Writers Week has come and gone for another year and like last year, I took advantage of local libraries live streaming the festival and went to my local library to listen in. One of the talks I was interested in seeing was called City Series. This chat involved 8 different Australian novelists and writers who in 2011, were given the task to write about their home cities. The idea was to explain our cities, not in a guidebook way, but rather in a way that evoked intense memories and resonated deeply with others experiences of their own cities, or to give others a deep sense of what it’s like to live in our particular cities.
A microbrewery in the heart of the city has to be a good thing especially when the brews are complemented with great food with a Portuguese twist. The venue is called Lady Burra Brewhouse and its popularity is still high four years on from when it first opened in Topham Mall Adelaide, the first brewery in the CBD.
It goes without saying that my holiday of choice is hitching up the caravan and taking to the open road, but occasionally it’s good to be a tourist in your own city and take some time to see it through different eyes.
Australian Rules Football season is on us and the men’s teams are battling it out each week to be top dogs in our national sport. To go and watch a game at its highest level is an exhilarating outing, even if you are not entirely sure of the rules (who is?) the spectacle of colour, noise and passion is something to behold. I’m not a fan of crowds but the stadiums the games are held in aren’t too bad for getting crowds in and out without too much fuss.
Adelaide city is mental at this time of year, it’s called Mad March for a reason! The Fringe is on for starters which if you’ve never been, is Australia’s biggest ticket selling open access arts festival.
The city is abuzz every night, it is nuts! Live music everywhere, all types of performers, comedians, magic etc… Parks, gardens, clubs and all sorts of venues have something going on.
Another trip to the city of Adelaide in South Australia, this time to pick up my new camera and to see the best Aussie band ever, Midnight Oil. These guys have been around for more than 40 years and on stage they haven’t lost a thing. Peter Garrett as a front man is the most imposing, dynamic character who at 64 years of age has more energy than I’ve ever had. The entire concert was a buzz from start to finish, every song a highlight. The oils have always had political messages and I’m with them all the way.