Parakeet Cafe, Friday, July 10, 2009
Reading sun music by Peter Sculthorpe (got it off the shelf here, will pay for it when I go) and also Randolph Stowe’s The Merry-go-round in the Sea, taken off the shelf at Varuna. I can’t believe it has taken me until now to read MGR in the S. A bit like The Wizard of Oz. It had been around forever, but I’d never actually seen it, until one night at 68 Cleveland Street Chippendale in the year 2000. (Still haven’t, by the way, seen The Sound of Music.) I’m at Varuna for the week. Been here since Monday. Leave on Sunday. Varuna, Parakeet, Mr Pickwick’s bookshop … all I need.
At about 4pm I’m due to have another chat with Peter Bishop, this time in the company of Helen Barnes-Bully. Peter said they were coming around to have an admiration session with me – admiration for The Lucky Galah, my newborn novel.