Bundaberg WriteFest 2009

Rabbit - floatOn Saturday, a group of both aspiring and published authors, agents, editors, librarians and teachers gathered in Bundaberg to discuss literature and the craft of creating. The day was orchestrated by Sandy Curtis, a local author of thrillers and romantic suspense novels. Sandy gave the day its heart. She was always smiling, even when running around organising speakers, and was welcoming from the first moment I e-mailed her through to meeting her face to face. She deserves many congratulations for putting together such an incredible event.

I was most looking forward to meeting a writing friend of mine, Kathryn Apel, who until then I had only known through an online group. Luckily we had much time to talk writing and share inspiration, and Kathryn has such a warmth to her that I soon felt like I’d known her for years. She’s just released her first picture book, ‘This is the Mud’, an Australian tale told with rollicking rhyme and humour. She opened the festival, discussing her journey towards publication and inspiring us with her determination. I also got to meet many other wonderful people whose work inspires me: people like Roland Harvey with his detailed illustrations full of wit and humour, and Mark Svendsen whose ‘Circus Carnivore’ I just adore.

The highlight of my day was meeting with Sophie Hamley and Kristina Schulz. They were both so warm and engaging, and put me immediately at ease. We discussed the craft of writing / illustrating and clients of theirs who inspire me. They had encouraging words to share in regards to my work, and I look forward to keeping in touch with them and watching what develops from here. The three of us sat together on the plane back, so we drank wine and chatted and laughed. It still makes me smile!

The festival was incredibly intimate and by the end I knew most of the presenters and many attendees. I feel lucky to have attended, and came away full of inspiration and already looking forward to next year’s festival. Bring it on!


6 Responses to “Bundaberg WriteFest 2009”

  1. 1 Kathryn Apel May 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for such lovely comments, Kath. I too must blog about the wonderful weekend that was – soon.. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing where you go from here! Kat

  2. 2 Lynn Priestley May 17, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Kath,

    Sounds like you had a great time there. I am so pleased it all went well. Exciting times ahead for sure. And all well deserved.



  3. 3 Sheryl Gwyther May 17, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Glad you had such a wonderful time, Kath. And that’s excellent that you got to meet Mark too. What a weekend, eh?!
    S :)

  4. 4 Karen Tyrrell May 17, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Katherine, Glad you had such an inspiring weekend. And you met up with authors that you admired. Hope this is just the beginning of BIG things ahead!…Karen

  5. 5 Dee White May 18, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend Kath.

    Hope it leads to something big for you.

    So glad it was everything you hoped it would be.


  6. 6 Katherine Battersby May 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Thanks everyone! I’m still smiling. The people there were just so lovely and generous with their time and encouragement, which I keep finding again and again with the people in this industry.

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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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