Literary Festival Season

We have just entered literary festival season. Writers, usually quiet pyjama encrusted and tea toting creatures, suddenly start popping up all over the place. Books begin to grow on trees. Festivals bloom in cities like pubs (ie. one on every corner). It’s an exciting time of year.

So far I’m having a ball – I’ve met so many wonderful writers, teachers, librarians and little reading rabbits. These festivals are put together by an amazing group of people who love books and the kids who attend are wonderfully enthusiastic. On the flip side, sleep is suddenly hard to find and I’m living out of a suitcase, but that’s kind of an adventure in itself.

If you want to catch me over the next few months, I’ll be doing talks and workshops and readings at the following places:

  • Aug 8th: Voices on the Range, Toowoomba based youth literary festival
  • Aug 20th-24th: Book Week, at various school around Brisbane and Toowoomba
  • Sept 5th-9th: Brisbane Writers Festival, both WordPlay and the adult program
  • Sept 11th-13th: Write Around Qld, an amazing program organised by the BWF that tours children’s authors around regional Qld
  • Sept 14th-16th: Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, kid’s and adult program
  • Sept 29th: Brisbane launch of Brave Squish Rabbit, at Black Cat Books
  • Oct (date TBC): Melbourne launch of Brave Squish Rabbit
  • Oct 28th: Making Picture Books Workshop (for adults) through the QWC
  • Dec 27th-31st: Woodford Folk Festival, kid’s program

Here’s a photo diary of the festivals and such that I’ve been involved in this year that have already slipped by:

May: Darwin Writers Festival (WordStorm) where I did a number of school visits and adult writing workshops and didn’t get eaten by crocodiles

June: Out of the Box Festival, which celebrates children’s books in big circus tents by the Brisbane river

July: CYA Conference, for adult writers of children’s and YA lit. I’m posing with the delightful Penny Whitehouse in front of Craig Smith’s playful illo

July: Setting up for the Brisbane Square Library ‘Journey of a Book’ Exhibition

July: Squish Rabbit glass cabinet display at the Brisbane Square Library

July: Whitsunday Voices, Mackay youth literature festival. Dave Hackett did awesome caricatures for all the presenters (which were very accurate – I think he had secret intelligence on us all…)

July: Whitsunday Voices – life sized bird-monster I drew with the help of some creative kids in an illustration workshop

July: David and I with Peter Carnavas at the launch of his latest picture book, the delightful ‘The Children Who Loved Books’

But I wont be able to convince you it’s all just work. Here’s some evidence that relaxing happened too…

Beach and sunset in Darwin. There may also have been wine…

Post festival breakfast on my parent’s back deck in Mackay

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12 Responses to “Literary Festival Season”


  1. 1 Dimity Powell August 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Incredible. You’re a legend. Have a great couple of months and don’t forget to breathe! Dim x

  2. 3 Karen Tyrrell August 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations Katherine on all your upcoming events. Amazing!
    Can’t wait to see all the new photos and read the awesome feedback. Enjoy!!
    Karen T :)

  3. 5 penny August 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wow, you have been a busy little bunny haven’t you! Every time I see Craig’s illustrations I’m awe stuck. I can’t believe he did that in ten minutes! Miss Possum just had a look at your new cover. We are both so excited about the next book!

    • 6 Katherine Battersby August 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Craig’s just amazing, isn’t he? So glad you and Possum like Squish’s new cover … I’m a little nervous about it being launched out into the big wide world, but excited too!

  4. 7 Tina Marie Clark August 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    So glad to see you are being kept busy and mostly out of trouble.

    Loved having you at CYA Conference, and missed seeing you for the opening of the Journey of a book, as you were already at the next function.

    Enjoy!

    Hugs
    Tina ( or to you in another time and place: Tuna…)

    • 8 Katherine Battersby August 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Ha! Only mostly out of trouble (I tell you, Tina, that CYA party was notorious! And trying to text a tuna is a simple mistake … anyone could get caught doing it :)

      Had such a ball with you and the team, and am sorry to have missed you at the Bris Square Library launch!

      Hope you’ve rested up after the conference shenanigans x

  5. 9 Pip August 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    yaaay for you! I can’t wait until we meet up at a lit festival in the future. I’m willing for it to happen ;-)

  6. 11 JJ August 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Brilliant – well deserved, Katherine. Very happy for you! Believe it or not I’ll be appearing at RWA festival next month (stop laughing). Enjoy!

    Cheers,

    JJ


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About this Blog…

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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