Love Your Bookshop Day – 11th of August

 

This year bookshops across Australia are throwing a party and you are invited! Love Your Bookshop Day is a chance to celebrate what makes your local bookshop great. Whether it’s for their amazing staff, their carefully curated range or specialisation or a must-see events program, we encourage you to visit your favourite bookshop on Saturday 11 August and join in with the celebrations.

Don’t forget to tag using #loveyourbookshopday and share why your bookshop is special using the hash tag #whyIlovemybookshop

For more info go here: Love Your Bookshop Day

 

 

 

Wordfest 2018

Rosalie Ham the author of The Dressmaker taught at *Wordfest2018.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend her creative writing workshop and sheepishly asked her to sign my book at the end of the class, which she was only too happy to do!  She commented it was lovely to sign a real life physical book and wished me luck with my writing.

I received some good productive tips to tighten my work and made a few new fellow writer friends .  Overall I am glad I attended it was one of the best workshops I have attended at a writing festival.

*WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, writing workshops and competitions.

 

 

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018

The Melbourne Writers Festival is happening in Melbourne, Australia from 24 August till 2 September.

Victoria’s premier annual literary event. The Festival connects writers and stories to celebrate a world of literature, explore universal ideas, and inspire a global community of readers.

This year’s Festival theme is exploring the theme of revolutions past, present and future, it’s revolutionary ideas and fresh new voices that will power this year’s Festival – and invigorate everyone who reads.

For all sessions and workshops check out their website here:

Melbourne Writers Festival

 

 

FWF 2018: Rewriting the Story

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The Feminist Writers Festival is happening this year in Melbourne in May.

The Feminist Writers Festival takes place in Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust in Melbourne, Australia.   The theme this year is “Rewriting the Story” and as described on their website:

“Rewriting the Story invites you to explore feminist thinking and writing now. Discover how feminist writers in Australia are using words to make change, creating powerful personal and political narratives, and choosing stories over silence. Hear how feminist writers are tackling topics of violence against women, activism and advocacy, and how women actively mentor one another, sustain feminist voices, come together and break the silence. Learn about skilling up, inclusivity, creating communities and working towards change.”

For all sessions and workshops check follow the link below:

FWF 2018: Rewriting the Story

What Inspires Me: Fran Lebowitz

Last week I saw Fran Lebowitz at the Athenaeum Theatre which The Wheelers Centre organised.
Fran is someone who inspired me to speak my truth when I write and not be apologetic for it.

These were three of her quotes which resonated with me that night:

 “The reason I read so much is because it’s better than life.”

“I write so slowly I could write with my own blood and I wouldn’t hurt myself.”

 “You can’t teach writing –
It’s like teaching people to be tall.”

 

Fran Lebowitz – 2nd of March 2018, Melbourne Australia

 

What Inspires Me: Nigella Lawson

 
Last month I saw Nigella Lawson at the School of Life ‘On Why Food Matters.”
Nigella is someone who inspired me and my cooking due to her not being a professional chef and simply loving food and writing about it.

These were two of her quotes which resonated with me that night:

“Cooking teaches lessons in life.”

“Baking is like chemistry and poetry.”

Nigella Lawson – 24th of January 2018, Melbourne Australia