A WRITING SUMMER
With my first swim of the season, summer has officially started, whatever the calendar might say. But instead of allowing myself to slide into that state of pleasurable lethargy in which reading gradually begins to take precedence over writing, I am plotting an intense summer, brimming with creative activity. For one thing, it is a Festival year, and to my immense pleasure I have been invited to participate in Adelaide Writers' Week. Life doesn't get much sweeter.
The Writers' Cafe sessions will run for six weeks from January 23rd up until Writers' Week opens on February 28th.
Amid all this frantic action, I am also planning a small reading sabbatical over Christmas and New Year. What will I be reading? Below is the current list, a mix of new fiction and second-hand bookshop finds that have been piling up beside my bed at an alarming rate.
- Love and Summer, William Trevor
- Summer Lightning, Olive Senior
- A Spell of Winter, Helen Dunmore
- Noah's Compass, Anne Tyler
- Earthly Possessions, Anne Tyler
- The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
- Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
- All I Knew, Peter Goldsworthy
- Jetty Road, Cath Kenneally