I’m going to one of those fancy literary festivals! There’s a thing that doesn’t happen very often.
Beaconsfield, a little town at the far north of Tasmania, is hosting the new Festival of Golden Words this weekend, and I’m going along to be a panellist. Actually, I’m going as TWO panellists, since they invited me as TansyRR and as Livia Day.
Looking at the program, I am delighted by how many combinations of food and words they have managed to put together – poet’s breakfasts, literary lunches, and the promise of vineyards. They know how to lure writers, right? You promise to feed them…
It’s an incredible line up, including Wendy Harmer, Carrie Tiffany, Andy Griffiths, Nikki Gemmell… the list goes on! Very pleased in all this that they made some space for genre writers, and very much for local writers too.
So here’s what I’m doing:
Friday, March 14
11.00 am – Schools Day solo session, 60-seat room, Beaconsfield Child & Family Centre
Saturday, March 15
10.30-11.20, as Livia Day, marquee panel session, ‘It Started With a… Where Writers Ideas Come From.’ Fellow panelists Nick Earls, Qld crime writer Poppy Gee, and NSW children’s author Paula Boer. Chair, Russell Eldridge.
3.30-4.20, as Tansy Rayner Roberts, marque panel session. ‘Living in a World of Fantasy’. Fellow panelists Lian Tanner and Chris Foster. Chair, Zoe Walton, (Children’s and YA Publisher with Random House Australia.)
I’ve never actually driven from one end of Tasmania to the other by myself before, so I’m a bit excited about that, too. Might be time to crack out Dark Eyes 2!