I had a few things on during the week and managed them. The big event for me was the Writers Festival, and despite the cold biting chilly winds I went - all rugged up and much more comfortable within the confines of the buildings for sessions.
There were two events that I attended - I actually missed one (was a little late!)
One was about Feminism. The website says "Proud feminists Mridula Koshy, Leslie Cannold and Jane Caro" in discussion with Paul Barclay of Radio National ABC. It was most interesting to hear their views on the past of Feminism and the future - but as they all pointed out there are plenty of things left to do. It will be replayed on Radio National at some stage, so anyone interested can keep up to date via the website. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/australiatalks/
There was question time - and some interesting questions, but one question/comment was made by a girl behind me. I could't see her, but she introduced herself as a 'lesbian feminist activist' or similar. I felt like getting up and saying 'why do we need to know your sexual preference' - do those of us who are 'heterosexual' announce our preferences? I guess it shows that I'm not a fan of lesbianism, I can accept it for others, but I wonder why they need to announce it. Is it a badge of honour?
I look forward to hearing the program when it is on Radio National - and I am glad I can download it to my phone or mp3 player.
It was strange - I was there for most of the afternoon - on my own. I had not made arrangements to go/meet anyone, but thought I'd see someone I knew.