Day 7 Song 7 – 30 Day Song Challenge

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Today day 7 is a song that reminds you of a certain event. I considered so many events, weddings, funerals, concerts etc etc and the one thing that really stood out in my mind was rather obviously the birth of my little girl. I didn’t do the music thing while I was in labour I was way past the point of being soothed by nature sounds. But at one point early ish in the labour ok so about 10 hours in ….. I was sitting in my hospital bed and to try to distract myself I put the radio on and surprisingly it worked (till the next contraction that is) But it was somewhat of a moment as it was a Powderfinger song and I’m a big fan so it was pretty cool….

The Reader – If:Book Symposium

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On Thursday I had the opportunity to attend a one day symposium on The Future Of The Book held by the Queensland Writers Association here in Brisbane at the State Library. It was a fascinating day filled with talks from authors, booksellers, web designers, feminists and a whole host of others.

The Future Of The Book aimed to take an in-depth look at  exactly that, the future of the printed page. From digital texts to ebooks and beyond, we looked at all the ways our experience of reading is going to change and evolve into the future. We looked at topics like, literacy beyond the printed page and libraries and digital heritage. It was an absolutely fascinating and mind bending day and one I am really glad I had the opportunity to attend.

The day began with The Rules about drinking games so I knew it would be a good day ! The first talk of the day was from John Birmingham a writer that I am a huge fan of and have been for a long time now.John talked about his experiences with blogging,tweeting and the relationships he has formed with readers through social media. Typically he had us all in stitches with his anecdotes about writing and the people he encounters on twitter.

John was followed by the amazing Dale Spender who regaled us with facts about books in history and had us all laughing at some quirky facts about women and reading. Such as reading was once considered to be the reason for women getting uterine infections ! HAHA  Yes apparently this was used as a reason to keep women from reading and therefore becoming more educated. It seems hard to believe now but it wasn’t that long ago that reading was a right reserved for aristocracy. What a shame it would have been if we had all been denied the pleasure of story telling.

I wont give details of every talk we had as I would be blogging all day so ill share some highlights. One of my favourite talks was from Jon Page, of Pages and Pages Bookstore in Sydney who is also president of the Australian Booksellers Association. Jon looked at a variety of topics all regarding how we as booksellers will adapt to the digital book age and how we can grab our piece of that pie. If you would like to read more about Jon’s talk I have included a link to Jon’s blog Bite The Book at the bottom of the page.

I also really enjoyed a talk we had from Peter Brantley about reading on a Holodeck. I wont attempt to fully outline his speech as I couldn’t possibly do it justice but the ideas he presented were mind bending to say the least and I urge anyone reading this to google Holodeck its an amazing concept. From virtual reality to gaming with the principles of Kinect software for the XBox this is full immersion story telling at its best ! And frighteningly not the far off int he future if Peter is to be believed.

I also enjoyed hearing about a new and very exciting website here in Australia that has been designed by the very talented Virginia Murdoch and her team. aims to bring beautiful ebooks into the hand of Australian readers. For anyone who is interested in purchasing ebooks here in Aus is definitely a website you should check out !

It’s hard to pick and choose the parts that were my favourites of the day as they were all really interesting sessions that left me with a lot of food for thought. I’ll let you know about one more that I found absolutely fascinating and that was a presentation given by Jeremy Lebard about his new software invention Read Cloud which aims to enhance the experience of digital reading for children and school students by adding multi layered extra format to ebooks. I urge anyone to google it and learn more about it for yourself its a really exciting concept that I think is going to change the way our children learn long into the future !

I really enjoyed the whole day and I look forward to many more days like it in the future. Being a part of the industry is not only a passion of mine as I am an avid reader, but it is also exciting for me because it allows me a glimpse in to the future of education, and how our next generation will be reading. I love learning more about this wonderful industry I am so blessed to work in and I enjoy having the opportunity to share some of it with my everyone who reads my blog. The future of the book is exciting and diverse and I cant wait to see where it all goes.



Day 1 Book 1 – 30 Day Book Challenge

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So I may be starting a few days late on this one but I have some good excuses ! I was at a book conference and there was a Royal Wedding in there somewhere too! So similar to the 30 day song challenge the book challenge has 30 categories for 30 days and for me today is day 1 – your favourite book.

I really struggled to choose only one, how many books can we put into a list of favourites ! I have trouble narrowing it down to a list of ten let alone one! But I had to choose and I think what drove this choice for me was not only the quality of writing but also the ability of this book to cross over generations and keep readers enchanted.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of the classics and while I have a soft spot for many of them Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is far and away one of my most treasured. I cry every time I read it and it still pains me when Jo marries the professor instead of Laurie. Yes I am a little obsessed. So whats your choice ? Id love to hear !

Day 6 Song 6 – 30 Day Song Challenge

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OK almost back on track for day 6 🙂 So Day 6 is a song that reminds you of somewhere …hmmm interesting one this one but, this particular one brings back some really funny memories for me and some really special friends of mine will know exactly what im talking about when they hear it 😉 love you guys, this weekend was one to remember 😉 All I have to say is J,N,R and the Islander hahahahaha 😉 Ohhh how much fun is jumping in beds when you’re a grown up !!

Day 5 Song 5 – 30 Day Song Challenge

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Ok so technically this one is a couple of days late but I was at a book conference, and then there was a royal wedding so I have a good excuse ! Anyhoo Day 5 is a song that reminds you of someone so I picked one that reminds me of two really amazing girls in my life and a song that I absolutely love to dance to. Hope you enjoy it 😉