Who am I?
It’s a question I often ask myself, and I’m still rather perplexed. So far, I’m pretty sure of the following …
My name is Alison, and I’ve recently arrived at the bdb kennel as an intern. I have almost finished my postgraduate diploma in Editing and Publishing at Melbourne University – I just need to get rid of some pesky assignments and then I’ll be free! I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life, and – dare I admit it? – I’m not a huge footy fan. I know that’s almost blasphemous, but I just don’t get it. If you want to talk rugby though – union mostly – I’m all ears. I try to make up for this awful flaw in my Melbournian-character by loving food. And I do love food, both the cooking and eating of it. This is lucky since Melbourne has awesome food. More than food, I love coffee. I’m a short black person. I used to be a skinny-moccacino-with-extra-chocolate person, but that was just too complicated for some people to handle. So, I simplified.
I’m excited to be at bdb because I want to work in children’s and YA publishing. I have very romantic ideas about working on books that inspire children’s imaginations and dreams, that give them the first hint that impossible things are possible – and what better place to learn about making such books than bdb?
Why I read …
People read for all sorts of reasons. I read to escape; to be whisked away on a magic carpet ride; to imagine doing things that are impossible, weird, or are a little bit crazy – at least in this world. I read to see the world differently; to open my mind to new ways of seeing and different possibilities.
Sometimes my favourite place to runaway to is a book. It’s my sanctuary. It’s a world where I can safely explore thoughts, ideas and feelings. And in each book I read I find a new part of me. That’s perhaps the best adventure of all.
Why do you read? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.