The Marion Centre

Yesterday was the final day of my South Australia tour and it didn’t get off to the most seamless of starts when our flight from Mt Gambier was delayed by almost 2 hours… One of the issues for regional flying is always going to be availability of spare parts and engineers when something goes wrong so we had to wait for an inbound aircraft from Adelaide to collect us. It’s something I’m conscious of when I’m flying the aircraft on my network, but yesterday gave me new appreciation for the passengers’ perspective!

But courtesy of a well stocked cab rank (and Adelaide does public transport well) we made it to the Marion Centre in plenty of time.

Thanks to Jane and Tracey from the Marion Library at the Marion Cultural Centre for organising the event – they even had a Green Room for us to relax in before the talk started. I felt very pampered 🙂

The wonderful booksellers from Collins Booksellers Edwardstown were there to support the event. Thanks to Sonia and  Joan for being so proactive, and to Tarran for running such a great social media campaign. The audience was engaging and there were more familiar faces.

I think the highlight of question time was the lovely retired gentleman in the front row who happily admitted to reading Fifty Shades of Grey. He also thought it was pretty heavy going, but he’d persevered! Well done that man, you’re a more determined reader than me!

Thanks to everyone in South Australia who’s attended events over the last four days. It’s been a privilege to be part of the Get Reading touring campaign. Make sure to check out the Get Reading site for details on more authors coming your way. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite Australian Books!

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6 thoughts on “The Marion Centre

  1. Cath, thanks for coming on the journey with me! It’s been lovely to meet so many people on the road and on the net. The audiences have been outstanding! Seeing so many people turning out on chilly nights and bleak days was very humbling.

  2. It isn’t, Mary. When we arrived at the airport there was an aircraft parked on the bay. The inbound aircraft taxied in, shut down and two engineers offloaded their gear and started work. I smiled to myself as the delay had been painted as some nebulous rescheduling thingy 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing the Author Tour with us. It’s been as much fun as the sailing trip. It’s great to see how well supported the author talks have been.

    Hope you enjoy getting home to GW, Zeus and Roo Bin Esque.

    Cath xox

  4. What a wonderful tour you’ve had Helene! You’ll enjoy a well-earned rest when you arrive home, and hopefully be pampered by GW & Zeus 😉

  5. And here was I thinking DC-3 type flying is all in the past. Of course, regional flying in Australia isn’t such a far cry from those days.

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