There are some bad times about being a published author whose book is never going to be a runaway best-seller … and then again there are the good times. One of these I experienced last night (Tuesday: it’s 10:30am Wednesday, Downunder); and I want to share it with you.
Btw, in Strine language, one of the ways of indicating the use of the second person plural as opposed to the ditto singular is to render the word ‘you’ into plural ! Thus – youse. [grin] This originated with newly-arrived Australians who struggle not only to learn English, but to learn it (the poor bastards !) as spoken by Aussies; and so themselves coin words such as ‘youse’ because it seems logical to them. Ain’t it wonderful?
So in fact I want to share this with youse! 😀
It was a small library, tucked away in a shopping centre in a busy suburb – delightfully peaceful at 6 pm, as that’s usually closing time. I arrived earliest – often do, as I have to travel by bus which entails more than one trip, and am thus forced to take the first very early in case it’s late and makes me lose the second. You get me, I’m sure … And there in the lecture room was the most WONDERFUL spread ! – chopped fruit, dried fruits, cheese, biscuits, guacamole, brownies … I can’t begin to remember everything, and for me that’s a weird one ! Happily, attendees began to arrive (many had been there before and knew the routine) quite soon, and everyone got stuck in, and the ambience created by such a communal feast was just super.
My talk – yesyes, it could indeed be described as ‘my rave’, I will admit it – was duly delivered with not only my own enthusiasm (there’s nothing I like to talk about more than my life with Stringer and the book about it), but also that of the audience members. What with the occasional question along the way and many at the end, I was still sitting there burbling on at twenty to eight, having started at six-thirty.
And then the pièce de resistance: the evening’s organiser made me a little presentation by way of thanks of a most LOVELY print! – one, as I said truthfully, right up my alley! It’s an early scene of Coogee Bay, close to where we all were in Randwick, all set up with the hanging paraphernalia and everything. I nearly cried. I don’t give a rat’s if they do this for every speaker who doesn’t receive payment: no other library has got within a bull’s roar of such thoughtfulness, and I am so impressed with the way this little one goes about its business that I could only wish I had more things to lecture on ! (Please forgive my hopelessness as a photog.: I have no idea how to prevent the flash’s going off, so was obliged to tilt the print. At least you get a good idea, eh?)
And to cap it all off, here something I found in my Comments when I staggered out of bed this-morning …
The evening will remain firmly in my memory as a highlight for … ever. 😀