There’s a couple of festivals I’m going to be at this year. Read on for more information.
Denmark Festival of Voice
I’m really excited to be a part of this year’s Denmark Festival of Voice! It runs over the June long weekend in the picturesque paradise of the Great Southern town of Denmark (the name totally doesn’t give it away does it? :P). I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be giving a talk on The Kingston Chronicles and what it’s like to be and Indie Author, as well as my Indie Publishing experiences. It will be a perfect opportunity for readers to ask questions me questions and get an autograph on their copy of The Kingston Chronicles. I’ll also be teaching a creative writing workshop for kids! For more information about my appearance, and other events going on at the Festival of Voice check out this link: http://www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au/performers/
Ok, so this is one of my favourite festivals! I missed out on going last year, I can’t remember why, but it is a fantastic arty, gothic event in Perth and it makes my heart sing. The first year Beautifully Haunted was run I was still dancing and was lucky enough to be able to dance quite a few times during the night, both in a solo act and as part of a troupe. I had immense fun portraying the Goddess Persephone that first year (look right to see a picture from rehearsals). Each year it is themed and this year the theme is Athena Rising. It is to be a celebration of the warrior female. As much as I’m disappointed I won’t be able to dance at the show as I have in the past (I’m fairly confident my dancing days are over) I will still be there to celebrate the sisterhood this event evokes. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and watching amazing dancers display their skills to some kick ass music. Prior to the show I’ll have a small stall with books for sale where you can meet me! I’ve been encouraged by event organisers to dress up and I’m looking forward to it immensely. You can check out the website here, or follow the event on Instagram at @beautifullyhaunted, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyhaunted/)
I’m hoping to be at Telling Tales again this year. It runs in the July school holidays (this year 7th and 8th of July) For the last two years the talented author Nina Smith and I have run creative writing workshops for kids at the festival and they’ve always been a big hit. The workshops we’ve run in the past were “Build a Beastie” and “Fracturing Fairy tales”. I’ve run these workshops without Nina but, to me, it’s just not the same. The kids love the opportunity to let their creativity run wild, especially in the “Build a Beastie” workshop. I can’t tell you how many poop monsters we’ve had from the boys. We even had a snot monster from one of the girls once. The festival is held annually at Bailingup in WA’s beautiful South West. For more information you can go to their website (http://www.tellingtalesinbalingup.com.au/). The festival is definitely a family event with the activities aimed at children but it’s always a lot of fun for the adults too. Event staff all take the opportunity to dress up from children’s literature and the costumes are fantastic. The first year Nina and I dressed up as witches, and a child dressed as a not-so-cowardly lion walked up to me and said, “I know who you are! You’re the Wicked Witch of the West”. I decided to run with it, which may not have been the best idea because the child punched me lightly on the arm and ran off to his parents. It was pretty funny though. Last year we dressed as gypsies. To find out what we’ll dress as this year you’ll either need to be at the festival or be monitoring my Instagram and Facebook feeds over that weekend.