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.

The Most Amazing Book Ever

We are very lucky at the Flipster’s school where we are blessed with absolutely hordes of amazing teachers. Amy Chamberlain, or prep-Amy as she is known to us, is one of these over-achievers.

Prep-Amy has written a children’s book and not satisfied with that has then gone and published it herself as Able Miss Baker. Illustrated by Brendan Coghlan, “the Most Amazing Book Ever” will be launched on Wednesday evening at Cardboard City inside thousand pound bend from 6.00pm.

On the Thursday is a day full of kids activities for all ages from 10.00 until 5.00pm. Fabulous school holiday entertainment. And it’s free!


I’ve just finished a small but delicious pile of translations (samples and fact sheets) for my favourite Dutch publisher Cossee. These translations will be going to the Frankfurt Book Fair which starts today and runs until October 18th. Cossee in the meantime, and in particular, Eva Cossee, has been nominated for Publisher of the Year 2009.