So much to tell you…
I’m sitting in a clean, brightly lit apartment in Subiaco, WA as I write this. I’m on the second day of a three week tour of schools and things feel like they’re off to a good start. What is it about being in WA that always makes me feel like blogging? Maybe being away from my regular domestic routines is a big part of it. One of the up sides of travel is that your brain shifts into a different gear. Some regular routines are abandoned and others become easier to maintain.
The list of things that I haven’t blogged about grows longer, not least the fantastic Canberra launch of ‘India Dark’. I took my camera along and then completely forgot to take pictures as I was caught up in the pleasure of the event. It was held at Asia Book Room, one of my favourite bookshops in the world. The crowd was lovely and Anthony Eaton spoke so eloquently about ‘India Dark’ and put everyone so at ease that the evening became like an informal party, with the audience asking questions and Tony and I discussing the book and the whole complex business of writing truth, fiction and history.
Since the Canberra launch I’ve spoken to thousands of school students and at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. I’ve also been fiddling with a couple of small projects, trying to keep up with my emails, and endlessly preparing for talks and workshops. Hopefully, while I’m in WA, I’ll squeeze in some time for more blogging. Stay tuned.