Margaret River 2014

I went. I saw. I conquered (my stage fright).

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I stayed with John and Caroline Wood, the most generous and delightful publishers ever. Yes, in their house. And yes, their house is in the middle of the woods.

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With Graeme SimsionJoan London, and John Mateer to name but three. MR your festival is no small great thing.

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My first exposure to the Indian Ocean. Sometimes very very far from home can look like right next door. We even saw a little rainbow; no leprechauns.

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We launched our anthology: The Trouble With Flying and Other Stories. $24: bargain.

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We drank wine. In Margaret River, why not?! I made a new bestie: Ruth Wyer. She’s not only an exceptionally talented writer, the winner of this year’s competition, features in the Sleepers Almanac 9; but she’s also just lovely inside and out. No haters, please. Her self-deprecation is unparalleled. I heart her.

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We had a few jaunts. Met loads of lovely folk. And then, even more lovelier folk; like Louise Allan, Emily Paull, and Kristen Levitzke. Heard a lot. Pondered a lot. Discussed refugees with Robin de Crespigny. I gave Peter Goldsworthy a pinky swear greeting – still not sure if this will be my finest or most embarrassing memory. We ate like royalty. And were ever so content in that elusive ‘writing bubble’ for a weekend.

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And, I slammed. A code-switching poem. English/Irish//Béarla/Gaeilge. Onstage. First time in my life. A lifetime of mad-writer-in-her-attic/hiding-my-writing-under-my-pillow thanks to the inimitable Eleanor Jackson for holding my hand. What an ambassador Australian Poetry has chosen!

I couldn’t have expected a better time. I am so very happy I went.

Thank you Margaret River for a time of my life.

6 thoughts on “Margaret River 2014

  1. It was a fun weekend, wasn’t it? A more intimate writers festival but with some great authors and entertaining discussions. It was lovely to meet you too, Lauren.

    PS/ I just flicked through your website—I see you’re writing a novel too. We need to stay in touch!

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