While I'm on the subject of blogs and blogging, you might want to check out some of Australia's writers' festival blogs and websites. The Australian government website is good starting place for locating the various festivals. Below is an extract from its introduction to literary festivals in Australia.
They are an amazing field of innovation, exploring new ways to connect with participants. New writers' festivals are constantly popping and each offers something a little different: a focus on Emerging Writers, an ethnic focus such as in the Antipodes Festival , a regional perspective.
As Jonathan Holloway, Artistic Director of the Perth International Arts Festival, said:
The increase in blogging and social media has also made writers festivals all the more important. At a time when it is possible for almost anyone in the Western world to be published and read on a daily basis, never before has it been so important to gather together to hear prose and poetry read aloud alongside radical and world-illuminating ideas.
Serving different interests
Past and future festivals
What unimaginable new shape will writers' festivals take as the present era of radical digital-induced change in publishing plays out? The changes that are in motion may be bigger than Gutenberg's, and we don't know where they're going, but writers' festivals offer a lively and personal front row seat.
What makes for a great experience at the festival?
But the coffee, wine and food matter a lot too, and the degree to which children and families are embraced by the event. The landscape and ambience count, as the Byron Bay and Noosa festivals know. While writers have contact with their readers through festivals, they also have contact with and recognition from each other. A festival may offer the chance to meet with colleagues from the ends of the earth.
It all depends on what you are looking for, and there is plenty of choice.