2014 ALEA Conference
9th July 2014
Tomorrow, Thursday 10th July, I will be presenting at the 2014 ALEA Conference in Darwin. It will be Nona & Me‘s first encounter with the big wide world. My publisher, Black Inc, has a stall there and will be handing out bound proofs of the novel, along with its newly written accompanying teachers’ notes. And, in case you’re curious, yes, is it very weird to read teachers’ notes about your own work! Who knew I’d included so many themes and symbols?! Just joking!
Black Inc will also be promoting Alice Pung’s new YA novel, Laurinda, which I can’t wait to get a copy of!
It is daunting to present to a group of English teachers who have never heard of me or my novel, but it is also incredibly exciting to think of students studying Nona & Me. Outlining my speech today, I imagined teenagers debating their opinions of Rosie, Nick and Nona, about racism and Indigenous affairs and what it means to be Australian. And that felt fantastic.