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Wendy Orr's author diary: the journal following a writer's working life and the progress of new books, from idea to manuscript to publication.
‘Nim at Sea’ birthday!
31st May

‘Nim at Sea’ birthday!

Well, this is what I’ve been working on for much of the last 18 months. I seemed to be fiddling around with words and editing right up to the wire, but the…
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Such lovely comments, so little time
29th May

Such lovely comments, so little time

I promised my agent I wouldn’t spend all my time chatting here when I have a huge deadline – at least a huge amount of writing to do before the deadline –…
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fantastic fansites
27th May

fantastic fansites

One of the unexpected bonuses about the Nim’s Island movie has been the people it’s brought me contact with. Henrik at the Jodie Foster site, Tamara and Cheryl (or Kaione?) from Gerard…
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Champagne and publishers
23rd May

Champagne and publishers

A lovely bottle of something nutritious (and a big bunch of flowers) arrived to celebrate the film’s green light. I always knew Allen & Unwin were good publishers…
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all a bit surreal
20th May

all a bit surreal

The Nim’s Island movie news just keeps on getting better and better. As well as Jodie Foster for Alex and Abigail Breslin for Nim, we’ve now got Gerard Butler for Jack! What…
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Children’s Book Radio Interview
8th May

Children’s Book Radio Interview

A couple of months ago I got an email to say that Ark in the Park had been reviewed on the podcast Children’s Book RadioEpisode Guide. I think it’s quite new, but…
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New Look for the Aussie Peeling the Onion
5th May

New Look for the Aussie Peeling the Onion

Peeling the Onion is ten years old, and so last September it got a whole new look. What do you think???? (The original (first edition) cover is below.)
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great week, great end to it
2nd May

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…
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Across the Dark Sea – on the NSW Premier’s shortlist!
25th Apr

Across the Dark Sea – on the NSW Premier’s shortlist!

What a thrill to discover that Across the Dark Sea has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Community Relations Commission Award! Have a look at the whole list, and the judges’ comments:http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/awards/LiteraryAwards/2007%20awards/2007shortlist.htm.…
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Writer in Residence at Woodleigh
23rd Apr

Writer in Residence at Woodleigh

This week I’m off to be a writer-in-residence at Woodleigh Junior School. I’m looking forward to meeting the kids, hearing their thoughts, and I hope, helping them learn to shape their own…
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A part for the whale?
21st Apr

A part for the whale?

The prize for the best question this week was my interview on Brisbane’s Radio 4KQ on Thursday: ‘Is there a whisper of any big names… for the whale?’ Not sure if I…
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Radio 3SR
17th Apr

Radio 3SR

Tomorrow morning I’ll be talking to Inga Norgrove at Radio 3SR in Shepparton. I’m feeling quite nostalgic: my kids grew up in the listening region as we farmed outside Shepparton – at…
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