ON MY MIND / 1

EWA few things on my mind this week...

* The Sydney Festival program was released today and as always I'm finding it hard to settle on just what to see. So much happening, Kurt Vile and Dido and Aeneas are both musts, and Dom sounds pretty amazing. And there's a French-thing happening with food and wine and DJs at Sydney Uni that could be tres wonderful. I need to look properly, and weigh up finances and Christmas present ideas. I mean, what better gift, really, than seeing a brilliant show with the likes of me, eh?

*  I heard Tim Winton speak this evening, to launch his new book, Eyrie. He  did a reading and answered some questions with my friend Cath for a couple of hundred people in the Great Hall at the University of Sydney. He spoke with such ease, so intelligent, so down to earth and natural. He spoke about class and education and how Australia is losing sight of what matters. He talked about writing and the importance of voice. I've always thought him so striking for writing the language and characters that he does, so deeply Australian and still so very much a part of our literary canon. He said he owed a large part to the American authors of the South, to Carson McCullers and William Faulkner, who never pretended to write for the elite East Coast publishing houses or the papers of New York, but who wrote their stories of their South unapologetically and brilliantly. He talked about writing what you know and he talked about a sense of place and belonging. Afterwards my friend Clare and I had cheap Japanese and some white wine and talked about him.

* The Design Files Open House comes to Sydney in December and I couldn't be more excited. I love the work Lucy does, such a good eye and a real spotlight on all the amazing things being designed and made in Australia. The Open House seems like a culmination of lots of hard work and passion, which bodes well in my book...

{birthstones by Elisa Werbler}