I had the pleasure of speaking to the grades 3’s to 6’s at St Dominics Primary School in Camberwell East this week. The students were delightful and all of them have been reading at least one of my books in class. Thank you to librarian Nadine Bolton and to all the teachers.
It is always so rewarding speaking to groups of children who have read my books. This scenario makes for the perfect school visit.
To add to the enjoyment of my day, I had a spooky moment when I was relating the story of how my best friend and I snuck into the witch’s mansion when we were 9 years old. I was up to the part where I tell the kids how the double doors on the second floor of the rundown house slowly creak open. I always pause here to let the suspense build. The students are so drawn into the story by this stage that I have their complete attention. But today, in that three second delay and perfectly on cue, (right at that moment in the photo below) the double doors behind me were suddenly sucked open. We all turned to look but nobody was there. The kids half screamed, half laughed. We couldn’t believe it.
It’s the second time it has happened while telling the same story. Sometimes I think the ghost of Elsie Symonds, the one we used to call the witch, is following me around as I tell her story.
Now you know why I write magical realism.
As I was leaving I saw this fantastic art mural in the foyer. Here are some of the animals from the mural. Aren’t they just gorgeous?