Tough Gigs

Published : Sunday, May 02, 2010

There’s a newish festival of literary nonfiction in Australia. It’s called Reality Bites, and it’s on again this year in Cooroy, in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, 23 July to 1 August. I’m delighted to have received an invitation. Over the first weekend, I’ll be talking memoir, lyric nonfiction, landscape and The Blue Platea; reading poems; and discussing the writing life and my writing books (including the latest, The Little Black Book of Business Writing, June 2010).

Then in early October (1 to 3 October) I’m a guest of the Tasmanian Poetry Festival in Launceston.

And shortly after that, I’m off the Bali, a guest of the Ubud Readers’ and Writers’ Festival. The festival runs 6 to 10 October.

Edward Abbey once wrote: “This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places.” Ubud, Tasmania, and the Sunshine Coast are among them. So it’s a delight to be going there; and it’s never the worst gig in the world to talk about work one loves to do.