What a great time we had at Aireys Festival of Words, or as the Councillor kept saying Festival of the Word. I had been reading my way through the Authors listed covering lots I had not read Since the blog a few weeks ago I have read Sophie Cunningham's Bird, Anna Davidoff, aka Bird, is a Russian immigrant, ’50s movie star and Buddhist nun. Ana-Sofia is her daughter, a lonely woman who cannot move forward with life until she comes to terms with her mother’s abandonment. Sounds bleak but it wasn't. A great read. The cover is the singer, dancer but I thought it was a picture of a black bird with a white tail!
Kate Legge The Marriage Club and All That happened at No. 26 by Denise Scott. were also great finds.
I had been trying to find The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy, turns out it hadn't been published but was released early for the Festival and will be available again in September. She was the Opening Speaker and she was so impressive we were really keen to buy the book. Cate has twice won The Age short story competition & her first book Dark Roots was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Hope to get into it soon. The book is set in Tasmania and the main characters had been involved in the Gordan River Blockade and Campaign. History to some now adays!!
The main opening event was Denise Scott and Shane Moloney, comedy & crime. Denise was a great speaker had us all laughing uproariously. Moloney on the other hand doesn't speak as well as he writes! We were out to dinner at Shirley's on Sunday night and one guest said he had taught in Wycheproofe and we asked if he knew Denise and he said he was in her book, he had taught her to drive; we remember that chapter! Also Kate Legge is Molly Sinclair's daughter in law (Maddy's best friend) We also ran in to other people we knew, as well as Sue and Judy being teachers met all these parents of ex students! a Busy weekend.
We finished with lunch at A La Greque a really great restaurant that is not usually open in Winter, and a speaker Allan Campion talking about his books which are about food in season and when to buy what. Really interesting .
Definitely on the books for next year!