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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Melbourne Writers Festival 2013: 22 August - 01 September

I am excited to be living in Melbourne, as it means that I have greater access to the Melbourne Writers Festival events this year.

In particular, I will be taking advantage of the numerous free events whenever I don't have classes, including the First Nations Australia Writers event, which I hope to use as a part of my news story assignment for my journalism unit. I was able to do something similar last trimester by combining a journalism new story assignment with my attendance of an event held by the Emerging Writers Festival. I attended and reported on the EWF poetry cafe event back in May, at which I had a chance to see Randall Stephens and Maxine Beneba Clarke read some of their works aloud to an audience.

Scrolling through the list of free events MWF is hosting, I noticed that Maxine Beneba Clarke is launching her new collection Nothing Here Needs Fixing, so I might try and make it to that event too. Of course, I've made a huge list of events I'd like to go to that are being hosted by the MWF this year, and I've got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to make it to most of them. I'll surely be taking advantage of the fact that living in Melbourne means I have better access to all sorts of writerly events and festivals.

In other news, I had some of my high-school friends from the year-level below me contact me earlier this week to ask for help and advice on one of their tests in literature, regarding the need to write an imaginative piece which mimics the style of Haruki Murakami in his collection of short stories after the quake. Some of you who were with me last year might recall how in love with Murakami and this collection of short stories I was when we studied it. Apparently, the literature teacher read my piece to them as an example, because I got 100% on this piece. I was really flattered to find this out and even more so that a couple of the current students would contact me for advice. So I'm hoping they all did well and I secretly wish I'd been sitting that test with them, because it was so much fun and I'd literally take any excuse to study Haruki Murakami again. They all think I'm crazy, but I swear it's not a bad thing!

Last of all, I believe the mid-trimester break couldn't have come at a better time. It's not QUITE half-way through the trimester, but I am once again sick and looking forward to the next week of recovering, catching up on Breaking Bad, writing, and getting some assignments done (by which I mean procrastinating...). So I don't get to officially learn anything this week, though I'm sure I'll gain some sort of new knowledge without being in a classroom.

Any Aussies out there going to the Melbourne Writers Festival? Any other festivals on out there that my fellow bloggers are attending? Past success come back to haunt you? Up to date with Breaking Bad? Assignments? Let me know what's going on with YOU! 

- Bonnee.

15 comments:

  1. A writing festival? How awesome is that? It sounds like they offer so many great events, too. Hope you have a blast! :)

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    1. Thanks Shari, I'm pretty excited to go if you couldn't tell! :)

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  2. I am at season 5, episode 7 on Breaking Bad, where are you? (And blogged about it, sort of, no spoilers) The Writers Festival sounds pretty exciting. There are a couple of big writers/book fairs/conferences/festivals in NYC, which is only about 3 hours away from me, but I have had neither the time or money to attend. Yet. Enjoy your break and feel better!

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    1. Hahahaha season 5 episode 7 is not behind... Season 2 episode 6 is behind! I have A LOT of catching up to do. Hope you'll find the means to attend some writerly events some time soon :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Enjoy the festival! Very cool that your friends asked for your advice; you must be an expert in their eyes.

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    1. I guess so, but I was really flattered nonetheless. :)

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  4. Have fun at the festival. Sounds like there are some excellent offerings. I'll be going to my local writer's conference in a month. Lots of classes, guest speakers, and critique sessions. All that geeky stuff writers like. :)

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    1. Ooh a writer's conference sounds good :) Hope you enjoy your time at that event. Classes, guest speakers, and critique sessions are some of a writer's best friends! :)

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  5. The MWF should be a great event for you. I guess that also some Book Publishers and Literary Agents might be there. You might want to check the program to find where they will be located and just visit as many of them as you can, introduce yourself, chat a little and grab their business card for future contacts. Getting 100% on an literary assignment is impressive because usually there are always some mistakes. I saw a little of the Breaking Bad TV show but didn't get it. But Rebel Wilson has her own TV Sitcom coming next month in TV on North America, so I'll check that out. |Have fun at the MWF.

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    1. So excited for the MWF, I'll definitely be checking out as many events as I can including any publishers and literary agents that are there... though of course, I had to put my classes and homework first. Unfortunately, a lot of the events I want to go to run during the week :( But I'm sure I'll be able to make some of the more important ones. Rebel Wilson is brilliant :) Thanks for stopping by Giora :)

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  6. Sounds like it will be an amazing time! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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    1. I'm really excited! I'm sure it will be amazing.

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  7. Hello my beautiful friend!
    Could you please follow my new blog http://deartomyfriend.blogspot.com.au/
    and maybe give me a shout out or something? I just wanted a fresh start. Thanks & I am so sorry about my mega mega mega late email...I haven't been on the internet for ages.
    love
    ej
    x

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    1. Hey gorgeous!
      I was wondering where you'd disappeared off to. I'll follow you and give you a shout-out next blog post. Remember that the offer for the guest post is still there if you'd like to give that a try. Email me!
      Love ya
      - Bonnee xo

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    2. Hey love! ♥

      Thank you, & I know & will probably take you up on that offer a little later since things are pretty busy at the moment. And I will, check out my blog for my reply there too!

      love

      EJ

      x

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