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VALA Conference 2016

I spent an incredible 3 days at the VALA16 conference, attending meetings, training sessions, presentations, and networking with some wonderful people.

Sessions that I attended:


The rest of the videos of sessions are up.  Interesting papers about semantic web, linked open data, making heritage collections and archives available.
The VALA peer reviewed proceedings will become open in time, access is available at this time, to attendees. 

Oxford Libraries


Oxford is a lovely town and I have to admit that I’m a little in awe of the University experience that people get when they attend the University of Oxford. My main reason to go there was to visit the Bodleian Library and go on an extended tour of the library. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was a little disappointed with the tour. Perhaps it was because I’m a librarian and have a different perspective..? Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside the original Bodleian Library, or the Radcliffe Camera. I was astonished to discovered that each college has its own library as well! In fact, I just found a list of over 100 Oxford University Libraries and College libraries. If a job swap opportunity ever came up, I’d been keen to live there for 6 months (over summer please :).


Catching up with Sarah, the older sister of a girl I went to high school with, and a Librarian at the Radcliffe Science Library was a highlight. Lunch at The Ashmolean Museum was fantastic. Great food and some wonderful exhibits. Talking shop and trading work stories is always great. Sarah’s working on the Oxford University Research Archive and wasn’t impressed to hear about Higher Education Research Data Collection codes. I did point her in the direction of the Swinburne repository and CRO.


Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers' Week

The 2013 Adelaide Writers’ Week explores secret histories – of the ancient world, the British Royal Family, the war in Iraq, the Balkans, marriage, old age, poverty, childhood, Soviet Russia, food politics, video games, love, sex, both World Wars, folktales, art world scandals, court rooms, locker rooms, school rooms, Australia’s convict past, horse breeding, wine making, country houses, movies, murder, money, Chinese food and afternoons on the beach.

I’m going to be volunteering as a live tweeter with the festival for a few of the sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

The official hashtag for Writers’ Week is #AdlWW so make sure you’re following it on twitter if you can’t get along to any of the sessions.

Saturday 2nd March

At 2:30 pm I’ll be tweeting the session on the West Stage, The Next Generation.

Three of Australia’s most distinguished younger poets will reading their work and keep you entertained with a panel discussion about poetry in Australia today.

Fiona Wright’s (@WritesFiona) first collection of poems, Knuckled was published in 2011. Josephine Rowe (@JosephineRowe) is both a poet and a short fiction writer, her most recently collection of stories was Tarcutta Wake. LK Holt is the author of the collections Patience, Mutiny and Man Wolf Man. Join these poets in conversation with Nicholas Jose.

From 5pm I’ll be back at the West Stage for Cold Cold Ground. You’ll be able to catch snippets of Irish born Adrian McKinty‘s (@unitedirishman) session. He’s been described as a master of modern Noir. Born in Belfast, McKinty read law, politics and philosophy before moving to Harlem, New York City – all of which feature in his clever and violent novels. He is the author of two trilogies, one crime, the other YA, as well as stand alone novels including Fifty Grand. Most recently he has published The Cold, Cold Ground. Join him in conversation with Nick Prescott.

Sunday 3 March

The Secrets of the Ancient World : Tom Holland

From the triumph of the Roman Republic to the Persian Empire, from Europe in the year 1000 to the birth of Islam, English historian Tom Holland (@holland_tom) has explored the epic adventures of our ancient past.

Author of Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic,Persian Fire, Millennium and most recently In the Shadow of the Sword, Holland is one of the most celebrated and best-selling historians in the world. Holland’s formidable histories are as compelling as they are meticulous; they are as remarkable for their scholarship as they are for their readability. This award-winning writer is a must-see for anyone curious about the ancient world. Join him in conversation with Michael Cathcart.

Monday 4th March

Sexual Politics, West Stage, 3:45 pm

This session brings together three writers, all of whom identify as feminists. Justine Larbalestier (@JustineLavaworm) is a YA and fantasy writer, playwright Bryony Lavery is the author of iconic works including Thursday and Chika Unigwe (@chikaunigwe) is the author of the novel On Black Sister’s Street, about a group of African women in the sex trade.


Adelaide Writers’ Week starts tomorrow and runs through until the 7th of March. All the action happens at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden