Tony and I are back in Sydney after completing a fantastic six-talk “tour” of libraries for the Alpine Library Corporation. We met so many interesting and friendly people, both staff and listeners, and it was a real pleasure. The scenery was spectacular. The tour began in the lovely Mt Beauty where our small crowd of creative types and booklovers got us off to a wonderful start. Elle, Lindy, Sue et al you were great and I hope to get back to one of your festivals and play some music in the near future. Bright Library was superb, not even a huge thunderstorm dampening the warmth of those there. I was particularly pleased to sign an old Mugs Game cassette and to chat with old fans and convert some new ones. Librarian Andy was a true Suburban Boy and Scott from The Bright Bookstore a top bloke – hope you sell a few of my books Scott. At Myrtleford the friends of the Library were delightful and Pete not only shelled out for a Suburban Boy t-shirt but pointed me in the direction of a fine sausage roll. Loueen at Wangaratta coordinated a great night and we met more creative people like Luke and Annie who make sure Wang is a happening hotbed. I hope to get back and star in a house party sometime soon. Benalla the next day reinforced what a hub of creativity this part of the world is. We were most appreciative Ken Shaw too the trouble to come over for the talk and Alice was marvellous and very generous as she bought a cd for her son and a book too. I had an enlightening chat with my fellow writer Carla from the north-east Artisans who have some wonderful craft and art on display. If you are passing through Benalla it is a must see: wonderful paintings, woodwork, design and so on. Our stint concluded in marvellous Mansfield where my long time chums Kerry and Denise – who began all this – joined with librarian Sharon and her crew to deliver us a bumper crowd of enthusiastic Mansfieldians. I look forward to the future when Kerry gets together a film festival and I can do it all again. Once again, thank you all it was a marvellous experience.DSC_0037DSC_0041

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