Rose Evans’ day off!

So Rose,

There’s this awesome 80s film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which if I ever figure out how to get movies on-line we have to watch! Ferris wags and has the most amazing day off with his girlfriend and his best friend but it’s so much more than that…

Anyway, I know it’s kind of breaking blog rules by writing about something we both experienced but hey! as I’ve said before sometimes it’s worth recording the things we do together because they’re awesome fun and I want to be able to remember them when I’m old and doddering (ie. tomorrow)

So yesterday we had Rose’s day off together – it was official because we had school approval (which wouldn’t count in Ferris’ book) – to go up to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. Man, I was inspired! Oh, hang on a minute – I missed the chocolate donuts!

So, first I embarrassed you (I’m not sure how) by asking at the box office – we had a little time to kill – where the nearest place for chocolate donuts was… The lovely box office girls obliged. Donut Time in DeGraves St. So off we popped. And this is what we had.

Okay, so by the time we got to our first session with YA authors Rebecca Lim and Leanne Hall I was feeling a little ergh! But not for too long because they took me on a trip down literary memory lane – they too enjoyed Trixie Belden, Alfred Hitchcock and the three investigators and (most shameful of all) Sweet Dreams novels!!

They spoke about diversity in YA literature and the importance of being true to your own voice. And even though I’m a boring Caucasian of long extraction, it was inspiring!

Fangirl

I started reading Rainbow’s Fangirl on the train on the way home

 

And then we heard another YA author Rainbow Rowell speak broadly about her writing career including stuff about her discussions with her therapist, writing about mental illness and her background as a reporter (inspiring stuff for me).

After buying books, getting them signed and you telling me I was a geek (after I gushed that I could live at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival all week!) we met up with my BFF, Robyn who is visiting from BrisVegas.

Then it was Grill’d for lunch and afterwards a not-too-painful clothes shopping trip in which we bought you your first leather jacket, you discovered that pants can zip up at the back (!) and we all boogied outside a shop called Out of the Closet!

What an awesome day!

Love you,

Mum xoxo

 

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About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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