Some Festival magic this week. One of our most generous and dedicated supporters, Louise Walsh, along with her husband Dave Jordan, hosted a fundraising event for the Festival at their beautiful property in Jaspers Brush. Potential donors met the BWF committee and heard from two of our local authors, Suzanne Daniel and Danielle Celermajer, interviewed by Nicole Abadee of the SMH. Danielle fought through flood waters in Broughton Vale to join us. That’s commitment!
Just a couple of days post event, already many of those guests have been extremely generous and so the Festival coffers feel a lot more substantial. We couldn't run this event without our wonderful donors and sponsors. Not only do we need money to hire venues, for marketing and to pay authors, but there is a very real sense of support for all of us working on the ground. We feel loved! So, if you know of anyone you feel might contribute, cash, kind or time, please point them in our direction.
And some exciting author news. We are pleased that Peter Hartcher, international editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age and author of Red Zone: China’s Challenge and Australia’s Future, will be in conversation with Gary Quinlan AO, former Ambassador to the United Nations and Indonesia, to discuss Australia’s role in a rapidly changing world.
We will also hear from Hugh MacKay, and Tabitha Carvan whose book, launched today, has one of the best titles I’ve seen in a while: This is not a book about Benedict Cumberbatch!
Next week we will start to post our author bios on the website, so keep looking.