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Aunt Enid in New Zealand…

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I shared this video with my Patreon supporters when I was in New Zealand … learn more about the next Aunt Enid book.

(warning: contains minor spoilers).

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I’m back from my trip to New Zealand for the longest running Steampunk Festival in the Southern Hemisphere, in Oamaru. I’ll be posting photos and videos during the month as I work my way through about a thousand photos and videos.

I’ve joined the the League of Victorian Imagineers, which includes such illustrious members as Billy Connolly!The Festival was held in the Victorian Precint of Oamaru. Most events were held in Harbour Street, Tyne Street or in the main road, Thames Street. Nineteenth century buildings line all three. During the event Harbour Street was festooned with festive bunting, reminiscent of the street parties for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation – most fitting as the event was held on the Queen’s Birthday weekend and this year’s theme was celebrating the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria.

The costume parade (The Gaslight Fantasies of Steam and Stitches Fashion Show) was held in the Opera House, which was officially opened in 1907 and is heritage listed.

While I was there I took the opportunity to do some research. Several of the seats in the balcony section have been restored to their original condition. Under the seats are wire frames to store top hats so fellow attendees can watch the entertainment unhindered. This has inspired a few ideas for book two of The Department of Curiosities series… 
And I donated a copy of The Department of Curiosities to the Oamaru branch of the Waitaki District Libraries. It will take a while to go through the system and then will be available to borrow. (I’m told you can do inter-library loans in NZ as well.) A big thank you to Jean (pictured) and Macleod for making me feel welcome. They were keen to have another steampunk novel available for borrowing.

I’ve also made a start on the second ‘Aunt Enid’ mystery, A Fey Tale. Now I ‘m back in Oz, I’ve got more research to do on 1920s Adelaide and start work on a new book blurb.

Photos: ©2019 Karen J Carlisle.

Happy International Steampunk Day

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First Steampunk Festival NZ is done!

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I shared the first of my videos from my visit to the Steampunk Festival in Oamaru, New Zealand. It will go live soon, so watch this space!

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Missed my Live Chat?

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Today I chatted with Patreon supporters about the New Zealand steampunk festival, book donations and shared photos.

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June Patreon Live Chat

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This month’s Patreon reward live chat will be this Saturday (Australian Central Time) from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm – so check your time zones and mark your calendars!
I’ve had a great time at SteampunkNZ Steampunk Festival and have some ideas for stories…
Thanks to increased support of my Patrons on Patreon, I’ve almost reached the first bonus reward goal: video live chats! 
This month I’m doing research into  my various options for Video Livechat.
Just in case.

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Hello from Oamaru Steampunk Festival!

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Hello everyone, from Oamaru, New Zealand.

It’s our first time in our fellow lands of the Antipodes. We’ve met new friends and shared tea and cake (thank you to Angele Beesley-Mackenzie for inviting us).
The Steampunk Festival is just gearing up and we’re here! This is the Harbour Street Victorian Precinct where most of the events will be held. Can’t wait!


Originally published at karen j carlisle. You can comment here or there.

While I’m in Oamaru for the NZ Steampunk Festival, I donated a copy of The Department of Curiosities to the Oamaru branch of the Waitiki District Libraries. It will take a while to go through the system and then will be available to borrow. (I’m told you can do inter-library loans in NZ as well.)
A big thank you to Jean (pictured) and Macleod for making me feel welcome. They were keen to have another steampunk novel available for borrowing.
Photo by Macleod. (I hope I’m spelling her name correctly). (Me, David Carlisle and Jean Rivett, Assitant Manager of Oamaru Library)

Join the Launch Party today!

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