Friday, April 23, 2010
What I'm grateful for April 22,,,
1. CSU ALBURY : I am so, so, so grateful to the Murray School of Education for the invitation to deliver the Bob Meyenn Lecture at Charles Sturt University in Albury. Aside from being able to talk to an interested audience about Indigenous literacy, it was wonderful to touch down in Wiradjuri Country once more. It had been 12 years since I lasted visited the town, and now I can’t wait to go back.
2. ALBURY COMMUNITY: It is normal for me to be anxious before a public speaking event. And so I am always grateful for warm, inviting and generous audiences who make my job on stage easier. The Albury community at the Henry Nowik Auditorium last night made my job a breeze. After a welcome to country by Aunty Nancy Rookes and her great grand-daughter Tjanarra I delivered my lecture and then had the chance to mingle with the locals. In short, I had a ball. The pic above is of Judy and Catherine Cue who were both reading my novels and are part of a community reading group where once you’ve read a title you write your name in the cover and pass it on to someone else. I like it that everyone shares and each reader can see who else has read the book for future conversations. Of course, I like people to buy my books also :)
3. ZED BAR : Who would’ve thought that Australia’s #1 Regional Bar was in Albury! Well it is. I’m grateful for the opportunity to visit there, get a pic taken in the cane chair (see above) and talk to locals and visitors who had also been at the lecture. If you’re in Albury check it out, but be prepared to yell, the DJ was obsessed with having the music so loud it was deafening, even though after 11pm there were only five people there (ok, so we were the last to leave!).
4. GEORGIA MACGUIRE: Ms Georgia came to hear me speak and then chauffeured me from hall to bar to hotel. Thanks Ms G, I am grateful not only for that, but for sharing some time with me and ‘the chair’!
5. LEMON MERINGUE CHEESECAKE: It is true that as part of researching for Manhattan Dreaming I ate a lot of New York cheesecake (well a lot of everything) and I thought I’d tasted some of the best in the world. Well, STOP PRESS! I do believe that last night’s dream dessert of lemon meringue cheesecake with clotted cream and lemon oil was close to the best cheesecake I have EVER eaten. Served at The Atrium Restaurant in the Hotel On Olive, the smoked chicken salad beforehand was pretty deadly as well. I am grateful for such wonderful desserts. So what if I have to spend an extra three hours in the gym! (Thank you CSU for a wonderful meal also!).