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2 May 2007 ·

great week, great end to it

I had such a lovely week as a writer in residence at Minimbah; it’s always good to meet the kids you write for, but spending a week in one place lets you interact a whole lot more, and in a more relaxed way, than the typical whirlwind visit. I love seeing what kids come up with in a workshop, and seeing how many different ways one story seed can develop – and what greater honour can a writer receive than to start reading a story to a restless group, and see them settle into rapt silence right to the end.

So I came home Friday evening feeling tired but satisfied, and found my advance copy of the Australian editions of Nim at Sea, and Nim’s Island with its beautiful new cover. What a thrill! Even having to go back to work on a few copy-editor queries for the American edition couldn’t take the glow off.

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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