I’m pleased as punch to be hosting a panel at the 10th Emerging Writers’ Festival. It’s a festival unique in being for writers as much as it is about writers, and a highlight on the Melbourne literary calendar. In one of the earliest years I volunteered to assist the festival by manning a welcome table, which at the time was an excuse to help out Richard Watts, then the Artistic Director of Express Media and someone I admired a lot. I didn’t know much about the festival at that stage, but from the moment I attended it was clear EWF was something special.
It’s a joy to have the opportunity to host this panel, Where in the World Do You Write, which is part of the Writers’ Conference on Saturday. I’ll be joined by Andrew Bifield, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Melanie Joosten and Ryan Paine, who will be talking about their experience on writer’s residencies, retreats and writing all over the world.
During EWF I’ll also be attending the launch of The Emerging Writer, which I have been published in for the first time this year, and various events I can manage to find the time for. If you aren’t already planning to head to something at EWF take a look at the program as there really is something for everyone.