Brisbane Writers Festival 2011
The other panel was withmymate Marianne de Pierres, author of a trilogy too—I must dream up a trilogy to write! Joy Lawn got us talking about building fantasy worlds—where to start, what to include, how not to get lost in your own new world.
I also did three solo talks about writing short stories, which went well. Although I basically made the same points in each talk, I used three different stories to demonstrate what I meant, to keep things interesting for myself.
In all sessions, the audiences were very attentive and had great questions to ask, more than we/I could get through in the time available. Very smart and curious school students, they have, in Queensland.
One charming thing: In the show bag given to every guest of the festival were two bottles of bath products, with a letter from the Brisbane Store Manager of Aesop, beginning: "Dear Talented Individual, You will find enclosed a selection of products from Aesop's body care range. We anticipate that you will enjoy using Aesop products as much as we delight in your artistic gifts."
One eye-opening thing: the panel titled "Women, Drugs and Madness" run by QNADA, particularly Debbie Kilroy's blistering commentary on how Indigenous women are treated by the health and justice systems.