The Secret Society of Dragon Protectors at Ubud Writers Festival

October 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

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I was the opening gig of the Children’s Programme at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 5 October 2011. What an honour for me! This mornings presentation in the Bale Banja went very well indeed. I was a bit concerned about the last minute venue change to accommodate more children but my interpreter, Aussie Alex Ryan appeared and we ran through a few key points about my talk (so she wouldn’t be phased about translating words like dragonore and protector!) – I needn’t have worried – Alex was superb! The audience (mainly 8-12 years plus a few adults including 2 school groups from South Bali) piled in – around 150 in all. I had to remember to break up my sentences giving Alex time to assimilate the information and translate. The only useful word I know in Indonesian is ‘naga’ – dragon of course! The venue was inspiring – stone dragons looked on as I explained about dragons hiding in dragon shaped objects, and about my writing partnership with John MacPherson (who also illustrates and designs the covers). The 90 minutes passed quickly and there were loads of good questions. My big regret was not having any books to sell (sold out last week in Jakarta) as I could have sold loads today….but directed eager fans towards Kindle and Amazon Marketplace….via our website. Managed to give them a piece of dragonore each to go home with. An amazing experience and most enjoyable! I hope we have some new dragon protectors in Bali  now!

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