Whether you like to read on the go, at home, in bed or poolside with a margarita in hand, reading can take you just about anywhere. Does fantasy writing help you escape the chaos of Richmond train station during peak hour? Or is a good crime novel perfected when read huddled away from Melbourne’s winter chill? All in all, a good book always has the power to transport you. Here are some of our favourite reading spots:
Short stories are my ideal long-haul flight companion. I like being transported to different places in short bursts in between meals, movies, and getting up to stroll the aisle. One of my most memorable flights was with Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. Travel memoirs are great for the beach, and I thumb through news and lifestyle magazines (Time, The Economist, Lucky Peach) at my library. I prefer listening to stories vs reading them during my commute – This American Life is at the top of my list. I’ll consume food memoirs anytime, anyplace, and almost always with a snack. I particularly like the ones with recipes.
Yasmeen, Artist Liaison & Program Coordinator
Every Saturday morning, while the rest of the world catches up on the news, I unashamedly browse endless pages of fashion editorial on blogs and websites as I eat my breakfast in bed. Fashion itself tells so many stories it’s like a wonderful, crazy, beautiful book that goes on and on.
Georgina, Marketing & Development Manager
I read in three places only, all beginning with B: Bed, Balcony and Beach, and I read all sorts of books in all three places. Except for perhaps Jackie Collins – her I only read on the beach.
Ash, Development Coordinator
I love reading books set in the countries and cities where I am travelling. I read The Beach by Alex Garland while travelling in Thailand and was so envious of Richard’s achievement of reaching ‘the beach’. I think we are always looking for our beach in one way or another when we travel. I read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and remember seeing his characters come to life all around me as I explored the streets of India.
Yaniv, Marketing Assistant
I’m might not call myself the “best” reader in the office, but I do listen to a lot of podcasts for my story fix. For some thematic storytelling I love to listen to The Moth, Snap Judgement and my first story-podcast love, This American Life. I also particularly love the way RadioLab and 99% Invisible are able to be both informative and engaging, as they so perfectly blend science and facts within their storytelling.
Merrilee, Festival Administrator
Where do you like to read?
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