At last I was able to take a trip to the Central Midlands and Central West Coastal towns of WA, my old stamping ground, to deliver the second edition books, and visit my youngest son and his family. A friend, an ex-country girl, and I set off with a boot load of books early on Tuesday morning. Luckily, we were heading north on the Mitchell Freeway where we could travel at a normal pace; not like those travelling south who were almost at a standstill at 7.30am.
As the cost of postage is so exorbitant, I thought it would be an advantage to have books stocked at the various towns for locals and those passing through the area to purchase. I had previously contacted libraries, Historical Societies and Community Recourse Centres(CRC’s) to ask if they would hold the books. It was heartening to receive the warm welcome we did at the small rural and coastal towns, including Bindoon, Gingin, Moora, Green Head, Badgingarra, Dandaragan Cervantes and Jurien Bay.
Some libraries bought a copy to add to their library. Arrangements were made at the Gingin centre for a ‘Meet the Author’ event with morning tea on Friday 16th June at 10am. The staff have offered to advertise this event in their locally produced Newsletter. Two other centres expressed interest in holding a similar event. Arrangements yet to be confirmed.
What a wonderful facility for the country people these CRC’s are. There are over 106 throughout regional WA, provided by the WA Government Royalty for Regions policy. They provide all sorts of services such as training services, internet access, typing and photocopying services, producing local Newsletters and much more.
The Badgingarra Road House and the Dynamite Bay Takeaway Shop at Green Head agreed to display a book for travelling customers to browse through while they were having their ‘coffee break’ or lunch.
My sincere ‘Thanks’ to the staff at all the CRC’s, libraries and outlets we visited and agreed to stock A Piece of Good Land and sell them on my behalf. I look forward to re-visiting them in the near future. My next trip to the South West is being planned.