PD Martin's Blog

July 26, 2010

Four days of writers’ festivals

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Katherine Battersby and PD Martin at the literary dinner

Katherine Battersby and PD Martin at the literary dinner

Last week was a busy one…

Wednesday I flew up to Mackay as one of the authors taking part in the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival. The event, hosted at Whitsunday Anglican College, is in its seventh year and brings together primary and secondary school students from around the region. I was the official ‘entertainment’ for years 11-12 so I made sure I threw in a few stories about my weird and wonderful research.

The festival kicked off with the Wednesday night launch and a panel with Jackie French, John Danalis, Deborah Abela and Tristan Bancks

Thursday and Friday were the core festival days, with most of the authors/artists giving 3-4 workshops or sessions each day. And then Friday night was party time, with a literary dinner.

Whitsunday Voices was a blast – a great festival and the other authors rocked! In addition to the four authors/artists mentioned above, I’m also talking about Michael Wagner, James Roy, Ruben Meerman, Gus Gordon, Katherine Battersby and last but not least, David “Ghostboy” Stavanger.

I flew back into Melbourne on the Saturday, and it was time to gear up for Melbourne’s Crime and Justice Festival. I was at a dinner on the Saturday night and then on Sunday was interviewed by Sarah Byrne. The session covered everything from how the Sophie Anderson series started to my recent ebook project, Coming Home.

It was a great few days…but on Sunday night I fell asleep on the couch at 8.30!

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