Month: September 2012

There was an unplugged authenticity

I loved this Byron Bay Writers Festival more than any of the past five I’ve blogged, or attended, going back to 2004. Yes, I say that after every festival! But this year I felt it more. There was an unplugged authenticity. And the calibre of the writers was strong right across the board, from the big stars of which there many – where does one start?  Stuart Littlemore, Katherine Boo, Jessica Watson,  Gail Jones – this link talks about Jones’s incredible tempering of her speech and writing with poetry. It’s never easy to précis all that you learn and hear over three days. I never can decide how to blog. It’s a stresser – when you step away to write you miss too much and when you are listening to panels all that you hear fills your brain layer by layer to overflowing. Think of a smorgasbord being catered for by the world’s top chefs… So this year I tweet, tweeted #bbwf2012 and left bigger recollections to bubble to the surface afterwards. Here are a …