On yet another of Sydney’s string of very warm days, I was off on the train into the city this afternoon, alighting at Central for a brisk, if very sweaty, walk along ever-colourful, if now slighty worn-down, Oxford Street, through Darlinghurst, Paddington and then Woollahra, to the beautiful and stately Hughenden Boutique Hotel!
I had been invited by author Susanne Gervay to attend the launch of two “Making Tracks” books for children: Felicity Pulman‘s “Turning the Page” and Susanne’s own “Daisy Sunshine”. These are the final two titles in a series published by the National Museum of Australia, with each fiction book highlighting an artifact from the Museum’s amazing collection of significant, historic Australiana.
Because Susanne’s book is set squarely in 1975, and focused around some feminist memorabilia of that decade, there was a pervasive presence of cork platform shoes, long dresses, hippy headscarves, and a rousing chorus of “I Am Woman”.
It was fun hobnobbing with the members and friends of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Australia, and renewing many old acquaintances. A great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.