Just back from a really fun trip to South Australia… a couple of days in Mount Gambier; firstly at their amazing library chatting and working with local students and then at beautiful Tenison Woods College. I was a bit nervous about working with a group of Year 8/9s but the kids were fantastic – warm, engaged and ready to get into a spot of writing. Then on to Adelaide and the wonderful students at Magill Primary School. Great school; great kids and a fantastic library (resource centre!) to work in and share the love about reading / writing / books. They’ve helped me create a much better shoutline for The Vanishings… nothing like getting help from your target audience! Thanks heaps to Carole Carroll for organising the trip and especially to Kelly and Chris in Mount Gambier and Deb at Magill PS for welcoming me and looking after me.