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Richard Flanagan and Black & Blue at the Varuna Sydney Writers’ Festival

More from guest blogger Kirsten Krauth on the Varuna branch of the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Richard Flanagan packs a room and Black & Blue bring illustrators and poets together in an exhibition that explores dark stories from the Blue Mountains ….

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More from the Wild Colonial Girl

More great blogging from The Wild Colonial Girl, Kirsten Krauth who was guest blogger at the Varuna-Sydney Writers’ Festival …

*Emma Donoghue spoke about cross-dressing, frog-dancing and breast-feeding (and I had a room with a view at Varuna)

*Irina Dunn spoke to Felicity Castagna and me about stalking teenagers, boys who don’t speak but do listen; whether we wear pants of not (I mean, are pantsers)

*Annah Faulkner and Sally Piper advised to not drive and write (bloody idiot!), to not listen to your mother if she says you’re bad at art, and that the way families share food defines them

*Richard Flanagan’s profundity and the Black and Blue exhibition of Blue Mountains’ stories to come…

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Varuna with Sydney Writers’ festival Kirsten Krauth blogs

We’re just landing from five days of Writer Festival fun. It’s been exceptional. Congratulations to all of the writers, illustrators and convenors who enthralled, amused and engaged with us with their conversations and thanks to the readers in the audience for enjoying their work, buying their books and providing the essential spark you get at a great live event.

Kirsten Krauth blogs about Emma Donoghue talking with Kate Fagan at the Varuna with Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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“Hi, I’m Sarah Price and I’m reading from my work in progress, a young adult novel called Chasing Butterflies.

This is crap.
Sunday nights should be dumb reality tv and leftovers on the couch. Or roast lamb around the dining room table with talk of how you all lived your weekend. They should be nagging from your mum to get your assignment finished for school tomorrow, and your dad, lazing in front of the football, before another long week in the job he hates. (more…)

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“Hi, I’m Dael Allison.

The poem I’ll read is from my series on the iconic Australian painter Ian Fairweather.
Fairweather died in 1974. A wanderer, he travelled through a great deal of Asia and Australia in the 1930s and 40s, painting and living rough. The impetus for him to settle was his epic raft journey, made in 1952 at the age of 60 from Darwin to Timor: 16 waterlogged days on a craft so small he couldn’t stand. (more…)

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“Hi. I’m Meg McKinlay and I’m going to read two poems from my collection, Cleanskin. Both of these were inspired by travels with my young daughter past a cemetery near our house in Fremantle, Western Australia. (more…)

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“Hi, my name is Jane Skelton and I’m reading from my novel, ‘earth eaters’:  The wind brought summer, and earth eaters.  A thick west wind that boiled the sky, rinsed it with copper, lowered it so it hung heavy over us, suffocating us.

The wind left the land littered with strange bones, delicate as flowers, and teeth, smooth or cracked, some still stuck to wide open jaws, biting on dust.

It’s a fire wind, said a voice in my head, a small, quiet voice.  A wind that uncovers.  At dawn I picked through the litter of bone and tooth scattered out in the yard.

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