Guest blogger: Cheryse Durrant
Celebrating our addiction
READING is not just about the hearty consumption of books, one delectable chapter after another.
It’s also the warm afterglow you feel when you talk to fellow book lovers about those characters and stories.
Let’s face it—between work, family, deadlines and runaway children, life can be exhausting, but sharing your passion for books with a fellow reader adds a silver lining to the dreariest of days.
Likewise, when a writer finds a kindred spirit whom they can share both their passion for books and their passion for writing, it feels like they’ve stumbled upon the holy grail.
That’s why we have tribes like the ARRA.
Even if we’ve only just met an ARRA member, we’re immediately bonded by the lifeblood of a good book. We can chat for hours.
Another of my tribes, one I know intimately, is the Bundaberg Writers Club.
It’s 14 years since my husband swept me off my feet and lured me to Bundaberg, but during that twice-the-seven-year-itch, I’ve been loved, nurtured and supported by the unique and fun-loving souls who make up this club.
This Saturday is our big annual get-together—Bundaberg WriteFest.
This is where the organiser flies interstate writing and publishing professionals in and we all get to drink lots of coffee, learn about the craft of writing, and celebrate story.
Oh, and some of us have even scored publishing contracts.
Unlike previous years, WriteFest is this year being held in October (this Saturday, 8 October), instead of May.
This year’s guest presenters include our own 2015 ARRA winner Rachael Johns (crowd applause, please), delicious wordsmith Angela Savage, the ‘surfing scientist’ Ruben Meerman, indie publishing dynamo Justin Sheedy, Penguin Random House editor Lex Hirst and marketing guru Jaki Arthur.
The event also attracts a lot of attendees from away—authors travel from as far away as Roma, Brisbane and Innisfail to soak up our warm beach weather while enhancing their writing craft and meeting new quirky friends.
If you’re interested in attending, check out their website.
If you can’t make it, why not catch up with a friend for you own mini-WriteFest—whether that’s in person or online.
Celebrate your passions, no matter where you are.
Naturally, the best way to celebrate is with a good friend—or a good book 🙂
Cheryse Durrant’s love of story and landscape stemmed from a childhood spent alongside rustic characters on a south-west Queensland property. She worked as a newspaper journalist and sub-editor for 15 years before the dark and enchanting world of fantasy compelled her to write The Blood She Betrayed, the first in a series of Young Adult Heart Hunter stories. Durrant’s picture book My Big Bear Story is used in classrooms throughout Queensland and was recently showcased at a global conference in Prague. Durrant is also the inspiration behind Inklings, What If and Creative Dragons, hubs of imagination and exploration for young people. Visit her at creativedragons.com.au or cherysedurrant.com.