Almost a decade ago on 27th of July 2009 I visited St Kevin's Melbourne and spoke to the Year 11 Boys. The person organising this talk was Ms. Liz Halpin from the Library. The day went well and the feedback surprising. At home the next day I wrote a whole page in my diary about the day. I would like to quote one line: "In the library when I arrived was a young boy called Jack; he was reading my book 'Well Done those men" Didn't expect that!
Now wind the clock on to Thursday 3 May 2018. I caught the train to Heyington - it was late. As I staggered up the stairs to reception a man by the name of Simon ran over and grabbed my bags and escorted me to the office. He is a music teacher, plays the clarinet; and a good man.
Yes, Ms Halpin still at the library and still loving her job. I also met the other staff. Then the main theatre, packed with year 10 boys and staff. My normal talks last 90 minutes, this one about half. I always struggle during the talks. I recall a special moment for me when I showed a slide of Jock, a fellow Vet who not only survived horrific wounds, but lived. When I turned from the slide back to the audience there was total silence, then a young man, ginger hair wearing glasses almost in the middle of the theatre nodded to me, gave a thumbs up and offered a small smile. Such a powerful compliment, encouraging me to continue...
Then it was over, with respect and complimentary smiles the boys left.
I was taken to the library for a special morning tea. About a dozen from the year 10's came along - admittedly the scones and cream didn't last too long. However, I must take this opportunity to thank them. Good questions, respect and the warmest handshakes anyone could ask for.
Thank you St Kevin's, what a fine school. Please visit the Guestbook page and make a comment.
28 Feb 2018
Visited Oberon High school near Geelong. Spoke mainly to Year 10's. What an awesome bunch of students. Thank you so much for your attention and respect. Nearly had my hand worn out with handshakes, and the many hugs. You can see why I rate this school so highly come visit preferences. Hi to Ms C and Ms M at the library. If you want to leave a comment, go to the guestbook page.
Nov 17 2016
About to catch a train to Melbourne. Then Saturday, fly to Singapore. Hop on a cruise ship and sail for Hong Kong. Call into Vietnam for a day - now that is a first!
Visited Marlo, Snowy River School of student Leadership. Great day.
February 2012 signed a film contract for the book Well Done Those men Looking at a time line of three years.
The book Well Done Those Men has won the Victorian award for the National Year of Reading.
By on a topic in the sidebar <= left read the following pages -
On signing the guestbook.I am now able to reply to comments. I have received 10,000's of emails over the last four years. Most relate to Well Done Those Men.Several thousand letters as well. Students will find the page most valuable.
The Media story-a summary of press, radio and television appearances
Live Radio.Gerard Callinan - launch of 'TAG' Shrine- Melb.'09.
Live Radio.Geoff Hutchison ANZAC day Perth '05.
Live RadioGerard Callinan - "The View from Connor's Hill"Sale '07 Vic.
Live Radio-Richard Fidler - Conversation Hour 2005.
ANZAC Day 2009-the Collingwood Football club's pre-match luncheon.
Photo Gallery - Vietnam - mates yesterday and today. The View from Connor's Hill and Tag. Awards ceremonies and other highlights during my travels
Awards- A summary of all awards.
English - History guide -Notes, objectives and curriculm guidelines to support themes associated with the books. Set up for teachers.