Literary festivals seem to be springing up all over the place these days. I think that is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! It’s a chance for people to share their enthusiasm for reading and writing… and you can never have enough of that as far as I am concerned. 🙂 So today, I’m going to tell you about one of these festivals — The Art of Words: 2012 Bayside Literary Festival.
I live in the Melbourne Bayside area so, of course, I jumped at the chance of being involved with the local literary festival. I’ve participated in three sessions so far, and I have one more to go. Plus I’ll be attending some of the other sessions as an audience member.
The festival kicked off on the evening of Thursday 21 June with a Gala Launch at the Brighton Town Hall. Hosted by Corinne Grant, the launch featured readings from numerous authors, including PD Martin, Vikki Petraitis, Narrelle M Harris, and myself.
And the whole thing will conclude on Sunday 15 July with a Long Lunch hosted by Max Allen, author of The History of Australian Wine: Stories from the Vineyard to the Cellar Door.
In between these two bookend sessions, there will be lots of things happening — readings, workshops, panel discussion and talks. I’ve already participated in a session of readings and a workshop on microfiction. I’m planning on attending the First Pages session (12 July) at which Romy Ash, Chris Flynn, Andrew Grimes and 2012 Vogel Winner Paul D Carter will discuss their acclaimed debut novels. And my eldest daughter and a friend are booked in to hear Sally Rippin (author of Billie B. Brown and Hey Jack!) speak. I’ll probably also head on over to hear Andy Griffiths speak.
The festival is covering a diverse range of literary topics — everything for memoires to youth literature; from writing radio plays to creating fantasy worlds; from philosophy to book sculpture. So there really is something for everyone.
On Saturday 7 July I’ll be taking part in a panel discussion called What’s Fit to Print: Issues in Youth Literature. Also on this panel are authors Kelly Gardiner and Hazel Edwards, and Program Coordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature, Adele Walsh. Should be an interesting discussion! So, if you’re interested in YA and teen fiction, come along.
Check out the full festival programme online. I’ll be very surprised if you don’t find at least one session to interest you.
And tune in next time for a little bit of microfiction.
Catch ya later, George
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