Byron Bay Writer's Festival after attending the talk called
"The Ethics of Memoir" and featuring the authors,
Poe Ballantine, Robin Hernly, Kate Holden and David Leser.
The talk was chaired by Janet Steele.
|Robin Hernly, Poe Ballantine, Kate Holden and David Leser.|
The talk was chaired by Janet Steele (far left)
I didn't know much about any of these authors before that Friday and I was only attending the "The Ethics of Memoir" talk to see
Poe Ballantine and find out more about him and then to follow him to the signing tent to get my copy of his book, that I had bought that morning signed.
|David Leser at the Byron Bay Community Centre Saturday August 2nd, 2014.|
|Kate Holden pictured on the inside cover of "In My Skin".|
Heroin is a drug I despise, not that I've tried it, or ever would for recreational purposes, it's just that I have seen it rip apart so many talented lives including family members of my own.
I know any drug, or addiction can destroy lives, but to me heroin is in a class of it's own.
That said, I'm not judging people who have used it...or are using it, as some of my biggest heroes were addicts to this drug at some point in their lives.
People like John Lennon, Paul Kelly and Steve Kilbey, to name a few of the talented people I admire and who confessed to using the drug in their lives at some stage.
Well, here is a synchronicity and I swear this link just came through to me as I got to this part of the post.
Steve Kilbey has just given a frank interview on the ABC about his years of heroin addiction and how it ruined his life.
The Church frontman Steve Kilbey reveals his story of redemption, past successes and future projects
Still, I hate the drug and what it does to communities and families and I just see it for the menace that it is, as far as I'm concerned.
Some don't see the dangers of using this drug until it's way too late.
And since I was right up the front of the line I was also near some of the other authors from the "The Ethics of Memoir" talk.
One of them was Kate Holden and I wished I had purchased the book earlier, as I could have gotten her to sign it there and then.
I told her I enjoyed the talk and that I will buy a copy of her book and get it signed by her later on in the weekend of the festival...
which I did as you can see from the photo of the signed book up at the top of this post.
Kate was very easy to talk to and seemed quite sincere with what she had to say, not just to me, but anyone she talked to while I was there waiting for Poe.
And I am in no way implying anything to do with Kate's old profession and my son's ex-girlfriend when I mention that.
I just mean the way Kate talked, looked and acted at the Writer's festival reminded me of Lucile.
But here is the real kicker that I didn't find out until reading
Kate's memoir,"In My Skin".
Kate used the name Lucy as her working name on the streets and in the brothel.
|Darren Hanlon and Missy Higgins at the BBWF Aug 1st, 2014.|
of her new "Oz" book/album, as an inspiration for
Missy's reworking of "The Angels" song "No Secrets".
I wrote an earlier post about seeing Missy's talk about her book launch announcement at the BBWF on the Sunday at this link -
Missy Higgins Has a New Oz Album on the Way...
And That's Not All
I've also written quite a lot of posts involving Lucy in a synchronistic / synchromystic way, as regular readers of this blog would know.
Lucy: Into the Storm?
|Statue of St. Lucy at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Church in the North End of Boston|
Anyway, it was lovely talking to Kate and reading her
"eye opening" book about being a sex worker with a heroin habit to boot...so to speak, but I feel there are bigger and better books yet to come from Kate and feel she has a lot to give the world with her future literary offerings.
I think Kate is more of a saint than a sinner, in my book.
And I think most people who read her warts and all book will see that for themselves.
Great meeting and listening to you Kate.
Still another Missy Higgins post to come about her Saturday talk in Byron, and also Missy's Brisbane concert that I attended.
So stay tuned.