Officially, I have two events:
Launch of The Settlement by Jock Serong
Hosted by Angela Savage
Sat 3 Sept, 6.30PM – 7.30PM Reardon Theatre, 35-37 Bank St, Port Fairy (free but book here)
Here’s the event blurb: ‘The final volume in Jock Serong’s Preservation trilogy is about to hit our shores! We are gathering the local community and friends to the official Port Fairy launch of Jock Serong’s sixth novel. Hosted by Angela Savage, author, executive, and champion of the writing community! This is a free event but registrations essential.’
Stereo Stories Gala Event
With Jock Serong, Angela Savage, Matt Neal, Lynny Mast
Sat 3 Sept, 6.30PM – 7.30PM
Reardon Theatre, 35-37 Bank St, Port Fairy (tickets here)
Stereo Stories is a concert celebration of the songs that shape our lives, featuring established and emerging writers and The Stereo Stories Band. The concert numbers are based on pieces published on the Stereo Stories website. I published two stories on the site in 2020, one inspired by my mother and the other by my father. I have always wanted to do one of the live events and I’m thrilled to be reading one of these pieces (it’s a surprise) at the Port Fairy Literary Weekend, accompanied by a seven-piece band. My fellow guest writer is Jock Serong, and we’ll be joined by guest readers Matt Neal and Lynny Mast.
The Stereo Stories show has been a hit at festivals since its debut in 2014 at the Williamstown Literary Festival, where its audience has grown from 60 in its first year to 400 in 2022.
As the event blurb says, ‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hear iconic songs in lovely and ever-surprising ways in this tightly-curated, finely-tuned concert.’
My partner, Andrew Nette (Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction 1950 to 1985), is also on the program, appearing alongside First Nations writers Mykaela Saunders and Jack Latimore (editor and contributors to This All Come Back Now: An Anthology of First Nations Speculative Fiction). Matt Neal (ABC radio) will host this other-worldly discussion, Sat 3 Sept, 2.30-3.30PM at Blarney Books and Art, 37 James St, Port Fairy (tickets here).
The full festival program looks fabulous. I want to attend every session, and may well do so, at least on the Saturday.
Might also fit in a spot of bird watching…