I am halfway through a schedule of four events in less than 7 days. Not that I’m thinking this is necessarily a heavy speaking load, but it is taking some planning.

You might think I can use a single talk for all of them, but of course life isn’t like that. And that’s okay, but I’ve needed to make lists and pack bags early to be sure that I have the right resources for each.

Yesterday I visited a lovely local school. The initial brief was that I’d be speaking for an hour with a group of Yr 1&2s who have just completed their unit on writing narratives. That grew to include all the preps, and then on the day, there were also some Yr 4s! Flexibility is the name of that game!


Today I was a Books in Homes Ambassador at a school about 40 min away. This time the audience was the entire school body and the duration, 15 minutes. Afterwards, I and three representatives of the sponser Mainfreight, had the lucky job of personally handing out bags of books to students.

There were too many students to photograph, so here is a picture of one of the occupants of the tank in the reception area.


Tomorrow I’m at a library about half an hour away, doing storytime for an hour, for a group that is currently unnumbered but could be around 100. Preschoolers mostly and their siblings and carers.

And to round out my week, on Tuesday next, I’m guest speaker at a Christmas in July event at a RSL club north of the city. I have no idea of numbers but I do know which book I’m talking about.