Michelle Meehan writes, in intouch magazine #09:
Very few authors enter into a life of writing realistically expecting their endeavours to end in fame and fortune. They simply do it for the love of it.
The same could be said for Newcastle journalist Rosemarie Milsom who, over four years ago, decided to channel her passion for books and her experiences at writer’s festivals into a plan to establish her own fully-fledged literary event right here in the Hunter.
It was a challenging task full of long nights and early mornings, juggling the demands of the festival organisation with the responsibilities of a full-time job and a young family.
There were few personal financial rewards for all her time and effort – budgets are tight for a festival of this sort – but of course, that’s not what Rosemarie was seeking anyway.
She, like the authors she was booking to speak at the event, was simply driven by her passion for the written word.