Ready, set … for Bologna

Route taken by the sailing ship ‘Uranie’ around the world between 1817 and 1820

The International Book Fair in Bologna is fast approaching, so I’ve been thinking about how I can maximise my time there and attract the sort of attention I need from foreign language publishers, preferably French, for To See the World.

I have always believed that the story of Rose de Freycinet should be published in her own language: French. But the Fair is enormous and, to make the most of my time on the creator’s table I have had to think outside the box and come up with an unusual way to make an impact. My biggest and most visible prop is an inflatable globe on which I have marked the route taken by the sailing ship, Uranie, on it’s voyage around the world, with Rose on board. The annual A Night with Our Stars event, organised by the CBC WA Branch, presented me with the perfect opportunity to try out my idea. I was invited to promote To See the World and, with a strict limit of three minutes per speaker, I needed to do something different and memorable. The globe was a big hit – not only in size. I’m pleased to say that by the end of the evening I had people inviting me to come to their schools to use my globe, and Rose’s story, to combine science, mapping, weather observation and other subjects with my literacy and language session.

There is just one slight problem. Although the globe was quick and easy to inflate it took nearly a week to deflate! And I will only have 48 hours, once I finish my second session in Bologna, before I have to fit it back in my suitcase. Fortunately my ANWOS experience has taught me a couple of tricks to speed up the process.

Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how it goes.

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