While the COVID-19 pandemic keeps proving time and time again that ‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley’ as Robert Burns would say, and the situation in states outside Victoria notwithstanding, the easing of restrictions here dares me to believe that the Yarra Valley Writers Festival will go ahead in person this year and that I will be there in beautiful Warburton to celebrate.
First up, on Sunday 18 July at 10.00am-11.00am, I’ll be facilitating the panel, ‘Crime, Resilience and Dislocation’ with Mark Brandi, Garry Disher & Jock Serong. Never mind that all three are wonderful writers and thoughtful interviewees: might this not be the handsomest crime panel ever assembled?! Venue is the Alpine Retreat Hotel. Bookings here.
For my second session at Yarra Valley Writers Festival, also on Sunday 18 July, 1.00PM-2.00PM, I have the honour of interviewing three extraordinary women about three very different, inspiring collaborative projects in a session called ‘Collaboration or Bust’, Leah Kaminsky, Suzanne Phoenix and Lia Hills. Bookings here. Venue is the apparently delightful Warburton RSL.
I can’t wait to interview these writers and artists. And the whole program looks wonderful.
See you there?