Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers' Festival Page Parlour


I am invincible.


I have survived 11 days of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, from which I am currently liveblogging, on its final day. Around me are indie publishers, zinesters, perusers, cupcakes, hot chips, Lisa Demster (hello!), Sean Whelan’s cool skeleton badge, and a spiderweb roof. A man just explained of my liveblogging to his wife as he walked by ‘It’s Gen Y…’ Chris Currie and Krissy Kneen are buying Stop Drop and Roll at the next table. I am at the Vignette Press and Aduki Independent Press table. I walked over with Steven Amsterdam, whose panel I’ll be running off to catch in a minute…


I have survived interviewing 15 great writers in the 15 Minutes of Fame sessions.


I survived a full working week even after a few wines and nervous-not-sleep-energy every night during the festival.


I survived a panel session, The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, yesterday, and even felt ridiculously pleased with how it went. I survived my first real forays into public speaking!


I survived a few nights of absolute unaccountable levels of scotch in my system, including last night. Hey, I’m awake! I’m coherent! I’m craving carbs…


I survived having an incredible amount of sexy, intelligent writers around me without bursting into flames, or exploding. I may still though…


I will share all of this in a photo journal over the coming days, including photos from time in my new role as ‘party ambassador’ (which I stole from Nathan Curnow – the poet-bunny-rock star).


Coming up soon on le blog: Sydney Writers Fest link round-up, reviews, interviews with Tom Cho and Sarah Manguso, and my talk from the Revolution Will Be Downloaded panel. Should I try and film myself saying it? Or do you prefer the words? Peace out.


11 thoughts on “Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers' Festival Page Parlour

  1. I’m going to post up my host’s intro talk about Tuesday or Wednesday. And congrats for the epic effort over the past 11 days 😉

  2. I’m going to back you up on that new ambassador role. Do people know you danced to Michael Jackson (or are you okay with that anyway?)

  3. I enjoyed what events of the writers’ festival I went to. Your spiel at the blogging panel sounded like you’d done a heap of public speaking before.

    • Cheers! Well, I’ll be doing other festivals later in the year, so it’s great to know I came across alright. I appreciate your comment. Hope you enjoyed the festival overall.

  4. Hey–

    Thanks for giving a great talk at the EWF (always sounds strange when you say “efw” aloud). It’s inspired to get myself into gear and put my blog in a particular direction. Well, more like start a new blog entirely that actually has focus and continue to post pictures of my pets and me getting angry at televisions on my current one.
    Am looking forward to reading the talk, too.

    By the way, your necklace was very nice. Looks like it came from some place like the Esoteric Bookshop.


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