Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Writers Festival Wrap Up

The launch of my book, Diary of a Schizophrenic, at the Melbourne Writers Festival, couldn't have gone any better. Everything came together on the day. We started with a speech prepared for the occasion by Dr Matthew Sharpe. The speech was brilliantly read by Stu Hatton. Dr Sharpe's speech was eloquent and indeed moving, and I am grateful to him for spending the time to write such considered words. I then gave my speech, which went as smoothly as could be expected. I spoke of my life since the writing of the diary and some of the successes I have enjoyed. I then read a few selections from the diary, and finished with a few poems.

We estimated there to be about 70 people in attendance, which was great. After the readings I signed some books and answered a few questions. Its was great chatting to people and hearing their interests and concerns about schizophrenia.

The venue (Feddish at Federation Square) was the perfect back drop to really have an enjoyable day. My family was there, as were many of my friends, and I am delighted I could contribute some small thing to the cultural milieu of Melbourne during that important week of the festival.

And yes, if you weren't there, you can easily buy a copy of the book on Amazon.

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