When I lived in London, what seems like a lifetime ago, I had the good fortune to observe many ritualistic ceremonies, one of them being Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park. This public-byo-soapbox-forum, dating back from the Victorian times was an eclectic gathering place to share one's view point and generally have a bit of a rant. It was and still is a melting pot of political debate and more importantly, a symbol for a free and democratic society. And with the need to expound arises the necessity to create, something people of the pen know only too well.
To better celebrate creative life, the good folk of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators SCBWI, and the historic Residences Centennial Park have joined forces along with dozens of writers, storytellers, publishers, arts associations, performers, illustrators, poets, and literacy advocates to present Writers in the Park.
This one day festival is choc-block full of writer and illustrator encounters (over 50 attending), literary inspired talks, book launches, illustrating duels, guest readings, scrummy eats and treats, market stalls and I'm told, a goat. Co-ordinated by festival director, Susanne Gervay, Writers in the Park promises to be a sensory sensation for book lovers and creative addicts alike. There is something for young, old and everyone in between. And the best part? It's in a park too - Centennial Park, Sydney. And it's FREE.
Get yourself down there if you can - Sunday 27th September - 10 am - 6 pm.
Check out their website for the full program of events and the who's who who'll be there.
Writers in the Park http://writersinthepark.com.au/
Too good to pass by.