Chairing panels and interviewing authors on stage: a few things I’ve learnt

* Please find the 2018 update of this post here. It’s been five years since I first wrote a piece like this, and after seeing the topic come up in an author’s Facebook thread, I figured it was time for an update. I’m sharing what I’ve learnt about chairing and interviewing authors on stage, particularly … Continue reading Chairing panels and interviewing authors on stage: a few things I’ve learnt

Bits & bobs: support the Queensland Literary Awards, MWF blogging

In response to QLD Premier Campbell Newman's axing of the Premier's Literary Awards, a passionate group of people have rallied together to make sure a version of the awards is still going ahead: the Queensland Literary Awards. The judges are hard at work and now they're looking for some financial support so that the winning … Continue reading Bits & bobs: support the Queensland Literary Awards, MWF blogging

Fragments from the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012

‘As a writer, what you leave out says as much as what you put in.’—Jeanette Winterson — Lying in the hotel room—white walls, painted beams and sheets—feeling sick with nerves, scribbling questions in the margins of questions. Jeanette Winterson, so far away from me in the Opera House that I cannot make out her face. … Continue reading Fragments from the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012

Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers' Festival, in its usual form, has thus far been about tequila shots and one long drunken conversation about The Wall. Yesterday I went to some actual sessions. Here's a write-up of two of those. Typecast The first session I attended yesterday was all about 'typecasting'. Do the authors on the panel agree with … Continue reading Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

2010 Emerging Writers' Festival in full swing

With the beaming Lisa Dempster at its helm, the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival, here in Melbourne, is in full swing. So far I've attended The First Word (the opening night), one of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Sessions (which received a great write-up here by Thuy-Linh Nguyen), the Page Parlour, and last night's Wordstock performance - … Continue reading 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival in full swing