The overseers

It’s just past the first week of March, Writers’ Week here in Adelaide, and a traditional subject for a blog post – see here and here and here and here and here just for some examples. Looking through the various posts, it’s obvious that the setting is a big part of the pleasure of the occasion. To be outside (even if the weather is sometimes very hot), amid beautiful trees and the modestly lovely Pioneer Women’s Memorial Gardens is a treat. This week, I was struck again by the trees – their trunks winding upwards, arching over us – protectively it sometimes seems. They have watched over the writers and us punters through all the years Writers Week has been held there – the speakers’ voices echoing through their branches, the murmur of conversation and the murmur of leaves combining. The women who built the garden and for whom it was dedicated seem to be ‘here’ too, in echoes. It is very restoring, and I have appreciated again all the work and commitment by so many people to making the event happen, and to making it so happy and interesting, this time and each time.

Here are some photos – mostly of the trees, but a smattering of the writers, readers and other things as well (click on photos to enlarge)…

 

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