I’ve been to dozens of book launches, so why do I now find myself with butterflies? Because my own book launch is on this Wednesday at the Stanton Library!
Frankie Fox, my new hero, is just my favourite person in the world. I want to talk about her, and I want to meet readers and students and chat about our favourite books, our beloved characters, and why reading offers such a great escape. The fact that my launch is at the Stanton Library in North Sydney is even more brilliant – it is like a second home to me. I spent much of my childhood hanging around it, waiting for my brother to finish cricket practice across the road at North Sydney Oval. A few years ago, a friend and I did a boxing class religiously outside it at an ungodly hour of a Monday (Monday!!) morning, shadow-boxing in its shadows.
But most importantly, in high school, one of my favourite English teachers (thank you Mrs Dunn) sent off a short story I’d written to the Stanton Library Young Writers Competition (as it was then known). To my excitement and surprise, my story was highly commended – which was enough to start me on the road to believing in myself as a writer, and enough to cement my plan to work with stories and words when I grew up. This year I’m the writer in residence at North Sydney – a dream come true. I have a writing studio where I’m hard at work on new stories, and sharing ideas with other writer friends. All it takes is one small spark to set your creative fires alight – believe in yourself and you can do almost anything.
I would love to see you at the Stanton this week on Wednesday 25th February at 4pm! Come along and learn about the world of Frankie’s spycraft – crack some codes and other tips and tricks of the trade. See you there…and come and say hello!