The festival is not quite over …

So … I’m back in Sydney after 10 lovely days in Albury catching up with family and then attending the Write around the Murray Festival for five wonderful days of presentations, workshops, and the schools program.

Jason Steger and Tony Birch in conversation about Tony's novel, Blood.

Jason Steger and Tony Birch in conversation about Tony’s novel, Blood.

The festival concluded yesterday with the now traditional Big Book Club with the ABC’s The Book Club and The Age literary editor, Jason Steger in conversation with Tony Birch about his longlisted Miles Franklin Award novel, Blood as well as his other works including short fiction and essays.

Over the coming days I’ll be adding a post about this event , as well as Poh Ling Yeow’s guest appearance at the festival dinner on Saturday night and cooking at the community wood fired oven;  Blokes on Belonging – Australian Identity and Culture panel facilitated by Tony Birch and featuring Bruce Pascoe, John Danalis and Phillip Gwynne; the panel presentation, Into the Light – Women’s Stories and Women’s Identities with Jesse Blackadder, Libby Gleeson  and Sydney Smith facilitated by Irina Dunn, and The Poets’ Loft hosted by the  poet slam queen – Emilie Zoey Baker.

In the meantime, check out earlier posts covering book launches, a play reading of Emma Gibson’s, The Pyjama Girl – the play will premiere at HotHouse Theatre next month, the story of Tommy Woodcock and Phar Lap and other highlights from regional Australia’s BEST writers’ festival.



About Robyne Young

Writer, creative writing teacher, editor, columnist. Literary lover. Short story collections, The Only Constant and The Basket and the Briefcase available via website.
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