MWF Keynote address with Boris Johnson

The Melbourne Writers Festival for 2013 is titled “Enquire Within”. Running from today, the 22 August until 1 September the packed program will be presented in venues across Melbourne but mainly at Federation Square in the heart of the city.

This year I have been lucky enough to attend the first few days as Professional Development for work and the first event I booked was the Opening Keynote Address by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, who was billed as:

Pic courtesy of MWF program
Pic courtesy of MWF program

Colourful Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is an irrepressible intellect and hugely influential politician. An ex-journalist and one-time editor of The Spectator, he is a writer, scholar and historian with a lifelong commitment to writing and the value of literature. Boris opens the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival with a special keynote opening address that explores his literary influences, the craft of writing both autobiographical and fictive, and his belief in the power of literature to transform, inspire and delight.

And delight he did with tales of him as a young man in Australia and his love of the Pollywaffle! He also spoke at length about urban living and how Aus leads the way as the most urbanised country in the world; how we love to juggle and blend our love of the country and the city; and of course, fitting for a writers festival, our love of literature and words. He particularly likes fair dinkum and struth!

When asked what he intended on doing after finishing up as Mayor he had the audience laughing at the idea of taking on a female pseudonym and writing an erotic crime novel that you’d find whilst waiting for a plane!

Overall an lighthearted address from a charismatic chap!

Come back to Iced Vovo tomorrow for more snippets from the MWF.

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