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Media blitz

Posted by peggyhora on March 23, 2010

Well, perhaps not a blitz per se but this morning I was interviewed for an hour by Tori Shepherd from The Advertiser, Adelaide’s local newspaper.  She was quite engaging and had lots of good questions.  I’m hoping she not only does a general story but can run a couple of follow-up articles from the interview.  Her photographer appeared later in the afternoon and we went for a variety of shots in front of the Supreme Court. My least favorite was sitting on the lawn al fresco looking at the Court.  Sigh.  What they’ll probably run is one of me seated on a bench, looking over the back with the Court in the background.  Lunchtime was spent with Ingrid Haythorpe whom you’ll remember as my hostess in Mannum on the river and Gary Thompson the State Court Administrator with whom I shared a meal at his home with his wife and two adorable daughters during my last visit.  We caught up on the latest news and talked about the directions of my residency.  They were, as always, helpful and encouraging.  We ate at the Chessar Cellar, a vunerable old resturant that’s a bit of an institution.  I had a lovely seafood tagliatele with squid, prawns, scallops and fish in a spicy light tomato sauce.  I also had informal meetings throughout the day with my project catalast, Sue King, and new-on-board second catalyst, Nichole Hunter who has a criminology research background with a special expertise in restorative justice.  They went to work straight away organizing the preliminary notes I had brought along.  Now that there’s a structure for my report, we can forge ahead with the draft.  The day ended with a meeting with the drug court prosecutors.  Again, I skipped going out for dinner and instead stayed in for fruit and cheese.  Off to bed soon where I’m reading a delightful book on my Kindle titled Somewhere Towards the End by 90-year-old memoirist Diana Athill. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “She is bluntly unconcerned with conventional wisdom, unapologetically recounting her extended role as the Other Woman in her companion’s prior marriage.”   The New Yorker says, “Athill spent more than fifty years editing writers including Philip Roth, Norman Mailer, Jean Rhys, and V. S. Naipaul. In later life, she ‘had the luck to discover’ that she could write…”  And write she can.

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