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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

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I worked my way through the days alone. My friend had secured a position on the grape vines, so I was left to work the rows by myself, endless oranges, thorns, pastel pink spiders, pesticide-on-the-wind. My body started giving out. I was getting less oranges in the bins every day (earning less money) and removing [...]

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I uploaded the last blog post and didn’t even have time to check it before racing off to the final event of the festival (apostrophes on the festival dinner post are now in the right place…) This weekend has been a whirl. I’m back in Wagga now, but my mind is still buzzing with thoughts [...]

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Festival Dinner

Despite the wealth of writing talent at my table last night, no weapons changed hands. Yes it is a little odd, but I didn’t let that ruin what was otherwise a great night. The dinner began with canapes out under the marquee, and a special introduction to Spatial Stories. ‘During the festival large-scale sound and [...]

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Lifting the Lid – Andrew Rule

There is a great crowd in for this session. Andrew Rule is a senior writer for The Age. He is also, I am now aware, a true story teller. I walk into the session two minutes late, and he was already in the middle of a narrative, one that took in much of his life [...]

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I was very much looking forward to this panel presentation. The line up was great: Cate Kennedy, Anna Poletti, Melinda Marengo, Angela Meyer, and Barry Dorr and Jo Costello (of JoJo publishing). And of course I wasn’t disappointed (my only disappointment really was the fact that I didn’t get to ask a question. It was [...]

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I did my best to prepare for this festival and my blogging duties. I read Chris Masters’ Jonestown. I read Cate Kennedy’s The World Beneath. But I have to now admit a failing publicly (I seem to be doing this a lot lately): I did not have the time to get to Melina Marchetta’s book, [...]

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Writers: on stage

I guess the stage doesn’t really matter… What we had today was a sort of marquee this morning, as such we weren’t really elevated above the audience. But this is good. Very Tony Abbott-esque. There was a second hand book sale going on too, right behind the audience seating. This was good. Everything is good. [...]

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Sustaining News Stories

My brief is not overly prescriptive: blog about a set list of events. I do this in whatever way I see fit. This is good. Blogging allows and often calls for a mixture of styles, registers. I can be opinionated or digress at length if I like. I can provide links to a lot of [...]

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Well readers, as of today I am beginning my official duties as the Albury Write Around the Murray Festival blogger. I’m here in Albury now, sitting in the hotel room, just itching to get out there tonight and start the coverage of events. But first, here’s a list of the events you can expect to [...]

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