They say it never rains, but it pours. That’s certainly what it feels like around here at the moment – after weeks of being fairly housebound with Mr D recovering from an operation, I’m heading out into the wider world for three very exciting launches.
Hi-5 is returning to Channel 9
Mr 4, Miss 2 (my niece) and I are heading into the Channel 9 studios in a couple of days to meet the new cast of Hi-5! The popular kids series is being rebooted on Channel 9 very soon with 5 new talented performers. Chosen out of more than 450 applicants, Bailey, Courtney, Joe, Shay and Lachie are ready to have the kids up and dancing again.
Meet the cast in their introductory clips on the 9now website or wait for the show to air on Channel 9 very soon.
Literary dinner with Natasha Lester
It’s not my birthday until next month, but Mr D gave me an early present this year – a ticket to Natasha Lester’s literary dinner in Melbourne on Thursday night. I am ridiculously excited about going for so many reasons.
If you happen to be free on Thursday night and somewhere near South Melbourne, you can find out more and book your literary dinner ticket here.
Her Mother’s Secret launch
Natasha Lester’s new historical novel, Her Mother’s Secret, was released recently and she’s left her home town of Perth to tour the country to tell Australia about it.
I loved her previous novel, A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, and I love the sound of this new novel – ‘A sweeping story of love and ambition from England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940s’ about ‘a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society’s disapproval’.
The ticket includes a copy of the book, so I haven’t read it yet, but will tell you all about it when I have!
Meeting my mentor-from-a-distance
I’m a long-time reader of Natasha’s blog. If you’re an aspiring writer I highly recommend browsing through her wonderful writing advice articles.
Her articles plus her courses at the Australian Writers Centre have helped me immensely – all the way from putting down the first sentence of my own novel through to getting an agent. (Right now I’m biting my nails to the quick while my manuscript is on submission to publishers – cross your fingers for me!).
I’m very much looking forward to hearing Natasha speak about Her Mother’s Secret, and hopefully I’ll get a chance to personally thank her for all the help she may not have even known she’s given me.
Kid-free dinner, wine and book-chat
Really, I don’t think this needs much more explanation. How divine to be able to spend an evening eating wonderful food, drinking wine and meeting other book addicts, all while hearing about and talking about literature and writing.
I’ve had my outfit planned for weeks…
Off to the Cabaret (in Weimer-inspired evening wear), my friends
Which brings me to my next exciting event for the week – on Saturday night I’ve been invited to the opening night of Cabaret in Melbourne!
The only catch is the invitation says I need to wear ‘Weimer-inspired’ evening wear and I am NOT good at themed dress.
It does occur to me that the outfit I intend to wear to the literary dinner will probably also double for this occasion. I just need to make sure I wash it quickly…
Here are a few pics I found to give you an idea what ‘Weimer-inspired’ evening wear might look like.
After a sell-out season in Sydney, Cabaret is playing at The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne from 27 April 2017. A waiting list has also opened for its return to Sydney!
Find out more and get your tickets on the Cabaret website.