It’s a huge comfort to know that lots of people get stage fright or suffer from glossophobia (fear of public speaking). Folks like Rebecca Gibney, Kirsty MacColl, Laurence Olivier, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Barbra Streisand. I am not alone.
Not even slightly alone. It’s so common to feel vastly nervous at the prospect of standing up and speaking in front of peoples that I’m amazed by the people who don’t get freaked out. What is their secret? A complete absence of nervous system?
Tomorrow night I have to get up in front of the peoples and attempt wit, charm, and persuasiveness. Um, gulp. I’ll be debating whether girls’ books are better than boys’ books:
- Girls’ Books vs Boys’ Books
Thursday 24 May, 6.30pm
State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette
A debate featuring the cream of Australian and international writers for young people [JL: does that mean we are creamy? Is that a good thing?]:
Girls’ team: Jacqueline Wilson (UK), Justine Larbalestier (Aust), Simmone Howell1 (Aust)
Boys’ team: David Levithan (USA), Jack Heath (Aust), Scot Gardner (Aust).
Cost $10/$5 concession
Wish me luck! If I don’t fall off the stage, or break the microphone, or vomit, I’ll count the evening as a success.
PS Am still stuck using stupid crazy expensive hotel internet. So still behind with email etc. Especially as this current hotel is against having an smtp server that works. Grrr.
- Simmone replaces Meg Rosoff who was unable to do the debate. [↩]