I had a great time at the Brisbane Writers Festival – although next time I’ll aim to stay longer so that I can enjoy other people’s panels and workshops, too! It was great to catch up with some friends – including romantic suspense writer Sandy Curtis, and of course fellow panelists Christine Wells and Anna Campbell.
Our panel session chaired by Glen Thomas from QUT, was fun and lively, with a great audience with good questions. My workshop yesterday was also enjoyable – it was a great group of writers, again with good questions that led to some lively discussions. I just wished I could have stayed longer, but I had to leave shortly after lunch to get to the airport and my flights home, via Sydney, as there’s no direct Brisbane-Armidale flight.
This morning’s news is that an interview I did some time back with Graeme Blundell from The Australian has been published in the newspaper today – A Popular Misconception. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the interview with Graeme – he was interested, open, and we had a lengthy discussion. He’s such an interesting person himself, that I would have loved to have kept talking with him. (For my overseas readers, Graeme has had a lengthy career in Australian theatre, film and television, and has contributed a great deal to the shaping of Australian culture and perfomance arts.) For someone of Graeme’s standing to be so positive about my books and to present such a balanced article on the genre is wonderful… and I confess I’m still wearing a broad grin, feeling like dancing around, and at the same time moved enough to cry a little.
‘Nuanced and precisely shaped’. Graeme Blundell, The Australian.
Thank you, Graeme.
It’s definitely a good day today.