The second Newcastle Writers Festival has just wrapped up and it has been amazing! The organizers did a fabulous job and provided so much variety in content. As someone who used to travel to the Sydney Writers Festival in May each year, and I’ve even done the Brisbane and Melbourne ones a few times, it was so nice to have one in my home town. I have never been a speaker at any of these events as I am happy to sit back and be entertained by the brilliance of others. Wendy Harmer as always, was hilarious. She teamed up with Kaz Delaney and Jesse Blackadder to discuss children’s and YA fiction – my passion of course. Kate Forsythe was a delight as she spoke about fairytales and fables. And those Wordy Women who read from their PHDs in Creative Writing (Gerry Bobsien and Company) are sure to be published. Gerry was my personal favourite. I took a group of students to her writing workshop on Thursday and they loved it. Although I only caught the last half hour of the session, I have picked up a few writing tips of my own to use in my classroom. I hope you don’t mind, Gerry!
Tristan Bancks was also inspiring. So many of the boys at my school are now carrying around “Two Wolves” and reading it in the playground. Tristan really knows how to appeal to the boys and he is on a winner with Two Wolves. I loved it too!
Well done Newcastle Writers Festival!