More Adventures of Albert Ramsbottom

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Albert and the little bird


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Albert and the policeman


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Albert and the school play


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Albert and the stockmarket


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Albert and the wedding


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Albert finds out about santa


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Albert goes missing


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Albert goes to gnomesville


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Albert goes to king island


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Albert goes to quindalup


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Albert goes to sunday school


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Albert goes whale watching


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Albert makes new friends


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Albert runs away from home


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Albert takes piano lessons


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Alberts birthday party


For many years my Mum, Dorothy, has been reading Marriott Edgar's Albert Ramsbottom monologues to live audiences and on radio - you could say I have grown up listening to the adventures of Albert!

One Christmas, when I was sailing from Fremantle to Quindalup, I had an idea to write Albert goes to Quindalup. The years passed and it wasn't until July 2007, when ABC 720 radio presenter Ron Tait seeded the idea to mum, during one of her "Dorothy's Dittys" segments, that it was time for a new Albert poem to hit the stage. That's how Albert goes to Quindalup was born!

Dot I so enjoyed this writing experience that it wasn't long before the idea for Albert goes to King Island was conceived. King Island is a small island off the north coast of Tasmania, famous for its beef and cheese. I had visited my sister and brother-in-law there in 2001 and it seemed like the perfect place for young Albert to turn up!

Eric Bibb once said, "songs often come in threes" and sure enough Albert goes Whale Watching came to life after a whale turned up in the bay near my house! So now I had three and I said to Mum "I guess that's it unless another idea emerges where Albert could have some fun."

Little did I know Albert number four was just around the corner. As Christmas approached my mums friend Maria said "I wonder if Jane could write you a Christmas Albert to read on the radio." This was the only excuse I needed to write Albert finds out about Santa!

The Ramsbottoms But my adventure with Albert was far from over! My nephew, Adam, was married on the 1st December 2007 and by Christmas I had written Albert and the Wedding.

By now, Albert Ramsbottom was well and truely part of my imagination. I opened my mind to the numerous adventures of my favourite little character. After Christmas 2007, Steve and I set off on another long road journey, across Australia, on motorcycles. Travelling by motorcycle was very conducive to writing about Albert. The Wind In The Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, was the first book I read while lazing around the camp site. I was so taken by the characters in this book that I couldn't stop myself from writing Albert makes New Friends.

Albert and the Little Bird was written during a wintry day while we were camped on Phillip Island and Albert goes Missing was written on the road, on the way home. I had a great time composing the verses while I was riding along and then jotting them down at each pit stop! As soon as each new "Albert" was completed I always phoned mum with the exciting news. Ours is a team effort. I am writing them, and mum is reading them on the radio. We were starting to have real fun by now as I had written eight.

The real wonder of writing these monologues is I never know where the story is going to take me. I just come up with the idea and start writing. The stories unfold before my very eyes and no one is more surprised than me! Alberts Birthday Party and Albert goes to Sunday School were both written at our country hideout in the South West of Western Australia, always a wonderful place to write.

Alberts takes Piano Lessons was a story I just couldn't resist, especially with mum being a music teacher!

Now I had 11. But 11 is a strange number and I just kept thinking "I can't stop at 11!" So number 12, Albert and the School Play came along!

Luckily I didn't stop at 12! Albert is part of my life now, and as the ideas continue unfold, I love to find a quiet space to write. Like all small children, Albert runs away from home as well!

With the 2008 world economic meltdown, I just had to write Albert and the Stockmarket!

While the Ramsbottoms were touring Western Australia they happened upon the small village of Gnomesville. Albert goes to Gnomesville will tell you all about their visit to the village where all the gnomes live!

I hope you enjoy these monologues. The escapades of Albert live on in every verse I write and writing them has seemed like magic to me. It would be true to say that writing about Albert Ramsbottom has been one of the most joyous writing experiences I have ever had.

The Boy Enjoy
Jane


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