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NYWF series: an interview with Nadia Saccardo

NYWF series: an interview with Nadia Saccardo

Bethanie Blanchard October 4, 2013

“Smith Journal was really conceived as a place to kind of pull out stories that get lost between the internet and other print media or don’t get the attention they deserve, so it could be an old dude building boats or it could be a robot worker, or something like that. But it’s really our […]

NYWF series: an interview with Alice Bell

NYWF series: an interview with Alice Bell

Bethanie Blanchard September 30, 2013

Ahead of her appearances at the National Young Writers’ Festival, I spoke with Alice Bell about screenwriting, The Slap, and her unusual career niche.

NYWF series: an interview with Adam Liaw

NYWF series: an interview with Adam Liaw

Bethanie Blanchard September 23, 2013

Ahead of his appearances at the National Young Writers' Festival, I spoke with Adam Liaw about food writing, having a public profile, and the tendency towards cliche in food journalism

Melbourne Writers Festival 2013 program launch: an interview with Director Lisa Dempster

Melbourne Writers Festival 2013 program launch: an interview with Director Lisa Dempster

Bethanie Blanchard July 18, 2013 2 Comments

Before the full launch of the 2013 MWF program, I spoke with the festival director Lisa Dempster on the writers chosen for inclusion in this year's line up.

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2013: an interview with Director Sam Twyford-Moore

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2013: an interview with Director Sam Twyford-Moore

Bethanie Blanchard May 17, 2013

Beginning as a one-day zine fair in 2004, the Emerging Writers Festival has expanded to ten days of events, workshops, panel discussions and gala nights, as well as digital events using the #ewf13 hashtag — and it all begins next week! I’m very excited to be a part of two events this year: hosting a masterclass […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 program highlights

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2013 program highlights

Bethanie Blanchard April 12, 2013

The full Sydney Writers’ Festival program has just been released and new Director Jemma Birrell has curated a wonderful line up. As well as showcasing our incredible Australian writers and authors, I’m particularly excited about the international guests coming out — such as Diego Marani, Anis Mojgani, Naomi Wolf, James Wood, Karl Ove Knausgaard, even […]

Marked in ink: the Younger Young Writers’ Program

Marked in ink: the Younger Young Writers’ Program

Bethanie Blanchard October 3, 2012 2 Comments

This interview is cross-posted from NYWF where I’m one of the official bloggers this year. When I walk into the launch of the Younger Young Writers’ Journal on the final night of NYWF, the young writers are covered in blue paint, faint blue marks smudged on their cheeks from journals recently printed, the ink not yet […]

An interview with Christian Lander from <i>Stuff White People Like</i>

An interview with Christian Lander from Stuff White People Like

Bethanie Blanchard October 1, 2012

This interview is cross-posted from NYWF where I’m one of the official bloggers this year. It’s easy to doubt yourself when writing to Christian Lander. But it’s only after I send him my interview questions that I realise they’re written in Helvetica and that I’ve just potentially marked myself as hopelessly ‘white person’ too. Lander has […]

eBooks and serendipity machines: an interview with Connor Tomas O’Brien

eBooks and serendipity machines: an interview with Connor Tomas O’Brien

Bethanie Blanchard September 27, 2012 2 Comments

This interview is cross-posted from NYWF where I’m one of the official bloggers this year. There’s a small link at the top of Bkclb’s Infinite Book project which directs to the Wikipedia entry on Borges’ The Book of Sand – a typically curious Borges tale about a book of all books that is ‘exactly infinite’: possessing […]

‘Writing, making, drinking, thinking’: Interview with NYWF co-director Pip Smith.

‘Writing, making, drinking, thinking’: Interview with NYWF co-director Pip Smith.

Bethanie Blanchard September 19, 2012

I asked co-director Pip Smith a few questions about the program and what we can expect at this year’s festival.

Smells like community spirit: TiNA and the National Young Writers Festival

Smells like community spirit: TiNA and the National Young Writers Festival

Bethanie Blanchard September 14, 2012 2 Comments

At the end of September every year, Newcastle is besieged by writers and artists flocking to the city for four days of workshops, performances, panel discussions and the sort of drinking that usually happens when young creative types gather. This is Not Art is a national independent arts festival for emerging and experimental writers, performers […]

<i>Going Down Swinging</i> #33 launch: Interview with Geoff Lemon

Going Down Swinging #33 launch: Interview with Geoff Lemon

Bethanie Blanchard September 1, 2012

Amongst all the many panel discussions, debates, and ‘in conversations’, the Melbourne Writers Festival is the site of launches for new and established literary magazines. MWF has hosted the Big Issue Fiction Edition, Seven Stories, Veranda and Above Water to name just a few. The closing night of MWF tomorrow will see the launch of the latest issue of Going Down […]

Plato, P-rn and Wilde: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part two

Plato, P-rn and Wilde: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part two

Bethanie Blanchard August 30, 2012

Day Two The second day of the festival brought the New Yorker event I had been waiting for, The New Yorker: What’s the Story? This time set at BMW Edge, with a smaller cast from the magazine – editorial director Henry Finder, staff writer David Grann and music critic Sasha Frere-Jones. Though the Keynote may […]

Critics, upstarts and PowerPoint devils: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part one

Critics, upstarts and PowerPoint devils: Notes from the Melbourne Writers Festival — part one

Bethanie Blanchard August 29, 2012

Writers festivals are my favourite time to be in any city. The streets are buzzing and there’s an excitement about discussions of writing, politics and ideas. I’ve been lucky enough to be travelling a little this year for writerly events. I’ve been to the Sydney Writers Festival, Varuna, and next month I’ll be in Newcastle for the National […]

Lisa Dempster emerges as new Melbourne Writers Festival Director

Lisa Dempster emerges as new Melbourne Writers Festival Director

Bethanie Blanchard August 16, 2012

The Melbourne Writers Festival launches next week, and is Steve Grimwade’s last as festival Director. It has been an unusual time in the literary festival scene, with the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Emerging Writers’ Festivals all changing Directors. Yesterday afternoon, Bookseller + Publisher announced that Lisa Dempster, outgoing Director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) […]