Melbourne Writers Festival 2013

MWF 2013

Melbourne Writers Festival 2013One 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.

Kiddie Records

I can’t believe its taken me this long to get onto these. I’m obviously retarded. Now, addicted and retarded.

Kiddie Records Weekly began in 2005 as a one year project devoted to the golden age of children’s records. This period spanned the mid forties through to the early fifties and produced a wealth of all-time classics. Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers.

Over the years, these forgotten treasures slipped off the radar and it has been their mission to give them a new lease on life by sharing them with today’s generation of online listeners. Each week throughout the year they add a new recording. With a break in 2008, returning in 2009 for one final year.

You can download all the recordings and the associated artwork. Douglas Fairbanks Jr narrating Prince Valiant and the Outlaws anyone? Or to make it easy on your self, you can order everything on CD or even, for the technophobes, order recordings as Audio CDs. What a fabulous way to drown out the plumbers. I’m in streaming heaven!