Margo Lanagan gets around: one week she's in Bendigo and the next in Edinburgh for Book Festivals. Best of luck to her.
Also there was Garth Nix who read an extract from his upcoming novel Clariel, which is a prequel to his Old Kingdom series.
The Wheeler Centre blog announced a little while back that Lisa Dempster is to be the new Director of the Melbourne Writers Festival, taking over after Steve Grimwade finishes up this year.
John Birmingham gets a good laugh out of The Australian newspaper's report that he was a leading contender to take over the reins of the Sydney Writers Festival. That would probably be a truly excellent event, though it might just spell the end of all future Sydney Festivals. What the hell, go out with a bang I say!
And on the personal front, I'm speaking at the Nova Mob's meeting next Wednesday on the fantastical aspects of C.J. Dennis's writing. I have no idea what I'm going to say but I suspect I'll be concentrating on The Glugs of Gosh.