Literature Tour 2016


I have finally finished the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is the Literature Tour and I am feeling incredibly excited about the itinerary I’ve created. I have the classics: a big show (this year it’s Matilda), screen worlds at ACMI, bookstore browsing (this year’s top shops are The Paperback Bookshop, Embiggens Books, and Readings in Carlton), State Library of Victoria exhibitions, the book market, and the Melbourne Aquarium just for fun. This year’s special moments will include the Melbourne Street Art tour. This is new for us, and I found a tour that uses practising street artists as tour guides and includes a tour through their studio. We also will get to meet Meg Rosoff, John Marsden, and William McInnes. We have a Scorsese exhibition, The Nightingale and the Rose exhibition, four Roald Dahl events (how much Roald Dahl is too much Roald Dahl?), and the state poetry slam finals. Of course I have booked the usual one event that the students will come out of staring at each other in amazement saying, “Well, that was weird!” I think it’s fun to have that shared experience – usually ends up being the most talked about event. This year it’s The Ribcage Collective. I was sold on “magical realism” and “intimate theatre experience”. What else? An ekphrastic writing tour at the National Gallery of Victoria, a ghost tour at the Old Melbourne Goal, and a walk along South Bank. It’s going to be a literature packed four days!