BWF 2009

I was recently asked to write a short review of the Brisbane Writers Festival from the volunteers perspective for my uni newsletter. Final product can be found here

- and cause I had to link to the Wayback Machine, I've included the text below in case it disappears from the interwebs again.

Aimée Lindorff’s Account of the BWF
In the months leading up to the festival, the BWF team—including 100 enthusiastic volunteers—work tirelessly to produce a festival that is engaging, challenging, and entertaining. 

With over 250 authors and 150 events, this year’s program offered a diverse range of topics—from erotica and creating place, to the Global Financial Crisis and black politics—and several new initiatives including Remix my Lit, a national Creative Commons Licensing venture, and Tafe Tells, a ‘living book’ project about refugees. The evocative photographic tour about women in Afghanistan by photographer Lana Šlezic, celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue’s cooking session in the Breezeway, and Jeff Lindsay’s discussion about an ethical serial killer were some of the most memorable parts of the festival. For me, 2008 David Unaipon winner Marie Munkara’s reading of
Every Secret Thing and Tom Cho’s reading of Look Who’s Morphing were outstanding.

This is my second year volunteering with the BWF and it proved to be an invaluable experience once again. As a volunteer, I experience both sides of the program: the development and the presentation. I feel a great sense of fulfilment in knowing that I’ve made a valuable contribution to the success of the festival. As Artistic 
Director Jane O’Hara says, ‘Volunteers are the backbone of the festival, and, without them, the festival would simply not happen’.

As a WEP student, volunteering at the festival is a great opportunity to gain practical industry experience, develop contacts, and get involved in the writing community. The job market is becoming increasingly competitive, so having a volunteering experience on your résumé shows that you have commitment, practical experience, and a willingness to go the extra mile.

But more than that, volunteering is fun because the festival brings together creative minds to celebrate ideas and generate discussion. From trading barbs with Anna Campbell to setting the stage for a new session, volunteering at the Brisbane Writers Festival has been a highlight of my year.


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