Adelaide Writers’ Festival

I’m headed to the Adelaide Writers’ Festival in a few weeks, so I’m hoping to see some of you South Australian fans there.

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Here’s my schedule:

SUNDAY MARCH 3, 5PM
WEST STAGE
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden
Leviathan: Scott Westerfeld (US/AUS)
This is me having a long chat with my old buddy Sean Williams. We will be talking about All Of The Stuff.
Click here for more.

MONDAY MARCH 4, 5PM
EAST STAGE
Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden
Highways to a War: A Reading
War stories are among our oldest narratives and this session of readings will explore some of our more recent wars. Christopher Koch has taken us to Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Peter Robb has introduced us to the mean streets of Italy and Brazil. Tom Keneally has chronicled both the World Wars. Scott Westerfeld explores an alternative First World War and Ross McMullin chronicles the letters home.

It looks like I’ll be doing a reading for this second one, and with Tom Keneally! (AKA the guy who wrote Schindler’s Ark.) Click here for more.

For more details about the festival, click here. Note that these sessions are FREE, and at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.

79 thoughts on “Adelaide Writers’ Festival

  1. wow, now this is too far for me. my school would never approve this as an excused absence, even though it should be. 🙁

  2. I’m so excited! I totally jumped around, trying not to be too loud for my unwell sister, when I found out you were going to be at Writers’ Week! 😀

  3. Also, you can get lights in the shape of bowler hats (I WANT ONE). Random, even with the boffin reference. Just throught that information would be interesting.

  4. woah
    this is totally random, but i was ramdomly on the TMI/shadowhunter website and i looked at the videos…and scott westerfeld interviewed cassandra clare?!

  5. @16 whaaaaat???!!! i’m not sure if that’s like so cool or so weird… i’m finding this video for myself now!

  6. Is “I live too far away” a legit excuse for not going to this? Because I’d kinda have to cross the planet to get there lol

  7. @16: I’VE WATCHED THAT VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!! And your comment was all the more sweet to my ears (eyes? XD) because I’ve been on a major Malec binge these past few days, when not doing APEuro notes. (So much sadness. Why can’t the people I love just be happy? Like Deryn and Alek. They’re happy.)

    And guess what we’ve stepped onto in APEuro? A little something I like to call THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though, it’s like a century beforehand, but if you want to be really specific, you’d have to go back to the beginning of time because everything results from something before it: Napoleon from the French Revolution, the French Revolution from the Enlightenment, etc. Nothing occurs in a vacuum. ^^ WWI is mentioned on like every page now. But we’re still five chapters away….

    (Speaking of which, I hate when people Anglicize the simplest names. Francis?! What??!! IT’S FRANZ!!!!!!! XD)

  8. @18 – yeah, me too. I sort of feel bad about saying that because of Scott’s comment about airplanes on the last thread.
    sorry, Scott… it’s a bit too far for me 🙁

  9. ah, airplanes… why must you be so expensive? all i want to do is visit my favorite author, but no.

    maybe i could figure out how to get uber rich then i’d get a private jet and travel the world with fellow Westerfeld fans and everything would be happy. or i can just stay at home, fantasizing about that.

  10. @19 APeuro is two years away for me, but that is the single most-looked-forward-to class of my high school career. (But I may end up taking the IB equivalent anyways, Europe and the Middle East)

  11. @22: Don’t get me wrong, I love history. It’s just our textbook spends like five chapters going over the same 200 years. Very, very slowly. Plus it’s all politics and economy, except for that tiny bit they did at the end of Napoleon’s chapter on Romanticism. After all that logic, it was wonderful, but then they just dismissed it, because most people were still paying attention to the Enlightenment and logic and the French Revolution and yackum. Can’t. Wait. For. World. War. One!

    (And haha 1820s: Russia became Serbia’s formal protector. I know these things already. Leviathan <3)

    It was funny, because our teacher asked the class if anyone knew what started WWI, and the guy she called on only said something vague about Serbia and 'an Austrian archduke", while I was muttering all the details under my breath. I think she saw me because she asked me about it later, about who or where exactly or something. I just remember tacking on: "With his wife, Sophie." (She looked sort of confused, like she didn't know who I was talking about.) Because even the textbook doesn't have her name. I wrote it in. 🙂

    (I hate how little recognition Sophie gets. The one place I found her actual name was a tour guide of Vienna, and they weren't even killed in Vienna! *fumes* Okay, I won't start ranting so early in the morning….)

  12. History in your schools sounds so much fun than mine. Here, the teacher just gives us a guide for two months of school and we have to do it all. And both the book and the teacher explain stuff like we were little children. An explanation that should take 5 minutes takes 2 hours in my class!

    I was so looking forward to WW1, but it ended up being a class of “you read the book and that’s it”. And it was just one class!!

  13. @16 and 17 and 19
    So i cant remember what book it was, but in Cassandra Claire’s Mortal instruments series she thanked SCOTT WESTERFELD in her acknowledgments.
    DO ALL AUTHORS JUST KNOW EACH OTHER?

  14. @24: Aww, I’m so sorry. I would hate that.

    @25: I NOTICED THAT, TOO.

    Guys, I have to do a quickwrite for English on FATE vs. FREE WILL. It’s for Oedipus Rex, but do you know who I immediately thought of? gyahAlekIloveyousomuch

    “What if destiny doesn’t care?”

    Deryn opened her mouth to argue, then hesitated, a half smile crossing her face. “So you must think that we’re meant to be together.”

    ‘cuz he talks about destiny so much <3

    (It's sort of weird quoting that on Scott's blog. I did it off the top of my head and I'm pretty sure it's right. I mean, I have so much of those books memorized. Is that weird? I bet there are tons of people at school who think I talk to myself; really I'm just quoting. LEVIATHAN IS SO QUOTABLE.)

    O.o

  15. @27 I have so much of those books memorized, I’m buying them in Spanish so I can improve my vocabulary with words that are actually useful.

  16. the Hapsburgs were on Jeopardy! tonight. i totally got the clue the moment Alex said Austria. my dad, who knows the entire history of the world, couldn’t figure it out. thank you, Scott, for educating me on some of Europe’s history!

  17. @28: I’m trying to get them in German, especially to see how they do how Deryn doesn’t understand German in her chapters of Leviathan, because the whole thing would be in German. ^^

    @29: Not that I know of. I’ve heard her father’s name used in some fanfics, or just random names that people stuck there. But I don’t know if there’s an official one. Scott?

    @30: OMYGOSH WHY DON’T I WATCH JEOPARDY MORE OFTEN? I would’ve gone into fits of uncontrollable ecstatic-ness. Really uncontrollable. And I would have probably attempted to recite the books backwards or something.

    “Are your relations completely barking mad?”
    “No, we’re rulers of an empire.”

    And they’re all over my history textbook. <333 And the reason I love Tonia (Maria Antonia aka Marie Antoinette). It's weird, because I've read so many books on her, yet it wasn't until like the fourth or fifth one that they even mentioned her being a Hapsburg. Obviously, I knew already, but none of the others ever mentioned it. This one, though, had the Hapsburg motto and everything. The fact that she belonged to such a family made her stand taller when the French court called her names. 🙂 They had her name as Maria Antonia von Hapsburg-Lorraine, or something. (That last because of her father.)

    I can't help but ramble, can I? Leaving now….

  18. @31 (to the first part) I’ve always wondered that as well. The next part of my plan is to get the books on German, so I can learn some of that too.

    Also, I think it’s great when the Hapsburgs show up in my books. Even though most of what I read is about the history of Europe, they are mentioned less than you would think.

  19. Also, even though it has nothing to do with anything, I’d really quickly like to post this quote from one of my favorite musicians and actors:

    “My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. ‘Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?’ they asked me the other day.

    “I told them this story:

    “In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, ‘Look at me… I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you… You’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.’ And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, ‘Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.’ So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”

    – Tom Waits

  20. Sgt. Pepper- wow, that’s actually a really cool story. Sounded kind of familiar, though I can’t manage to remember any other story with crooked trees 🙂
    What kind of music does Tom Waits play? (Sory if that’s a little ignorant on my part)

  21. @ Middy Me – Wow, THAT’S a tough question to answer! What kind of music does Tom Waits play? That’s rather like asking what genre the movie Pulp Fiction is. He’s pretty much indescribable, at least in generic terms. His style can range from rustic folk to scat singing jazz to dirty blues and far beyond. His raspy voice can be an acquired taste for some, but most of his fans, myself included, couldn’t imagine him without it. He’s a true poet, one of the few. Here’s a few links to some tunes of his. The fourth one is a cover by that band The Spring Standards who A Dude was talking about a little while ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knII3S0MZtY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4zDaTESGvQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8YcEmKleJk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glbqtyFqdJY

  22. Yes, it is! Then why can’t I post a response to Middy Me? I keep trying to post one and it just says “duplicate comment deleted. It looks like you’ve already posted that!” and I swear I haven’t! This is seriously weird…

  23. @ Middy Me – Wow, THAT’S a tough question to answer! What kind of music does Tom Waits play? That’s rather like asking what genre the movie Pulp Fiction is. He’s pretty much indescribable, at least in generic terms. His style can range from rustic folk to scat singing jazz to dirty blues and far beyond. His raspy voice can be an acquired taste for some, but most of his fans, myself included, couldn’t imagine him without it. He’s a true poet, one of the few. Here’s a few links to some tunes of his. The fourth one is a cover by a band called The Spring Standards. Check them out too! Hopefully these links work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knII3S0MZtY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4zDaTESGvQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8YcEmKleJk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glbqtyFqdJY

  24. Sgt. Pepper, just write it like a regular comment, I’ll know it’s for me.
    Or is it some other problem?

  25. @ Middy Me – Wow, THAT’S a tough question to answer! What kind of music does Tom Waits play? That’s rather like asking what genre the movie Pulp Fiction is. He’s pretty much indescribable, at least in generic terms. His style can range from rustic folk to scat singing jazz to dirty blues and far beyond. His raspy voice can be an acquired taste for some, but most of his fans, myself included, couldn’t imagine him without it. He’s a true poet, one of the few. Here’s a few links to some tunes of his. The fourth one is a cover by that band The Spring Standards whom A Dude was talking about a little while ago. Hopefully these links work.

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