So it’s that time of the year again when Melbourne is descended upon by the cream of the “new writing” crop — the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF). I was lucky enough to be invited down last year to talk about my blog “Operas I Have Written for My Cats”. Sorry, no, that’s my other project. It was for this place, where you’re reading this. Back when I wrote a short story a day. Anyway…
I had such a good time last year, and was so impressed with the organisation, enthusiasm and energy around the festival (by far the best Writers Festival I’d been to) that I simply had to go back. This year I’ll be in conversation with writer, artist and performer Beth Sometimes, and more specifically about her Adventure in Postcards, where she wrote a postcard to “someone or something” every day for a year. The results were compiled in her charming and impressive book From Sometimes Love Beth. Our conversation will form part of the EWF’s From Here to There series, during their jam-packed Town Hall Program, which you can buy a pass to for the whole weekend May 29-30. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed.
I had such a great time last year taking part in a From Here to There session, chatting with Stef Convery about Furious Horses, and answering questions from a mind-bogglingly enthusiastic audience. I was also fortunate enough to be able to stick around the town hall and encounter a whole bunch of other wonderful discussions, panels and performances. If you’re anywhere near Melbourne, I encourage you to do the same. EWF has been running from May 21, and has all sorts of brilliant things going on, both in and around Melbourne, and on Twitter.
I would love to list all the sessions I want to attend, but it’ll be quicker just to point you to the EWF program. I’ll see you there!