Ex Libris a success for Port Fairy

POETS, gumboots, theatre, photos and plenty of books were all part of last weekend's successful Port Fairy Ex Libris Festival of Words.

Now in its 13th year, the Ex Libris weekend continues to be a much-loved event .

Ex Libris co-ordinator Margaret Sinnott said the success of the weekend was pleasing.

"The committee is very proud of the weekend and how well it went. I think everyone that came along enjoyed it," Ms Sinnott said.

"There was a great variety for everyone; over the course of the weekend we had 11 authors presenting and we had sessions for both adults and children."

The theme of the weekend was Bringing It All Back Home, based on the National Year of Reading and the Australian Year of the Farmer.

"That rural-based theme was very successful with things like the country lunch on the Saturday and the Bush Poets' session.

"But the theme didn't restrict us. It was a good base that we were able to branch out from," she said.

Highlights of the weekend included the Big Book Club on Saturday, which drew a crowd of about 40 people, a photo exhibition by James Pevitt at Rebecca's Cafe and several author sessions.

While the weekend gave local writers, poets and publishers the chance to shine, it also brought in some outside literary talent to the town.

Among the authors in town for the weekend was Glynis Bloomfield, who came down from Darwin for the weekend.

Bloomfield said she was originally from the area and friends with Ex Libris committee member Tricia Smith.

"It is my first time to the Ex Libris and it is a good chance to come to Port Fairy and promote my books," Bloomfield said.

"I have travelled around a lot and those experiences have helped shape my writing."

Bloomfield, a children's author, was promoting her newest book, Jake's Secret, with a figurine of the book's main character, an elf called Chadwick, accompanying her on the visit to Port Fairy.


ANTHONY BRADY, 2012, ARTICLE: Ex Libris a success for Port Fairy. 12 Sep, 2012 1am. [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.com.au [Accessed 13 September 2012]
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