Well, it’s official: me and my little family are headed to Australia in a month.
I guess this trip has been official for some time, but only until now have I been able to release my the full details of my itinerary. Anyway, I can’t even tell you how excited we all are to go on this amazing adventure. Australia is a country I’ve long wanted to visit, and it’s been number one on Greg’s list for pretty much his whole life. Veronica is excited too, but I don’t think she quite comprehends exactly what she’s in for. And Jules? Well, I’m sure she’ll enjoy herself too.
(Oh, and did I mention that Greg’s mom is coming for the first half of the trip? And that his younger brother Brad will be joining us for the second half? And here you thought I was the kind of person who didn’t need an entourage.)
But the people I’m most excited about on this trip? YOU.
Seriously. I would love, love, love to meet all my Australian readers! I’m going to post the details of the trip below in hopes that some of you can turn out. I have several readings, panels and even a workshop I’m teaching, but I’m thinking it might be fun to pick a cafe and a designated time/date in each city where I could park myself for an hour or two and you could come say hi! If you think this is a good idea, then take a look at the itinerary and give me some suggestions of where we could meet. (I’d also love to hear general suggestions on places we should visit, bars, cafes, sights to see, etc!)
Claire & Family Australian Itinerary
Wednesday, August 29 — Arrive Melbourne
Friday, August 31 at 10AM — Reading & Signing (Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Federation Square)
Saturday, September 1 at 1pm — Memoir: Fact or Fiction (Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Federation Square)
Sunday, September 2 at 10AM — Seminar: The Art of Memoir (Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Federation Square)
(9/2-9/5 ) Sunday evening through Wednesday morning — Sydney (taking any and all suggestions for fun things to do/see/eat)
Wednesday, September 5 — “Meet the Author Night” Brisbane Writers Festival (rsvp to alourigan@
Saturday, September 8 at 10AM — Seminar: Dark Themes (Brisbane Writers Festival, Cultural Precinct)
Saturday, September 8 at 2:30PM — Seminar: Mothers and Their Families (Brisbane Writers Festival, Cultural Precinct)
Sunday, September 9 at 12pm — Workshop: The Craft of Memoir (Brisbane Writers Festival, Cultural Precinct)
(9/9 – 9/14) Sunday evening through Friday morning — Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef
September 14 — Return to Los Angeles