Speaking Out in the Hinterland

Published : Friday, October 26, 2012 | Label:

I’m sitting at a desk in the back room of Annette Hughes’s farm house outside Cooroy in south east Queensland. On the hill above the garden, where the chickens scratch and the whistler rehearses, jacarandas are in bloom, but they’re struggling to make their usual purple point so boisterously blue is the light.

I’m here to talk tonight in Maleny, a little further south, with Cate Kennedy and Steven Lang. That event is part of a series of such literary conversations Steven, an award-winning novelist and lapsed bookseller, has run as “Outspoken in Maleny” for several years now.

Tonight’s event is on at the Maleny Primary School Hall, 6 for 6:30, Friday 26 October 2012.

For more on Outspoken: http://www.outspokenmaleny.com/upcoming-events/

I’m staying with Annette (who’s driving me down to Maleny and back tonight) because she’s invited me to run a creative writing masterclass (The Little Red Writing Workshop) tomorrow—Saturday, 27 October 2012—at the Cooroy Library. Annette is the director of Reality Bites, a literary festival dedicated to literary nonfiction and held here every year (in July) in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The workshop is a satellite event of Reality Bites.

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