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!