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Writing on the Wing

I have discovered I can write columns and blogs in airports, answer emails waiting in line for a taxi; compose speeches at 2.00 am … all I suspect a necessary part of being a Laureate for two years, keeping the precious non-work times for family, friends and writing books, where it’s necessary to vanish for a while into the past (or future) and well as to focus absolutely on the present. I’d expected the work. I hadn’t expected the freedom as Laureate of being able to talk about all of Australian literature, and the power of books for kids, instead of being expected to talk about my own work. There has also been the privilege of hearing far more of the vast range of projects for kids; meetin

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