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4 May 2005 ·

lecture at Chisolm Institute

This has been one of those weeks with lots of the admin sides of being an author: setting up the blog; sending out info about the Nim’s Island competition; filling in forms and contracts – and also giving a guest lecture in the “Industry Overview’ subject at Chisolm Institute in Berwick and Frankston (Victoria, Australia). It’s a great opportunity to meet so many people who are serious about a profession in writing or editing, from first year university students (one of whom brought me Ark in the Park to sign! She’d got it for her 9th birthday, so it was quite special to be signing it ten years later and know that it had been loved for all those years. At the other end of the spectrum there were a few grandparents, who were determined that it was about time to follow their dream and start writing.

Another highlight of the week was reading a draft pilot script of Paradise Palace, and hearing about the meeting when it was pitched as a network series. (In Los Angeles, a bit far for me to pop in) The script was very funny! Maybe it’ll go ahead, maybe it won’t – but it certainly won’t if we don’t try. I’ll let you know what happens.

In fact, it was quite a busy week for projects. I signed a contract for an Aussie Nibble: Too Much Stuff, which will be illustrated by Kerry Millard and published in 2007. It seems a long time away! However, two other books will be come out in Australia in between – and I’ll tell you more about them next week.

Happy reading

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio