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Sydney Writers Festival program out now

April 1, 2011

In case you missed it on Twitter and Facebook (where I do most of my ‘festival program’ linking as there are just too many to blog about), the program for the 2011 Sydney Writers Festival (16-22 May) has been announced. The blurb: ‘The 2011 Sydney Writers’ Festival proudly presents some of the world’s finest poets, […]

A mini-diary of Perth Writers Festival 2011

A mini-diary of Perth Writers Festival 2011

March 12, 2011 2 Comments

Thursday On the flight over I read Jonah Lehrer, watch Animal Planet and listen to Philip Glass and Emily Haines. Nathan Scolaro picks me up at the airport and on the drive we discuss some of the festival authors. Nathan asks if I’ve read Armistead Maupin and I say, unfortunately, no. He loves Tales Of […]

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

August 9, 2010 2 Comments

A sun-drenched and possibly superficial series of blog posts Around 9pm on Wednesday night I rolled into Gold Coast airport. My talented friend Omar Musa was on the same bus into Byron and we decided we should go out and wreak some havoc. Havoc was kebabs and a quiet pub where a young blonde man by […]

Countdown to Byron Bay Writers Festival

Countdown to Byron Bay Writers Festival

July 26, 2010 2 Comments

I’ve been in a lot of aeroplanes lately – flying out from Melbourne, flying in novels, and in dreams. Sometimes the ports look similar. Familiar, unfamiliar. My life is literature, is writing, is reading, and always passion, and there are good and bad things about being intertwined with fiction, about consistent imagining. It can be expansive, […]

A few sessions at Writers at the Convent, 2010

A few sessions at Writers at the Convent, 2010

February 16, 2010 2 Comments

I caught three sessions at Writers at the Convent last weekend – run by Reader’s Feast Bookstore, held at the gorgeous Abbotsford Convent. The session ‘We’ll always have Paris’ featured chef Shannon Bennett (Shannon Bennett’s Paris) and Elizabeth Bard (Lunch in Paris) who is a New Yorker living in that magical city. Bennett is a Melbourne-based chef/restaurateur […]

Chairing panels at writers’ festivals: a few things I’ve learnt

Chairing panels at writers’ festivals: a few things I’ve learnt

October 27, 2009 11 Comments

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2009 ‘Blogging, Dissent & Solidarity’ session. Kadek Adidharma, Dian Hartati, yours truly, Ng Yi-Sheng & Antony Loewenstein. Pic from official festival Facebook page. I’ve attended several writers’ festivals over the last three years, and in the past year have begun to chair or sit on panels at some of these. […]

10 things about Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2009

10 things about Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2009

October 18, 2009 4 Comments

After Ruby J Murray’s On Writing in the World: Ten Things About Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2009. 1. Flying over the top end – veiny, crater-filled land, mercury lakes and billabongs. The corny sea creature carpet at Darwin airport where there’s a smoking area and men in matching shirts drinking VB. Realising in the […]

Hello busy lady, what have you been up to? Festivals!

Hello busy lady, what have you been up to? Festivals!

September 16, 2009 13 Comments

Madness, and much excitement. In October I am off to the National Young Writers Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, back to back – seven panels. And the past month has been one of changes and revelations – but more on those in time. Now, I would like to tell you what I […]