Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011 Wrapup

A frenetic, satisfying and thought-provoking week in the sunshine at Sydney Writers’ Festival last week. Was lucky enough to participate in a varied crop of events from ‘Marketing in the Age of Twitter’ with the lovely and knowledgeable Alvina Ling from Little Brown in the US to interviewing Singapore-based children’s / adult author Shamini Flint. Here are some pics…

Being interviewed by SWF TV. I look as though I am about to lunge at the interviewer and tear the mike from her hands.
View of the crowd at Primary School Days Town Hall event. I hosted some amazing presenters – Deborah Abela, Richard Newsome, Garth Nix, Sean Williams and Morris Gleitzman. I’m unsure if the purple glow is flare from the lights or the audience’s aura.
The perfect location for a festival. I love the fact that most of the events are free. The organisers did an extraordinary job. I really enjoyed writer / actor Brendan Cowell’s session, interviewed by James Valentine. Many luminaries in the audience.
I was lucky enough to dine with Meredene Hill from UQP and Elizabeth Steed, author of the new title,  The Sparrows of Edward Street. We had lunch at The Sydney Theatre Company Wharf, where I did work experience when I was sixteen. A David Williamson play Sirens was bumping in during that week way back when.
Very proud of the first two copies of my very shiny new book, Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space.
With Shamini Flint after our session on cross-cultural storytelling. Shamini was a star of the fest and a big hit on The Chaser stage the night before our session.


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