As you may know from previous posts, I love getting out and about and talking about books and writing and reading and poetry to audiences of all ages.
So, I really enjoyed my two most recent festival visits – even though I’ve been so busy festivalling and catching up in between that I haven’t blogged about either of them. So, here goes.
Festival 1 was just down the road from where I live. Seven Rooms Seven Stories was a debut festival hosted at Mary MacKillop Catholic College in Busselton, and organised by the amazing Beth from Dymocks Busselton.
Beth and her team did an awesome job of organising the festival: everything ran so smoothly, it was hard to believe it was the first year this event was held. And I’m sure it won’t be the last. All the authors and illustrators invited were West Australian, which was a nice touch, and the audiences were keen, well prepared and very engaged.
Festival 2 was a little further away, in Albany, in the Great Southern Region – about 4 and a half hours drive away. I really enjoyed the drive down and back – it’s a beautiful road trip. The festival, the Southern Sea of Words, was hosted by Great Southern Grammar and organised by the lovely librarian, Karen.
The festival, over two days was lots of fun. Day 1 was spent with groups in the school and day 2 was open to the public, and I spoke to adults and children. I even did my debut session as a performance poet, which I loved and will blog on in an upcoming post.
Now I’m back home and back at my desk . It’s always good to get back to work, but I do love getting out and about!