|At the podium, day two|
|My humble schedule|
Festival-goers could drop into the Pier 2/3 stage, grab a coffee or wine, and nibble on facts, theories, impressions and stories.
My highlights were:
- Nicholas Jose on Chinese divination and fortune
- Robert Dessaix on Enid Blyton
- Dennis Altman on queering Agatha Christie
- Kári Gíslason on his Viking ancestors
While most of my time was taken by the 'Curiosity' lectures, I was able to briefly say hello to Claire Tomalin, author of the excellent Jane Austen: A Life. I draw on her biography in my Philosophy in the Garden (Voltaire's Vine in the UK), and it was gratifying to finally thank Claire for her work. Apparently her life of Dickens is outstanding.
|Devo ninjas: with Krissy Kneen|
And on Saturday night: a gobsmacking Thai dinner in Surry Hills with James Bradley and Mardi McConnochie, Geordie Williamson and Frances Williamson, Ashley Hay and Nigel Beebe, and Delia Falconer and Richard Harling. If you ever need an explosion of critical loquacity, do ask Geordie about Australian hip-hop. Never follow Ashley into a shipping crate.
|Man and marker at market|
It turns out Dymocks in Sydney is enormous, and also has a stationery shop, which led to some unintentional reinvestment in the bookshop industry.
My final Sydney Writers' Festival event was Sunday afternoon: a reading of my kids' books in the cosy Enid Blyton clubhouse.
|Pirate and tiny buccaneers|