Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2015
I was lucky enough to be heading along to the festival with Louise Allan, an up and coming writer herself, who was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Manuscript award earlier this year. Louise and I have been in a writing group for some time now, and I am always in awe of the fabulous ways her mind works and the fact that it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a boring conversation with her. We road-tripped down from Perth to Margaret River, taking an unplanned detour through Bunbury when we missed the turn off onto the bypass (oops) and arrived just after lunch, in time for an afternoon session on Autobiography and Family History featuring three Margaret River based writers and last-minute rope in David Leser. It was at this point that we met up with the third member of our trio, prolific and hilarious blogger Rae Hilhorst, whom I had never met before except through social media. The three of us headed back to our amazing accommodation, a three bedroom townhouse walking distance of all the main shops and restaurants, and a very short hike from the Festival venue.
Reading, Writing and Riesling and reconnected with Jane, whom we had befriended last year at the festival! We also spent some time chatting to fellow WA Writers to watch (as seen on Amanda Curtin's blog) Amanda Gardiner and Kim Coull, and their friend Jo, actor/writers Claire and Glen, Margaret River Press publisher Caroline Wood, authors Lynne Leonhardt, Amanda Curtin and Laurie Steed... (takes big breath!) so as you can see it was a very social event for a bunch of introverts.
After a brisk and chilly walk through the fog back to the apartment, we were greeted by the thoughtful hum of a central heating system which had turned itself on while we were out (Hooray!) and stayed up late into the night talking about the various merits of Outlander, Game of Thrones and Poldark (which I haven't seen yet but I'm thinking it's on the to do list!) Then, it was off to bed to turn on our electric blankets and dream of John Marsden, who we would be seeing that very next morning.
Lovely Rae started our day off the right way by sussing out a) where the good baked goodies were sold and b) that there were attractive young football players in the vicinity when she went out in search of caffeinated beverages with which to wake us up. Coffeed and dressed (and looking very artistic, I must say), we started our walk up the hill, only stopping to get coffee number two as we reached The Urban Bean. The first item of the day was John Marsden, whose philosophies on writing, teaching and taking risks perfectly explain why I love his books so much: this is a man with his priorities in the right order, and a man who knows how to have fun, and how to have adventures, and he is also extreeeeeeeemely smart. We each left that session with a little crush on him, and I am desperate to revisit the Tomorrow series if I can find the time, and possibly revisit my 12th year of life in doing so!
|John Marsden with session chair, Rosemary Sayer|
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