This week I enjoyed Poets in the Pub at Glebe and DiVerse at the SH Ervin Gallery. Roberta Lowing had organised for us to hear the work of Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees from the Sydney Peace Foundation at Harold Park Pub. Rob Kennedy has organised a group of poets to respond to the artworks of Lawrence Daws at the beautiful art gallery. All in all a feast of poetry.
The Royalties, a collegiate group of women writers spoke at the festival on our interest and intentions with e-book publishing. The event was well attended – a tent full of interested book lovers. Dangerously Poetic the local poetry group had a small tent of their own where I was invited to do a poetry reading, which was unexpected and pleasing. Brushes with fame include the star of the show Louis De Bernieres (Red Dog); and Byron Bay itself starred as a glorious place to have such a festival, July being a great month for this Sydney-sider to travel north.
South Coogee Primary School did their library proud this week with a super launch of the new library to the whole school, teachers and parents. There was no champagne but I was given a host of coloured balloons to cut free and fly to mark the occasion. I had the pleasure of giving the poetry competition winners (7 of them) a book prize each, and then entering the library door 'The portal to many worlds' which was suitably decorated with glittering papers. Inside I was taken on a tour by librarians and spoke to keen and eager young writers, one of whom had already been published by Penguin! Year 1 was quick off the mat to mark the occasion with illustrations and thank-you’s, two of which I share with you above.