Mt Lawley author looking forward to Avon Valley Readers and Writers Festival


Mt Lawley author Brooke Davis.
Mt Lawley author Brooke Davis.

MT LAWLEY author Brooke Davis “snuck away” for an overseas road trip ahead of her appearance at the Avon Valley Readers and Writers Festival this month.

The Lost & Found writer, who is driving through the southern part of the USA visiting Austin, New Orleans, Mississippi and Georgia, is hoping for a little inspiration for her second book on the road.

“When I was little my family lived in Florida, and have not been back there for 30 years,” she said.

“I am meeting my brother in the town we lived.

“I really don’t know what the second book will be about, but I don’t think it will be like my first one at all.

“It is different writing your second book because with the first one you don’t think anyone will care or read it.

“It comes from a pure place, this is different; there are expectations.”

Davis said she was excited to get back to the Avon Valley and talk all things books.

“It will be my first time involved in the festival, but I have been out to that part of the world before and the people so receptive there,” she said.

The festival is celebrating its fifth year by partnering with the York festival and holding a full-day program in Toodyay, Northam, and York.

Festival director Angi McCluskey said the event offered a variety of workshops, panels, and discussion that will explore the diverse approaches to writing in literature, comedy, theatre, music and media.

The festival runs from September 9 – 11.

For the full festival program and more information, go to www.proximitywa.org.

Festival highlights

– launch at York’s Barclay Books, with author Portland Jones and literary editor William Yeoman for An Interlude of Music & Words.

– Dinner, Drinks and Forum at the Riverside Hotel in Northam including panel discussion with Tabetha Beggs, Ron Elliott, Fleur McDonald and Guy Salvidge.

– Youth Program run by teacher and writer Melinda Tognini, suitable for 10 – 17 year olds.