Saturday, March 21, 2015

Newcastle Writer's Festival

I spent this afternoon at the Newcastle Writer's Festival.
City Hall was full of writers and bookworms ... it was blissful to be amongst my tribe!

I only attended one session, "Going it Alone," in which host Linda Drummond interviewed authors Greg Field, Nim Gholkar and Francesca Suters about the complexities of self-publishing both digital and print.  Here is Francesca's blog entry about her experience as the presenter.

I was thoroughly impressed and took six pages of notes during the one hour session.  I found plenty of inspiration for now as a writer, and practical tips to prepare me in case I decide to self-publish a book in the future.  Here is an article Greg shared on Facebook about the choice between traditional and self-publishing.  

Of course, I also found the bookshop.  This is what I brought home:  

*  My Year Without Matches, by Claire Dunn 
*  Returning, by Francesca Suters
*  How I Rescued My Brain, by David Roland
*  Unravelling Anjali, by Nim Gholkar

Happy reading days ahead!

Finally, here is what can happen when you take a selfie in front of a half-finished painting ... it's not something I have tried before, and I unwittingly discovered what I'd look like as a reindeer:

I was more successful capturing a 'writerly' pose when I enlisted the help of Miss 9 ... she did well, and I chose this one for my profile picture:

Until next time, happy writing!

P.S.  Lucky me, I made it to another session ... "Take Your Writing to the Next Level" ... check it out at Jessie Ansons' blog.


  1. Sounds like you had fun! Wish I could have gone, but alas, there are only so many hours in a day :) I hope it inspired you!

    1. It was my first writer's festival after many years of wishing to go each time I saw one advertised. I had fun of the introvert-surrounded-by-strangers variety, and I sensed others felt the same.
      You're living the dream, Kez. Can't wait for your next book to come out!

  2. I'm so inspired by this post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. You're welcome, Tamara. I love to share inspiration!


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