I am absolutely thrilled to be invited to participate at this years Corrugated Lines : A Festival of Words in Broome (5th, 6th & 7th of August) where I’ll be chatting about my book – Buddhas, Bombs and the Babu, as well as the minefields of writing about family and far-flung destinations.
Every time I think about this upcoming event, I get goosebumps; a tickling excitement of being an author speaking at a writers festival and every now and then I break out into a little dance and sing " Yay! I’m jetting off to an exotic location to mingle with the literati - is this really my life? ". Although, it’s more often the little nodes are fear horripilations and the little song sounds more like a squeal of "what if I forget what words are and end up sounding like a blank page".
I can’t wait to meet fellow readers and book lovers to discuss and share new title suggestions that’ll encourage lots more late night reading and I’m so looking forward to hearing readings and discussions from the attending authors like the fascinating Pat Lowe (who with Eirlys Richard will be launching the book ‘Two Sisters’), award winning Jacqueline Wright (Red Dirt Talking), and Emilie Collyer, and Juliette Middleton (whose workshop on editing also promises ways to minimise the ‘square bum-itis’ we writers can be afflicted with), among many others.
It’s a stimulating line up with distinctly Australian voices and an empathise on stories from the top end, swirling up from the red dust and the deep culture songlines of Kimberley region and wider region.
A perusal of the programme has me eagerly reading “Calypso Summer” by Jarred Thomas in readiness for the Broome’s Biggest Bookclub and telling Mal not to plan anything for the Sunday night as I’m scheduling to have us bopping away at the Roey (The Roe Buck Bay Hotel) to music legends Fitzroy Xpress and Neil Murray (of Warumpi Band). It’s sure to be a fun-filled, engaging, mind-spinning weekend. Not to mention - I'm over the moon to be visiting Broome - that's a whole other goosebump frenzy.
My own little event is set for Saturday 6th at 1pm in the Broome Public Library.
Here's the blurb:
Whose story is it? Yours? Theirs? And how far is too far? Writing about another country can be tricky. Writing about family, fraught with danger. Blend together, throw in some culture shock and it can be an exploding minefield of enlightenment and hilarity.
full programme details see Corrugated Lines: A festival of words Facebook page
Hello! I'm Kerry
. . . a plan-nothing, have no idea where I'm going travelholic.
A daughter of the gypsies and the wife of a workaholic, I'm forever wondering 'What's over there?' and devising ways to squeeze through the barbed-wire fence of small-business ownership responsibilities and every-day life tangles to discover it.
and this is my book.
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