My dad, Merv, is a humble man, he has worked hard since the age of 13 when he left school and is currently still fighting off retirement as a plasterer. He is a voracious reader but was not really happy that I told him I was leaving a full time job to concentrate on my writing for a while [He has a valid point says my negative bank balance and uninspired dinner options]. I was a bit put out by his opposition but I understood where he was coming from. I just thought that I placed more value in being artistic and he didn't.
I have a long history with the Bendigo Writers Council. My first attendance back in 2009 happened to be preceded by their AGM and all of a sudden I was a signed up council member before even attending an event! I went on to be Newsletter Editor and enjoyed our monthly events with so many wonderful writers, artists and industry experts. I have been away from the writing caper a few years and so attending the BWC was also rain-checked. I am happy to be attending once more.
The rain fell heavily during my quick dip into an event at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Kate Grenville, celebrated writer of The Secret River, unfortunately had to cancel her event scheduled later in the day. In the leadlight room at the Holgate Hotel however a thoroughly enlightening Q & A with Kate Larsen and Sheila Drummond gave valuable insight in to the current state of the publishing industry in Australia. Kate is a writer, poet and art manager and current Director of Writers Victoria and Sheila Drummond, of The Drummond Agency, established in 1997 is a member of the Australian Literary Agents Association (ALAA).
Kylie Parkinson is a writer, a reader and a daydream believer.