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VU well represented at Willy Lit Fest

Victoria University will have its strongest presence ever at the 2010 Williamstown Literary Festival as staff and students participate as judges, workshop presenters, panellists, volunteers and writing contestants.

This is the fourth year VU has been a major sponsor of the Festival, a unique celebration of books and writing from the region.

The volunteer-run event will be held from 27 April - 2 May. Since it was established seven years ago, the Festival has gained increasing recognition for its impressive line-up of authors, comedians, editors and actors, as well as its workshops and panel discussions.

Professor Peter Creamer, VU Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community and Industry) said the Festival is an important cultural event in Melbourne's west and a good fit with many VU activities.

VU notables include:

  • John Weldon, professional writing lecturer and Age restaurant reviewer. John will host a dine-and-review evening, 'Eat Write!' where participants can enjoy a three-course menu and review as they go.
  • Dr Enza Gandolfo, creative writing lecturer and local author. Dr Gandolfo will lead a panel of first-time novelists to discuss the challenges of finding a publisher in 'Starting from Scratch'.
  • Professional writing teacher Sherryl Clark, winner of the Festival's inaugural Ada Cambridge Short Story Competition for biographical writing in 2005. Sherryl will interview Australian actor and scriptwriter Tasma Walton as part of VU's 'Rotunda in the West: Conversations with Australian Writers' program;
  • Research fellow, author and editor of Overland magazine, Jeff Sparrow.  Jeff will discuss love and literature with fellow writers.
  • Students in public relations and event management who have assisted with festival planning and logistics, and professional writing students, several who have been short-listed for Festival writing awards.

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