by Lewis White
|At the welcome for party for the festival writers and guests|
He is staying in the roomy Mildura home of Jenny and Brian, who seem thrilled to have kids to look after once more. Hanobi could only afford to come to the festival because of their generosity. The house is a little out of the action in terms of the festival, however there are cats, and everybody loves cats.
Hanobi confesses that hasn’t actually read the authors of the festival but he doesn’t see this as a negative. He believes that one of the festival's purposes must surely be to introduce readers to new authors and so he is fulfilling this very desire. Plus he hopes the writers' characters will inspire him to read their work.
He admits to himself that although it was the promise of the quick credit that brought him to edge of Victoria, he wonders whether it will be the amicable and insightful writers that make him return.