Melbourne Writers Festival 2009
August 21-30, 2009
WHERE STORIES MEET
Message from Rosemary Cameron, festival director
Why do I love festivals? The usual reasons…my ideas are changed
and my eyes opened. I’m challenged, amused, cajoled and entertained.
But a festival is more than that.
Festivals are love affairs. The breathlessness and the
hoopla, the dizziness and the don’t-give-a-damn misbehavin’.
They shake you to the core. Festivals are pressure cookers
with an intensity of authors, stories and ideas which spark off
each other in a way that ordinary events can’t. Time does
not run straight during festivals. Festivals are winning the grand final. They are the Coliseum and the smile on the Mona Lisa.
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They are a box of 72 Derwent pencils, flying a kite, dancing all night, champagne by
the crate, blue satin sashes and brown paper parcels tied up with string. They are the
razzle dazzle of fireworks, moons and Junes and Ferris wheels. They are Chanel No 5,
shimmying sequins, torch songs, a pot of honey for elevenses, bubble baths and
white tie, top hat and tails.
Abandon the everyday, the tepid and the ordinary and join the Writers Festival. It is a comet streaming across our winter sky – grab its tail and don’t ever let go.
I love festivals. You will too.
(with apologies to Cole Porter, AA Milne, Rogers & Hammerstein, Joni Mitchell et al)
The Productivity Commission has delivered its recommendations to COAG and now the Australian Labor Party (ALP) will establish a working group to ‘consider the matters raised in the Productivity Commission’s report’ on the parallel importation of books. The festival too will have a response during the festival .