|Poppy the Possum and friends|
The staff at Merrylands are loads of fun. The picture on the left is me with Poppy the Possum, who encourages kids to read, ably assisted by Kirsty in the middle. Kirsty's husband is a very clever man because (a) he married Kirsty; (b) he's an expert on ancient history; and (c) he asked tough and fun questions during my talk.
The next two pictures are me pontificating, which I'm rather good at. I went over time by about 20 minutes and never even noticed. Frankly, I was having too much fun.
I was also seriously well-matched by the audience. Early on I was talking about Ephesus, which if you've read The Ionia Sanction you'll know is a city that figures prominently.
It turned out a lady in the audience had walked the place and knew exactly each spot I described. Then when someone asked me how you get there, I explained the closest location was a Turkish town called Izmir. Another lady in the middle rows puts up her hand. She says, "I'm from Izmir."
Piles of brilliant questions from the audience, and they entertained me as much as I, them!
|Gary pontificates some more|
|Gary eventually stops talking and signs books|