The Melbourne Writers' Festival kicked off today and will run until August 30. The schools' program is fantastic, and features such YA giants as Isobelle Carmody, Scott Westerfield and Justine Larbalestier. And it's not just for kids! I'm going to two sessions next week, the first being The Rules of Invention (2821) with Larbalestier and Carmody at 10.00 am on Tuesday, and Isobelle Carmody in Conversation (2612) at 11.15 am on Wednesday. I get to be in the same room as Carmody! If I squeed, I'd be doing it right now. Fingers crossed for an autograph.
I've organised a couple of events at the festival for the publishing house I work for, so come down to the Festival Club at ACMI this Sunday at 1 pm and 2.30 pm if you're hanging out in the atrium with nothing to do. They're free events: Arcadian Delights (fiction and poetry) and Australian Biography and Autobiography. I'll be the one at the back with a vodka NOT doing a Bridget Jones. That girl gives us book publicists a huge complex!
In other news, I've won two more awards! Thanks so much to Amy of My Friend Amy and WillowRaven of Red House Books for the Let's Be Friends Award.
I'm not entirely sure of the rules, but I thought I'd nominate three people, in no particular order:
Lauren at I was a teenage book geek
Ladybug of Escape in a Book
Adele at Persnickety Snark
As these awards usually stipulate naming a few of your favourite things, I thought I'd go one one big favourite: my new favourite song. 'Audacity of Huge' by Simian Mobile Disco. It makes me want to whip these trackies off and go dancing. The film clip is gorgeously kitsch. Pay close attention to the honey-dipped tennis players!