Books symbolize a desire to preserve history, to dream, to create, to share, and even if I can’t read the language they’re written in I believe in their power. Though aspects of our cultures may differ, when we read we discover that we’re all looking to be seen and understood, to be loved, and to feel like our lives are meaningful.
books published by the Participating Writers for 2018 Hobart Festival of Women Writers.
People are wont to read with their own biases and agendas that we cannot control, and having early readers who come from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives may help a writer at least get a sense of the types of issues that might be misinterpreted.
Being among these incredible writers, teachers, learners, volunteers, and organizers inspires me, challenges me, encourages me far beyond the few days of the Festival.
— Stephanie Nikolopoulos