It’s been great to see the major writer’s festivals of Australia grow to such prominence over the past decade with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Writers Festivals becoming both truly international as well as popular. Audiences are diverse as are the range of speakers, genres, forms and ideas. It was a great pleasure to speak at this years Sydney Writers Festival back in June and now I’m making the year a quinella having been invited to speak at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September.
I’ll be giving a keynote presentation for the BWF’s Story+ conference examining the relationship between Narrative, Design and Technology and ideas of authorship and storytelling across media forms. This will then be followed up by a lively panel discussion on challenges and opportunities for writers in the digital world and how to build a flexible career across formats.
And I’m certainly amongst good company with fellow speakers including much celebrated novelist Lauren Beukes and Greg Broadmore author and key artist at the much lauded WETA Workshop.
Story+ is on 4-5th September http://bwf.org.au/more-events/story/ and the official blurb reads:
“If you’ve been wondering where writing and publishing is heading next, how to tell inspiring stories, how games influence culture and what it means to shape a truly interactive narrative, then STORY+ is for you. Two full days of inspiring talks, debates, panels and hands-on play featuring cultural leaders, writers, transmedia producers, interaction designers and publishers.”
“Cross-platform narratives hold exciting creative opportunities for writers. Acclaimed transmedia producer and writer Mike Jones of Portal Entertainment shows you how to design immersive storyworlds and narratives that can engage audiences across books, TV, film and interactive media.”
So with this I will have done Sydney and Brisbane Writers Festivals. So what’s up Melbourne…? Don’t ya love me?