The Melbourne Writers Festival is in full swing so it seemed like a great time to revisit one of Val and I’s favourite intersections, books and bikes. I first met MWF Director Lisa Dempster on Twitter many years ago over a bike tweet, (A Surly Steamroller that was for sale and which turned out to be too big for her but which my husband still rides … ) and she was also a regular contributor for Treadlie Magazine for many years. Is it coincidence that there has been a cycling themed stream in each festival Lisa has run or a sign of the times?
Val and I’s studio guest is Greg Foyster, author of Changing Gears, and a guest on the show in the past. Greg is involved in a couple of sessions at this years MWF and seemed the perfect person to share our favourite cycle reading with. You can find literary intersections with bicycles in the most unexpected places, I even felt the resonance in Chris Hadfield’s keynote speech about space travel!
One of the things I love about Twitter is the people you meet. Literally.
Lisa Dempster is someone I started following early on, we seemed to have a bit in common, she obviously liked to ride and do things with words. Shortly after I first ‘met’ her online she became Director of the Emerging Writer’s Festival and not long after that, I became Editor of Treadlie magazine. It was only natural that I ask her to write for us. Having her as a regular contributor to Treadlie meant we always had a reason to make time to catch up, something that can be hard to do when you’re both busy. I’ll never forget her setting off on my old blue rattler, a single-speed Malvern Star, when she borrowed it for one of her writing events. She normally rode an Avanti road bike and was used to something much more supple on wheels!
Alas, Lisa doesn’t have time to write for Treadlie any more. She’s gone on to become Director of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival and last night at the MWF 2013 launch, delivered her first programme. Its a brilliant programme! Eclectic and inspiring it manages to fulfil the cliche something for everyone, but in the most inspired way! I’ve already booked a couple of keynotes, some of the kid’s events and Boris and Annabel’s session. My only complaint is that most of the Bike Snob NYC events are scheduled for the very weekend that I will, ironically, be flying to NYC. Its not a complaint thats going to get much sympathy but what are the chances?
Its amazing the people you meet on Twitter isn’t it? The MWF 2013 programme is officially open today and you can book online if you’re interested or indeed from the very handy app they’ve developed too.