Seriously, I enjoyed the 2016 Adelaide Writers Festival so much more than the recent Rolling Stones concert that people are telling me I need to get a life… Go figure.
I got to meet Alexander McCall Smith (whereas Mick Jagger wouldn’t even know I existed) who gave fascinating insights into his way of writing, one being: I never see the faces of my characters. I might know about their skin, or their eyes. I see their clothes and hair and hear their voice, but I do not see their faces.
And then there was spell-binding South African journalist and crime writer Margie Orford who when asked why she writes true-life violence as fiction said: The measure of truth in a novel is a different measure… and the novel is the greatest force of social change. Look at Charles Dickens…. Ah! It was
music to my ears.
‘Beast of Burden’ is brilliant to listen to. But hearing talented wordsmiths tell their stories is beyond awesome.