Well, I took talking to strangers to a whole new level over the weekend. I saw fit to talk to anyone that made eye contact [and some that didn’t] purely because I was so excited to attend my first Bendigo Writers Festival. I spoke to the local bus driver whose wife suggested he should put his passengers exploits in a book; I acted tourist advisor to visiting ladies attending the Maticevski exhibit at the Art Gallery and solved their dilemma of lost tickets; I talked at length to the barista as I gulped down my third, or fourth, latte for the day; I talked to aspiring writers and avid readers [the former would be wise to also be the latter]. I even got to speak to some of the amazing guest speakers one on one.
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.