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lisadempster  Director @MelbWritersFest. Vegan // Adventure // Nature // Books // #NEONPILGRIM in bookstores now Twitter: @lisadempster

#NeonPilgrim made the news! // But @theagephoto used a photo by @reyanimator without crediting it which is very disappointing. // The online story is titled "Heat, blisters and wild bears: How a 1200km trek changed my life", temp link in bio.

The stage is set... snapped last night at @melbwritersfest volunteers briefing. // Every year I find myself at a loss for words about how to thank our volunteers, they are the absolute heart and soul of the festival. // These last few months have been full of "lasts" for me, and "last MWF volunteers briefing" was definitely a moment. // Now our vollies are inducted and trained it's full steam ahead to the festival - just two short weeks away!! #mwf17 #volunteers #volunteersrock #melbournewritersfestival

#tbt 1995, age 15, exchange student living my teen queen karaoke dream in Kochi. A big year away from home and the first of many adventures in Japan and beyond. // This is when I first heard of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage and swore I would return to hike its 1200km length one day. Still kind of amazed I did! // Wore that shirt to death, Dangerfield I do believe.

Forever trying to find the perfect balance between nature and culture in my life. // Stumbled across this blooming wattle on a long walk yesterday. Today, working and reading. // One day I'll figure it out.

Engrossing interview with Joyce Carol Oates in the Age today. I admire her so much and am so proud to be bringing her to @melbwritersfest on her first-ever Australian visit in a few short weeks. I saw her talk in Edinburgh in 2010 and it remains one of the best, most inspiring literary events I have ever attended. Plus, if you're not already onto it, her Twitter account is a sight (feed) to behold. Roll on #mwf17!

It's been too long between book reviews. // Sarah Schmidt's See What I Have Done is one of my favourite debut Australian novels of this year, reimagining the infamous Borden family murders of the 1800s, in which Lizzie may or may not have axed her father and stepmother to death. // One of my favourites parts of reading this book was its deliciously eerie atmosphere, delving into the inscrutable mind of Lizzie and drawing the reader deeply into the unsettling environment of the Borden household. However, the writing has a lightness to it so the narrative moves along quickly despite the heaviness of the story. // Have you read this book & what did you think of it?

Art life. Too real. // This old post from @notongotham has been sitting in my regram for ages and today - deep in the quagmire of festival producing - seems the perfect moment to post. // FESTIVAL LIFE = love / die / love, sometimes a million times in one day.

Amidst the madness of launching #mwf17 this week I was stoked to receive this photo from my publisher... my memoir now exists in real true book form, ready for its 1 August release date. Busy & very very bookish couple of months coming up for me!

Launching my fifth and final @melbwritersfest program. // I keep getting asked what my favourite event or who my favourite guest has been across that time, and it's such an impossible question. There have been a million magical moments, from the intimate to the spectacular. // Mostly I'm proud that every moment led to this one, a program that puts activists centre stage with writers to have the conversations about resistance and transformation that we so desperately need. // Link in bio.

#tbt ahead of my final @melbwritersfest program reveal next week, here's me launching my first MWF in 2013. // I was so nervous bc I was worried whether my program was exciting enough. But with The Moth, Tavi, Boris Johnson, Junot Diaz, Teju Cole, Colm Toibin & the London Review of Books crew, Marina Warner, Tao Lin & the Bookwallah Indian author tour, I didn't have to worry! // I feel a similar nervous excitement about Tuesday's #MWF17 launch... I just can't wait to share it. Watch this space. * * *
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@lisadempster opening the #MWF13 launch.

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