I had a really interesting time in the UK researching for a new book – and I met some lovely people who were extremely helpful answering my questions. Now, it’s time to start writing. I’m hoping I can get past those first few scary pages without too much trouble, and that I’ll soon be immersed in this new story. Can’t wait to tell you all more in a few months!
On our return, I was really sad to learn that Semeru, one of the orangutans released into the Sumatran jungle by Perth Zoo, had died from the effects of a snake bite. I based one of the story strands in Shallow Breath on a fictional version of this project, and from all the research I’ve done I know this will have been a huge blow to everyone involved. Perhaps it is some consolation that Semeru got to experience his last eighteen months in the wild.
A few days later came the news that the Kimberley gas project at James Price Point has been abandoned. As a long-time supporter of the protests against this short-sighted venture, which would have been catastrophic for this pristine wilderness area, I was overjoyed to hear the news. Since then I’ve loved seeing pictures of the celebrations by the protesters who have been camped up there for so long, and who deserve much credit for putting themselves on the line.
This month I’m still doing some promotion for Shallow Breath – stay tuned on this site, facebook and twitter for a few new competitions coming up. If you’re in WA, please come along to Wanneroo library next weekend between 1 and 4 pm if you’d like to learn more about Atlantis, the marine park which featured in Shallow Breath, or share your memories. I’ll be reading from the book at various points during the afternoon.