Cool viking gets a warm Goondiwindi welcome

A cool viking strode into Goondiwindi last week, and while he didn’t wind up in a gutter pledging undying love, he did in the words of another modern day warrior, promise, “I’ll be back”.

That is, if we want him.

And if the response to his visit last week as a special guest of the Macintyre Young Writers’ Committee is anything to go by, it won’t be too long before his next visit.

“A revelation”, former Goondiwindi Argus Editor, Joe Hoffmann, said of author, Kari Gislason.

Mr Hoffmann, who was one of the driving forces behind the MYW along with his wife Rose, and Goondiwindi teacher Catherine Day, said Kari’s presentation at the 20th anniversary dinner at the Royal Hotel last week, was “one of the best” given by the myriad of literary guests over the years.

He was indeed a hard act to follow, but the people’s poet, Rupert McCall did it with style, class, self-effacing wit and a prodigious memory.

Like the veteran entertainer he is, he left the more than 100 people there, wanting more.

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RIGHT: Author Kari Gislason was a hit with book lovers inlcuding Kerry Corish.

RIGHT: Author Kari Gislason was a hit with book lovers inlcuding Kerry Corish.