Posts Tagged ‘somerset celebration of literature’

luggage full and ready to travelPacking. Ack. I’m hopeless at it. I throw in too much of everything, can’t cope for four days with less than three pairs of Birkis plus something sparkly to wear out at night, and then I forget essentials – like the address of where I am staying . . .

And no wonder, I mean, look at me – I’m supposed to be packing, I’m leaving at 8.30 in the am and here I am jabbering away at my keyboard, having the loveliest of times instead of googling weather on the Gold Coast for the next four days or whatever it is that organised people do when they pack . . .

Dang, I really wish I were a list person, then I could tick off the following:

Washing (check – everything is clean, so that’s a start)

Dog (check – he has food and has been walked this morning – sorry Huggy, that’s the best I can do. If they forget to feed you, just hoover the kitchen floor, that should be enough to survive on till Saturday)

Children (check – the pantry is stocked, school forms have been filled in and signed, promises to look after the youngest have been extracted from the eldest . . . but Lordy, best not to dwell on this topic, so moving on…)

Laptop (check – loaded with tomorrow’s talk to a packed auditorium at Helensvale Cultural Centre AND the latest draft of my work-in-progress – an optimistic thought, but perhaps after each thrill-packed day at Somerset Celebration of Literature all we authors will be inspired to work poolside at the Royal Pines Resort – Surfers Paradise

Wait – I’ll need togs! And a cover-up. Sandals. And clothes – day-wear, and for going out at night and to bed. Oh dear, you better excuse me, I need to get cracking with that packing . . .

Do you think three pairs of Birkis are enough?

funny-pictures-cyoot-kittehs-of-teh-day-geronimooooooThis is the blog post I had to have before the year launches itself onto my unsuspecting back and goes crazy.

Not bad-crazy, or Spock-when-you-insult-his-mother-crazy, but GOOD-CRAZY

It’s chockablock with writing workshops, mentorships, school visits and Festivals – and even my first-ever trip to the Big Apple, yay! (Please feel free to let your NYC agent and publisher know that I’ll be in town; I’m sure Intruder would go down a treat with a bagel and lox.) 🙂

For those who love to know such things, click here for a complete run-down of what 2015 has in store for me.  For the rest of you, here are the highlights to date:

somersetsomerset-celebration-of-literature-800x60017-20 March  Somerset Celebration of Literature | Gold Coast

15-30 May: Washington and New York, New York (so excited, I had to say it twice!)

15-18 July: Whitsunday Voices Literature Festival

29 July-2 August: Townsville Writer-in-Residency

22-28 August: Book Week

2-6 September: Brisbane Writers Festival

14 September: StoryArts Festival Ipswich

I’m also pleased to be taking on the role of Mentor for the Qld Literary Awards Emerging Author Manuscript Awards in 2015. In recent years, I’ve provided short mentoring sessions as part of QWC’s Writer’s Surgery so it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to work with a single author over the course of the year on the development of her manuscript.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s back to my work-in-progress before the madness begins!

Chris Bongers and Melina MarchettaQuick gush here…

Last night I was at Melina Marchetta’s Brisbane launch of her latest novel The Piper’s Son.

Melina is such a rock star; her launch at Riverbend Books would have needed bouncers but for the good behaviour of the crowd. Hearing her in conversation with CBCA National President, Marj Kirkland, was an absolute treat.

My autographed copy has been burning a hole in my pocket, but I’m not allowed to open it until I’ve finished Chapter Two of my new YA w-i-p, Intruder.

I can’t even look at The Piper’s Son or I’ll crack and spend the rest of the day on the couch with my legs in the air.  I’ve had the biggest literary crush on Melina since Looking for Alibrandi and have adored all her books, so my pitiful supply of willpower is being tested here folks; I’m hurting, believe me.

chris Bongers at Riverbend BooksBTW, I ♥ Riverbend Books. I had my own book launch there and have often admired their awesome book-covered verandah blinds. But it wasn’t until last night  that someone drew my attention to the little orange spine sandwiched in between Bram Stoker and Nick Earls…

Thank you to the lovely Lynn Priestley for not only pointing it out, but for capturing these Kodak moments on her trusty iPhone. Somerset Writers' Festival

In other news, I’m counting down the sleeps till Somerset Writers’ Festival at the Gold Coast from 17-19 March.

Melina will be there, along with an awesome lineup of literary talent including Markus Zusak, Patrick Ness, James Roy, Belinda Jeffrey, Derek Landy and Anthony Eaton.

If you click here you can book tickets to hundreds of sessions and dozens of authors, including little old me.  (I’ll be the one reading The Piper’s Son in an empty tent while fifteen thousand people stampede the rock stars of the YA literary world. If this pathetic image moves you, please come up and say hello. I’ll welcome you with open arms, I promise.)