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Wow of a launch results in 3 titles in reprint already!

Andrea has gotten it spectacularly right! The CEO of Tell Me a Story launched 10 new titles on 30th June, this year. I was privileged to be guest speaker at an event that had even seasoned politicians, Ian Rickuss, MP Lockyer, and Steve Jones, Mayor, Lockyer Valley Regional Council,  commenting on attendance numbers!

Assembled authors, illustrators and guest panelists with Andrea Kwast

Muza Ulasowski [Panelist] and Guest Speaker, J.R.Poulter

The audience was rapt. I have seldom been at a publishing event where everyone’s eyes shone! Andrea has the  devoted support of her very wide community of readers and growing. She also has the  good fortune to have a very devoted group of assistants in administrator, Rel, and local photographer and budding author herself, Jenni Smith.

Research and innovation, preparedness to think out of the box, are hallmarks of Andrea and her team. She believes stories are lurking everywhere and it just takes the right determination, editing and dedication to bring them out. That she is succeeding over and above expetaction is more than demonstrated by the sellout and reprint, within the first few weeks since the launch, of no fewer than 3 titles!

Hearty Congratulations Andrea and Team and to all her authors – keep writing!

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5 Days in Another City – Melbourne January 2009 – a photo essay in chunks

Journal of a sojourn in the southern capital from afternoon, 14th, to morning of 19th January. [This blog to be developed  & continued on my blogspot blog – http://jrpoulter.blogspot.com/ ]

Virgin Blue ushered us in to a Melbourne welcome such  us as only Melbourne can turn on – 37 degree heat with a cold wind! The next day was typically 21.

Did I pack for all seasons – sort of – short sleeved T-shirts and a Jacket.

We stayed in Melbourne’s newest hotel – Causeway 353 Little Collins Street – opened in October 08. Breakfast was thrown in!

Causeway Hotel, 353 Little Collins Street, Melbourne's newest - afternoon

Causeway Hotel, 353 Little Collins Street, Melbourne's newest - afternoon

When we arrived the access alley way was a hive of activity.

Cafes and diners were opened – about 8 in that alley way. Shops  and specialist food outlets were abuzz. People wandered up and down continuously.

Same scene after 6.00pm

By evening it was a different story – deserted!

This was typical of most of the lane and alleyways in the City.

I have to say, not knowing Melbourne, it made finding a place for tea interesting, especially if tired and not wanting to walk for yonks! By the time we left we knew every eatery open post 6.00pm!

‘Interesting’ stuff is around every corner! Loved the arcades! Below are some views of the Royal Arcade – Popular name “Gog & Magog” after the 2 charmers who bong the chimes every 15 minutes and once for each hour on the hour. You can hear it streets away.

Gog & Magog Charming Chimers in Royal Arcade

Gog & Magog Charming Chimers in Royal Arcade

Father Time Guards the entry to Koko Black Chocolateria - time spent there is measured in kilos!

Father Time Guards the entry to Koko Black Chocolateria - time spent there is measured in kilos!

The specialty shops were myriad – you name it!

A whole shop full of Babushk Dolls!

A whole shop full of Babushk Dolls!

Temptation lurked around every corner – the solution – walk, walk, walk it off!

Everything was colourful and

quirky.

Sweet Makers showing us what is in our just desserts!

Sweet Makers showing us what is in our just desserts!

Gog and Magog, stand guard over the arcade, telling shoppers, commuters, children and tutors the hour on the hour since 1890.

Gog

Gog

Magog

Magog