Our appearance at the 2014 Brisbane Writers’ Festival was such a success we came back for round two.
There was a good turn out this year also (though maybe a few less people than last year, but not by many). Instead of Auditorium 2 at the State Library Queensland we were in Kuril Dhagun, a sunlight filled area on the ground floor of the same library. A beautiful view of the Brisbane river was presented by the glass wall of the lounge as we sat down to present our open session.
After last year we received some feedback that the audience couldn’t gauge our critiquing skill clearly because they didn’t get to read the stories as we had, so we listened and this year the stories were read aloud before the critiques were made by the other group members.
Kristen, Gen and Elaine read their stories and took down their notes from our feedback on the stage rather than around the table, but the formality of the occasion didn’t change much at all. The event unfolded almost exactly how our meetings run – so much so I should have made a language warning in my opening speech. (there isn’t a lot, but a tiny bit does make it through)
The personalities of our regular attending members was still quite clear and it was great to hear laughter from the audience both during the reading of the stories and the giving of feedback.
As with every meeting we all were able to offer at least one new point or perspective on each of the stories, even if opinions did sometimes differ (that’s the beauty of a big group, plenty of different viewpoints, just like your book’s audience will have).
Our anthology 18 was being shown off, with posters offering links to free downloads and the last precious few hard copies on display and available for purchase.
All in all it was a great afternoon and fingers crossed we’ll be invited back for a third open session next year.
ADDITIONAL: We were also listed by BMag as one of the five must-see events at the BWF.