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I did it! 30 days/30 blog posts in November. I’ll continue with the daily blogging while on my residency, too. It’s such an amazing experience, I want to share it with you.

img_0076Today I headed off to Port Fairy to Blarney Books and Art where the Mind Drawing Children’s Stories Exhibition is currently on show. I had fabulous lunch with Jo Canham, from Blarney Books, and Liz Gannon, from Whale Bone Gallery.


Our conversations covered the Arts and small business, community spirit and the difficulty of getting ‘bums on seats’ or through the door – a challenge faced by event coordinators on both sides of the city. We spoke of the strength of a community committed to a goal and spectacular achievements across a broad range of arts.

I’m very impressed by the rich arts culture in Warrnambool and Port Fairy – which exists because of the community and the vision of some strong leaders who inspire others to have a go and help each other.


Back in the gallery at Blarney Books and Art I enjoyed chatting with visitors from near and far. Some had travelled half an hour to visit Blarney Books and to see the exhibition in the gallery. Others had journeyed for a couple of hours or so from Melbourne!


Later I returned to The Artery residence for the Story Tellers writing group meeting where a delivered a Mind Drawing writing workshop on communication, demonstrating how dialogue can reveal characters’ details through our choice of words.


Using details in my Mind Drawings as a starting point we each produced a first draft, that we shared with the group. One member was so inspired, she wrote two!


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