The “Australia” Party at Bologna

On Wednesday night of the fair the Hello From Australia held their party and what a party it was!!

It opened to the sounds of Gregg Dreise playing the didg and then clapsticks and then he got everyone up dancing and foot shuffling. A lot of fun.

The Australian Publishing Association President Greg ? then introduced Mike Rann, who is the Australian Ambassador in Italy. He spoke eloquently, especially mentioning Adelaide Writers Week!!!

Jackie French, the Australian Children’s Laureate then spoke passionately, as she always does, about children’s books and how important they are.

Then it was party time. Lots of yummy food, champagne and good company.

The spread! Very quickly demolished.
The spread! Very quickly demolished.
Gregg Dreise on the didgeridoo
Gregg Dreise on the didgeridoo
Introductions
Introductions
Mike Rann
Mike Rann
The passionate Jackie French
The passionate Jackie French
The amazing Anns! Ann Haddon and Ann James from Books Illustrated
The amazing Anns! Ann Haddon and Ann James from Books Illustrated
The crowd
The crowd

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