This foam roller is particularly good for traveling since my partner cut the dam thing in half with a bread knife. Note the damaged, un-even end. It is now the perfect size to twist into my carry-on luggage.
I am about to sound like the ‘nerds guide to travel’ but with so much time sitting during the festival, I am concerned I will end up looking (and feeling) like a hunch back. I am certain that Quasimodo was an Emerging Writer without a foam roller before he headed up into that bell tower.
This is a very light weight (and small) foam roller that will be perfect for stretching out after being tucked up in a little lecture chair.
If you don’t have a roller or stretching routine, make sure you are least wiggle around in your seat every now and again.
I find laptops too loud and cumbersome while I am sitting in on panel events. Call me old fashioned but I love the sound of the perfect pen (See 11) with a sharp little point and thin flowing ink, making those hushed little scratches in my notebooks.
Included in my pile is a travel size 2014 Diary, a plain black moleskin journal – lined, an Alice in Wonderland sketch book – un lined, and a perforated moleskin sketch pad. I think there are also a few envelopes in that pile.
So many coffees… So little wastage.
Writers Festivals are all about the coffee right? Oh and the books of course. This Keep Cup is from my favourite cafe in town and will be the perfect reminder of home while I’m away. Thanks Pheobe.
I think these cups may have gone out of fashion in the last 6 months, but I have hung on dearly. They are only really environmentally friendly if you keep using them and don’t let them end up in the rubbish because they aren’t cool any more.
Maybe we can try and bring them back into fashion…
Writing Festivals a known to be filled with Emerging & Established Writers flogging their wears for all to come and purchase. After you fall in love with a a writer during a great workshop presentation, you tend to go buy their book.
No-one ever thinks they are going to buy as many books as they do. But remember writers – They are all tax deductible (See 5).
These book plates are a cute way to keep track of your growing library helping you remember where and when you brought a book.
I am taking 20 book plates to Melbourne for 6 days – that’s 3 and a 1/3 books every day – Watch out merchandise people!
Why am I taking a huge stack of bull dog clips to the Emerging Writers Festival? Well my question to you is, why aren’t you?
These tiny little clasps of genius are for all my receipts!
Sound crazy? Well you are crazy if you are an emerging writer and you are not claiming books and event tickets on your tax. You know it’s true.
I keep a couple of these bull dog clips in my hand bag and purse when I travel because I know I will loose all those little bits of paper. If you don’t loose them, they end up scrunched in the bottom of your bag until you toss them all away.
How many reciepts have you kept from books you have brought, pens, high lighters & note books? How many times have you printed off festival tickets to claim in June on your tax? Having a system to keep all those receipts from flinging out of your bag will mean you will probably get them back to your house in one piece. Clip them together and send them to your tax man!
I found this in my wallet.
After searching my office for two days and finding Indonesian money, Singaporean dollars and a map of Mexico City; I found it in my wallet!
This Myki card is really only relevant to The Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne, but I suggest you get your hands on one, even if you’re only in town for one day. That way, you have a reason to come back next year.
Before heading off to any Writing Festival – Check the weather. This morning I looked up the weather forecast for Melbourne for the next few days and saw it was going to be a little nippy.
This 3 meter long white knit scarf twists up into a tiny little ball, fitting easily into my case. When it unrolls, I can wrap it round my neck 10 times!
Thanks Mum! x
Again with the cold weather of Melbourne – See above.
These fingerless ‘blogging mittens’ are made for typing in the cold Melbourne weather. These were a present from my sister, but I am sure there are plenty of shops that sell lots of mitten like items.
Gloves are great but it is hard to type with them on, and you certainly can’t use a smart phone or hold a pen.
In preparation for my travels, I Googled ‘Melbourne Hipster’ to make sure I had everything I needed to blend into the crowd. Red lips are in!
You may not need to pack red lipstick for your next writing festival, but I certainly recommend googling the place you are going to visit to make sure you adhere to the social customs of the city. When in Rome.
Look out for me. Ill be the one with red lipstick all over the edge of my Keep Cup!
This is an important one, especially if you know your favourite authors is going to be at the festival you’re about to attend.
I happen to know that Hannah Kent will be featured at the Emerging Writers Festival 2014. She may even be one of the festival ambassadors?
While I have already read the book, it might seem like an unnessecary weight to take on the plane but in case I do meet that fine literary author, she might just sign it for me – You never know!
Are you superstitious about your pens?
I have a favourite brand I always buy. I don’t lend these pens to people. I have two at a time, a red and a black. For special occasions I buy myself brand new ones! You don’t want them to run out at crucial moments.
I also would not recommend you be without a pen (Because you are a writer and you will look crazy!) in case you end up getting that signature from Hannah Kent you were after. Oh wait, that was my plan!
These buttons speak for themselves.
They are so that people know I care about reading and books.
While wearing these buttons at the festival I will not be confused with any other person in Melbourne who does not think books are sexy.
They will also make me easier to find. If you see me wearing these about the festival come over and say hi!
Or Black Berry for Kate – How else are you going to tweet, Instagram and update your face book status without a smart phone?
I plan on using mine to take selfies, upload them to instagram, hash tag them #ewf14 and see how many likes I get. But then, isnt that everyones plan really?
No really… I will need this phone for maps, public transport information and accessing all my digital tickets to the events.
Sounds obvious – You’s be surprised how many times everyone leaves this behind.
And make sure you take it home with you too after the festival.