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Welcome to my blog, Larkin’s Latest. News on thriller authors and great books to read, the writing process and festivals, incredible people I interview and exciting story locations, courses I run, and things that make me laugh!

Customs House Library, Circular Quay, Sydney – panel on “Antarctica Under Threat?”

August 2, 2012

I will be chairing a debate at Sydney’s Customs House Library: Antarctica Under Threat? on Thursday 9th August, 6-7pm.

To celebrate National Science Week’s theme of imagining, our panel of experts will be asked to imagine Antarctica under threat. Antarctica has no native population, no national government, no defence or police force. It is managed by the co-operation and goodwill of The Antarctic Treaty signatories, which includes Australia. What if a country chose to ignore the Treaty and exploit Antarctica? Would Australia ever enforce claims to Antarctic territory? What might happen to global sea levels if Antarctica’s glaciers and ice sheets melted rapidly? There has never been a murder in Antarctica and without a judicial system, how could the perpetrator be brought to justice?

Featuring Joan Russell, one of the first female station leaders with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Luke Saffigna who has been to Antarctica over 30 times, Thomas Maggs, retired GM of Policy for the AAD, and facilitated by environmental thriller author, L.A. Larkin, whose next book, Thirst, is set in Antarctica.

A free event, wine and nibbles. Bookings are essential. For details, go to:

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/3908606748/eorg?ebtv=C

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Ballarat, Waurn Ponds and Torquay – LA Larkin talks thrillers with author Lindy Cameron

Two Australian thriller authors will talk about why and how they write thrillers. Thrillers tend to be high stakes and action-packed but it is the characters that keep the readers turning the pages. Join these authors for an hour of murder and mayhem.

Join LA Larkin and Lindy Cameron at:

Ballarat Library on Friday 3rd August at 5:30pm.

BALLARAT LIBRARY

178 DOVETON STREET NORTH

BALLARAT

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PH: 53386850


Waurn Ponds Library on Saturday 4th August at 10:30am.

WAURN PONDS LIBRARY

140 PIONEER ROAD, WAURN PONDS

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL P: 5272 6010, online: www.geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au


Book Cellars on Saturday August 4th at 2 pm.

Shop 101, Torquay Central, 41 Bristol Road Torquay

Bookings essential: 5261 6731

 

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Antarctic Diary Extract 5 – One hand for the ship

July 22, 2012

I am woken by a furious voice shouting at me in Russian. Am I dreaming I am in a James Bond movie? I open my eyes, desperate to discover where the voice is coming from. It is through the intercom system and the captain is giving his crew orders. It’s 6:30 am and I have hardly slept. Our small ship cork-screwed through the big swells of the Drake Passage all night. The ship clanged and creaked as I had rolled around my bunk. Splat, I hit the wood on the right of my bunk. Then splat, I hit the left.

I place my feet on the cabin floor and find walking is like standing on one of those fairground gyrating floors. Clinging to the bathroom door handle for stability, I throw it open with a bang (the doors attach themselves to magnets) and then find myself hurled into the shower cubicle and head butt the showerhead. This is certainly a novel way to wake up.

Showering is a challenge: I have one hand on the wall and one holding the shower head to stabilise myself. Getting dressed involves sitting and trying to pull on clothes before I lose my balance and topple to the floor. Time for breakfast. I cling to the handrails – as they say: always, one hand for the ship – and am relieved to see the pale faces and disheveled clothing of the other expeditioners. I’m not the only one. A beautiful breakfast is laid out on the table but it takes guts to get up from the relative safety of my bench, which is conveniently screwed to the floor. I watch the cereal packets and the hot food slide up and down the table, prevented from tipping onto the floor by a little rail that runs all around the table top. I venture to get myself a cup of tea, more worried about pouring it down one of the other passengers than down myself. After some tea, bread and honey I am feeling much better and devour the hot food. I wonder how on earth the chef (Italian) and his team can keep saucepans on the stove? And how do they keep slippery fried eggs in the pan?

Interesting info: You can only visit Antarctica in the summer: November to February/March. For the rest of the year Antarctica is surrounded by thick sea ice which means the continent doubles in size.

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