Brisbane Writer’s Fest Highlights 2009


I recently spoke at Brisbane Writer’s Fest which I loved. The beautiful State Library of QLD, sunshine, the river, coffee, telling stories, lots of sessions, lunches, breakfasts and parties. Too good. Here are some pics and, at the end, a few fest highlights.

Nit Boy audience in the Breezeway

They were a fun and wild crowd.

Brisbane’s State Library by night.

Photo by the multi-talented Amber Melody.

Griffith University students performing scenes from my book, Mac Slater, Coolhunter 2:

I Love NY

The audience in the Mac Slater 2: I Love NY book gig.

Some Fest Highlights

* The incredible audiences across the board, especially the four-hundred kids each morning in the Breezeway tent between the Library and the Gallery of Modern Art. They were so juiced.

* Getting tips on research and fascinating pirate facts from Sherryl Clark.

* Meeting the affable Scott Monk and the lovely Melaina Faranda.

* Catching up with James Roy. He’s a funny man with an encyclopedic rolodex of one-liners at the ready. He was a hit at the fest.

* Hanging out with all the cool publishing people, editors etc. who support the festival. Kids’ book folks tend to be good humans all-round.

* A funny session with Jack Heath and Charlotte McConaghy where we spoke about the perils of starting out as storytellers at a young age.

* Skyping with Tempany Deckert on the big screen from LA in our it’s yr life session

* Seeing Belinda Jeffrey and Rebecca Sparrow in a Fest Fringe battle-of-the-writers event. I heard Belinda’s session at BWF was a scream, too.

* Some thoughts on a zen approach to my upcoming US release from Andy Griffiths.

* The grapes in the green room.



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