Looks like I won't be able to get to the Melbourne Writers' Festival this year, which is a shame. Instead, I'll have to get the professionals to take notes for me. Such a pain because I really enjoy listening to authors talk about their work. Less fascinating when someone in the audience (often another writer) hijacks the Q&A session. The Chaser produced a great guide on how to ruin festivals for everyone else.
[DISCLAIMER: Occasionally The Chaser slips into bad taste. This is, fortunately, a very rare event.]