Snow softened the top of Mt Wellington and freezing blasts of wind pushed woollen clad crowds off the streets into Fullers Bookshop on Thursday night. The contrast was stark as Chris Gallagher and I conversed about the realities of living in the heart of Australia in the Simpson Desert. The surreal difference of talking to camels and goannas in the desert to being surrounded by a supportive, caring crowd on my home turf listening to me speak was almost too much to take in. Eyes glistened and smiles washed over faces, my own as well as peoples in the audience, as my book is officially launched in Tasmania, hooray! Thanks everyone!