August is completely mad for me.
The first weekend is the Byron Writers Festival. I’m the Chair of the organisation so there’s lots of work involved. It all run beautifully, starting with my Opening Night speech all the way to the last session on Human Rights on Festival Sunday.
Byron Writers Festival is Australia’s largest regional literary festival and this year we featured more than 130 writers, thinkers and commentators from across Australia and around the world converging on the beautiful Festival grounds at Elements of Byron to discuss, debate, enlighten and soak up the glorious Byron sunshine.
|Photo by Lyn McCarth|
To say I was a complete wreck for a few days is an understatement. But over 12,000 people enjoyed a fabulous festival of writing workshops, feature events, a regional writers' tour, primary school and secondary school days and the actual Festival, which featured 117 sessions.
I then travelled up to Brisbane for the Romance Writers of Australia conference. What a blast. I had so much fun catching up with friends and talking all things romance.
So many highlights (there were just too many to mention them all). Here are a few:
Ally Blake fabulous session on being an organised writer.
|Michelle, Annie and Jen|
Sitting with lots of LoveCats at the Butterfly Ball Gala Awards Dinner and cheering madly when Amy Andrew and Ros Baxter won the Romantic Elements Ruby Award for their book Numbered. How many Ruby Awards is that now Amy?
Catching up with Michelle Douglas, Annie West and so many more of my romance writing friends.
|Jen and a feline friend|
The Bring Out The Animal In You cocktail party was simply fabulous. Can you guess who my feline friend is in the photo?
And so many more wonderful things. Now I’m wrecked again from such an action packed weekend but am inspired, exciting and can’t wait to dive into the writing again.
How is August shaping up for you?