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Heading Down Under

Things are pretty hectic here.  A million things to do, and in less than a week, I will be headed off Down Under.

Details of my tour have been available for ages on the Appearances page of my website, but I know that some of you never visit my website (bad on you), so in the hopes of avoiding the "why don't you ever visit X" emails that inevitably seem to turn up whenever I've just gotten back from X, let me hit the highlights here for all my fans and Not A Blog readers in Australia (and New Zealand):


First stop will be Brisbane, where I will be appearing at the SUPANOVA convention, November 8 - 10.  I will be doing signings, panels, signings, Q&As, signings, maybe a reading, signings, interviews, and signings.  It's a big big convention with lots of cool guests, so I'll be joined at some of these events by Lena Headey (Queen Cersei), Mark Addy (King Robert), and Jerome Flynn (Bronn) from HBO's GAME OF THRONES, along with stars from TRUE BLOOD, SPARTACUS, and many other actors and writers.

Then on to Sydney.  On November 11, I will be speaking at the Sydney Opera House.  I'm informed that Lena will be on hand as well, along with Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn).  This will be an interview and Q&A, I believe.  I promise not to attempt to sing opera.  ('Kill the wabbit!  Kill the waaaaabit').

On Wednesday, November 13, I will be in Melbourne, appearing that evening for a similiar event at the Wheeler Centre.  The sponsors tell me that Michelle will be on hand for that one as well.

Afterwards it's on to Adelaide, and another SUPANOVA, November 15-17.  As with Brisbane, there will be a full lineup of signings, panels, interviews, and other events.  Mark Addy, Jerome Flynn, and Lena Headey are supposed to join me for that one as well.

For my fans elsewhere in Australia... I am sorry, but no, I am NOT appearing in Darwin, Townsville, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Alice Springs, Perth, Kangaroo Island, or any of the other cool towns and cities in your lovely country.  If you want to see me, hear me, or get your book defaced, you will need to travel to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, or Adelaide.  You can find my details, and links to the SUPANOVA webpage and other events, on the Appearances page of my website, so get yourself hither if you'd like to buy tickets.  Some of these events may sell out.  Some may be sold out already.

Last stop on the trip will be New Zealand.  Or, rather, Wellington, where I am scheduled to do a signing at Whitcoulls booksellers at 12:30 on Friday, November 22.  That will be my only public appearance in NZ; the rest of our time there will be private.

Parris and I love Australia and New Zealand and have lots of friends there, so we're looking forward eagerly to returning.  (Though I do rather wish it wasn't coming up so fast, I have so much else to do).

See you  Down Under.


Oct. 31st, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
~I wish I was in Australia to see you!~ :)

My first son Angelo is in Australia with his little family..Sydney to be exact!~
Oct. 31st, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Have a save trip!
Oct. 31st, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Wow! What golly news!
Now all I need to do is ask my parents to get me an Australian visa, sort things out with the consulate, arrange my travel plans, take a leave of absence from college....okay, it isn't particularly great news for me. Knock yourself out with your more fortunate fans, Maester Martin, I will be right here, stalking.
Oct. 31st, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
I wish you were coming to Auckland :(
Hope you have fun on your trip to Oz and windy Wellington and wherever else you go. The weather is starting to look good here, though it can rain at any time.
Simon Casey
Oct. 31st, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Happily surprised to see you coming to our fair city George, even if it is only for any hour (in public). I'll be in line early methinks.
Oct. 31st, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Poor old New Zealand, we're in parentheses:) Alas, I live in Auckland, so won't be able to see you, but enjoy your trip! We're warming the weather up specially for you.
Oct. 31st, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Have a good trip!

Do you plan to do any Lord of the Rings / Hobbit tours??

And speaking of, will you be stopping the set of The Hobbit, if they're still filming? George R.R. Martin & Peter Jackson...hmmm...! :D
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
looking forward! looooking!!!
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Do take in the Adelaide Festival Center. (Actually, a quick overview of the city is wonderful. 1830's avant garde progressive. Jeremy Bentham St.? John Stuart Mill St.? Synagogue St. downtown??) It's like the infamous Sydney Opera House turned inside out. It doesn't have an exterior. It's on a gentle slope, and the roof is a big plaza. Where you have to climb scores of stairs to get to the Opera House, into a lobby behind the stage which prohibits the main stage itself from having wings or flies (I'm not making this up. There cannot be a balletic leap exiting the stage, because the dancer would hurtle into a wall.) The Festival Center happens to be next to the train station, so it was designed with the capability to roll a boxcar onstage. That can move a lot of scenery!

If you weren't on a whirlwind tour (I make it the rough equivalent of Boston to New Orleans in a week), I'd point out Nimbin as a tourist destination/sight, but that seriously doesn't fit.
Shaun Tan
Oct. 31st, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
Only Wellington?
But but... Auckland also needs their GRRM books defaced by you, Mr Martin! :)

Ok... I'll see if I can find an excuse to be in Wellington on that Friday.

Hope you have fun in Aus and NZ.

Nov. 1st, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
Re: Only Wellington?
It's my birthday around that date so hopefully I can persuade my family to go down to Welly lol.
Nov. 1st, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know! I was so disappointed that I didn't get to see you last time you were here, on account of me coming down with the actual flu *sigh*

For people near Melbourne, the Melbourne event isn't sold out yet!
Nov. 2nd, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting the info (and sorry I haven't visited the site for a while, mea culpa!)

The Melbourne event is actually at Dallas Brooks Hall and as merinnan commented, hasn't sold out yet, here is the info for others interested in going http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/game-of-thrones-with-george-r-r-martin-and-michelle-fairley/
Nov. 3rd, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
Oh lovely! What a shame you won't be coming to Auckland or Christchurch, which is where I either live or will be working while you're around!

Either way, I hope our lovely spring weather will be kind to you! I've already ditched my jacked and closed shoes for short sleeves and flip flops (or jandals, as we call them)

Enjoy your trip!
Nov. 5th, 2013 10:58 am (UTC)
Extremely looking forwards to meeting you/being yet another face in the book signing mill at Brisbane on my birthday! I hope you enjoy the convention!
Nov. 7th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Sigh. I have 3 assignments due next week plus another one due the week after.
Admittedly the tickets are probably already sold out.


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