Well, this was a first, and hopefully won't be a last. On the weekend, I travelled to Blackheath for my first Writers' Retreat, staying at the very beautiful Glenella. This weekend had everything - gorgeous accommodation, exquisite food, an open fire... but these faded into insignificance compared to the company. Writers from everywhere (Sydney, Canberra, Perth!) - all as passionate about kid-lit as each other. And then there were the guest speakers! Tohby Riddle and his thoughtful, intuitive approach to his work; the smiliest author in the industry - Matt Cosgrove; the extraordinarily talented Pip Harry; and Claire Halifax, publisher at Walker Books.
A huge thanks to Zanni Louise for pulling this altogether. (No easy feat!)