Saturday, February 4, 2012

S*x and speaking

1.  I am chairing two sessions at the Perth Writers Festival: one about the Mickelberg brothers with Tony Buti, and Tapping into the Zeitgeist, with David Levithan, James Roy, and Indian rock star writer Chetan Bhagat.  I scored the latter because the fabulous AJ Betts is engaged spreading her fabulousness in a workshop at that time.  I can't wait.  I'm also speaking at Spearwood Library for the National Year of Reading on Valentine's Day.

It's a good way to start the year.

2.  I have just sent off the final proof of Losing It, with not a moment to spare.  It's the cumulation of lots of discussions and deep thought about sex and sexuality, and I'm proud of it.  I'm not the only one thinking about sex, though.  Tracy Clark-Flory says here that 'Sex is one of the most profound ways that we have to connect with other human beings, to transcend our physical separation'; Faramerz Dabholwala gives us a history lesson in case we thought sex was invented in the sixties; and Michelle Griffin recommends here that teenagers read (not watch, read) porn and raunchy books.

Something tells me Michelle will approve of Losing It.

3.  For Perth people who might have missed this, it's true: I'm totally moving to Melbourne.


  1. Greetings from Melbourne!

    You have some good gigs coming up. Would like to make it for the festival - it's a pretty solid program.

    And I am now really looking forward to reading Losing It.

  2. I hope you can make it - would be good to see you on this side of the country. And let me know if your advance copy of Losing It doesn't arrive ... should be soon!

  3. Can't wait for Losing It, Julia. And is the Spearwood NYOR launch you're speaking at? If so, I will be there (in general book-groupie mode; no formal role). See you there, and then at PWF, and maybe SCBWI and ... well, there are just so many writing-related events going on, aren't there? It's almost like Melbourne. Except not at all, really ... :)

  4. Thanks Meg, and yes, it is that one. Will be good to see you there, although I have just realised that it is next week and I need to prepare, eep. And, re your last: chortle!