Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

I'll be brief as I'm on the road and very busy, but hopefully will write soon to tell you about going to the V&A in London to see the Bowie exhibition, and visiting Stratford-upon-Avon—Shakespeare's birthplace and grave! I just wanted to put up the panels/interviews I'm hosting at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year, … Continue reading Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

Writers Victoria: a new name + the 2012 program

Writers Victoria is launching its new name (formerly the Victorian Writers Centre) and 2012 program tonight. Unfortunately I can't make it as I'll be out in the country for a wedding (of two writers!) but I had a chat with WV director Roderick Poole about the changes... The Victorian Writers Centre has changed its name … Continue reading Writers Victoria: a new name + the 2012 program

Writers for Burma, Wheeler Centre Program Three & other upcoming events

There are many events on the Melbourne literary calendar and mostly I'll track what looks interesting on Twitter, but there are a few coming up I'd like to devote a bit more space to... On October 3 is Writers for Burma, at the Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, Carlton, from 2:30pm. MC and organiser Paul Mitchell … Continue reading Writers for Burma, Wheeler Centre Program Three & other upcoming events

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

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. … Continue reading Chairing panels at writers’ festivals: a few things I’ve learnt

Melbourne launch of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature

The Red Rotunda at the Cowen Gallery at the State Library of Victoria is filled with silver-haired literary giants, and a young woman enters, sweaty and carrying two bags (she has walked from work). She sees a couple of familiar faces but is too intimidated to talk to them. She clasps a glass of champagne and … Continue reading Melbourne launch of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature