoor stage while the younger children enjoyed stories and craft activities inside the story tent. I loved chatting to kids and their parents about books, in particular my YA novel, Racing the Moon. The kids loved the Racing the Moon balloons and were amazed at the large historical photos I brought along to show what it was like living in Sydney and going to school back in the early 1930s.

Thank you CBCA NSW and NSW Writers' Centre for hosting such a fabulous event!

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