What a magical night! The ferry ride across our glorious harbour with critique-buddy-extraordinaire Sharon Dalgleish set the tone for an evening of listening, learning and writing. Hosted by the delightful Zanni Louise at the Coma Gallery in Darlinghurst, this Soiree was a fundraiser for Room to Read - an organisation devoted to a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. The special guest was award-winning author and Scholastic publisher Rebecca Young in conversation with Zanni. I really appreciated Rebecca's candid, honest and humble account of the inspiration behind her books and their subsequent success. She also provided some great insights of the publishing industry and how the day-to-day work environment has changed since covid.
We also heard from a volunteer for Room to Read, had a musician provide a rendition of one of Zanni's books, and we even participated in a writing workshop.
Big thanks to Zanni for such a special evening.