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November 4, 2012

Wild Writers in Waterloo

I took all the wrong pictures in Waterloo yesterday at the Wild Writers Festival. The pictures that I should have taken included one of a room full of about 30 students (with such friendly faces!) who’d turned out to listen to me talk about blogging for an hour and a bit; the Wild Women Writers panel with Miranda Hill, Alison Pick, Carrie Snyder and Kerry-Lee Powell, which was such a joy and inspiration to listen to; Miranda Hill’s book Sleeping Funny, which I had to buy because its author enchanted me; photos of all the people I know from online only and was so thrilled to meet in person finally; and pictures of The New Quarterly staff and their terrific volunteers who worked so hard to make things run smoothly and make the day so enjoyable for us.

The pictures I did take were of my gourmet lunch box, which I’d been ridiculously looking forward to and which surpassed all my expectations and then some. The box was massive, and the food was so so good. I also took a picture of (part of) the booksale table (by Words Worth Books), because they’d brought in Best Canadian Essays 2011 (with my essay in it!) and put it on display beside all the other festival presenters’. I am sure it sold like hotcakes, but yes, it was kind of the honour of my life to be a little old blogger up there beside some of Can-Lit’s finest. A thrill I will never, never forget.

Rumour has it that the event was a success, and they might put it on again next year. Here’s to the beginning of a fantastic literary tradition!

4 thoughts on “Wild Writers in Waterloo”

  1. Sarah says:

    Like I told you Kerry, your talk was amazing, and as inspirational for me as anything and everything else yesterday! Hope to keep in touch.

  2. saleema says:

    Looking at the festival lineup, I fairly writhed in longing to be able to attend. Awesome-sounding panels and great writers. It almost doesn’t seem possible it was the festival’s first year!?

    1. Kerry says:

      I know what you mean, Saleema. It was a perfect day (and my goodness, those LUNCHES!! [I think I think about food too much.]) And Sarah, it was great to meet you! Thank you for introducing yourself.

  3. Melissa says:

    Lucky for you, Brian St. Denis ( took some fabulous photos of your session 🙂

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