This Writing Life Begins Again

After eight months of illness – my own and my son’s – there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. I am writing again and two days ago did my first school visit for the year. I even made it to an Illawarra South Coast function last night – the annual Christmas dinner. The speaker was the wonderful Kate Forsyth whose lifelong enthusiasm for writing never fails to inspire me. She brought along the exercise book stories she wrote in primary school. Whenever I hear Kate speak I wish I had a life in stories like that. My discovery of myself as a writer is a more recent thing.
Kate talked a little about her forthcoming book, Bitter Greens, based on the fairytale of Rapunzel and the life of  Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force credited with the earliest version of the fairytale in her story Persinette. I love historical fiction and this sounded like a fascinating combination. Unfortunately I have to wait until it is released in 2012.
It has been an inspiring week all round. At Windang Public School I met kids who love to read and teachers who support them through reading programs and literature circles. At Windang, some teachers and students give up their lunch hours for books!
And finally, this month I am blogging on the Christchurch Library blog

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5 responses to “This Writing Life Begins Again”

  1. Welcome back to the writing life and world, Sandy. Glad to read that the light is back. Very best wishes for continued good health for you and your son. Chris

  2. Dee White says:

    Wonderful to see you back, Sandy.

    The kids’ book world needs you:)

    Dee xx

  3. The best news of all is that you’re writing again!

  4. Helen Bush says:

    It was great to have you at our school, Sandy- truly inspiring. The kids loved it and even some complete non-borrowers have asked to borrow “white Crane”. Your books were always very popular but I now have quite a reservation list for them all. We can’t wait for Book 7 to be published! Thanks again from everyone at Windang Public.

  5. Thanks. It’s so good to be writing and back in schools.

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