Fiona McIntosh

Thanks, Mount Gambier

I enjoyed a wonderful evening when ninety nine locals and a single travelling Belgian braved the wintry evening to join me at Mount Gambier’s fabulous new library for an evening of conversation, laughter and tall tales. They came with the plan to have fun because the giggling began early and egged me on to throw away my notes and just talk from the heart. We covered everything from mid life crises to who should go through to the finals of Masterchef 2011 and a whole lot in between about books, reading and writing. A fantastic audience that surprised and delighted me with a host of interesting, challenging questions after they finally shut me up on the stage and who then enjoyed a lovely supper laid on by the library. I signed books into the night, thank you to all you generous Mt Gambians for supporting your local retailer, Collins, and especially to those who decided after hearing me that they’d give fantasy a go. I was thrilled to sign so many Fields of Gold and Bye Bye Baby books too – I think we sold out of both! And your library serves fabulous coffee to boot! So I will be back and we’re talking right now about running a workshop/masterclass next year. Watch this space and thanks all in the southeast again for your warm welcome.

p.s. and the lovely Belgian traveller bought The Whisperer.