An inspiration to blog

Tonight I went to the launch of the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival program. It wasn’t a huge event – more a taste of things to come – and I almost didn’t go. My office was warm and cosy and the winter night was cold and uninviting.

But when I got to the Atrium at Federation Square and heard the festival director, Steve Grimwade, talk about all the things happening in this year’s festival, I remembered why I love the MWF.  I felt so pleased to live in a city that loves books and to be connected to a community of other readers and writers. There will be so many interesting writers descending on Melbourne for this year’s festival, so many fascinating events on the program and countless new books to discover. I can’t wait.

The evening was just the sort of inspiration I needed to get me back to blogging, to make me think again about the importance of feeling connected to other readers and writers.

The program of this year’s MWF will be online and in The Age newspaper on Friday.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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