A weekly writing session that will run over four weeks for those of you who’d like to kick start – or re-boot – a writing project and to meet others interested in writing about food. Bring your ideas, pen and paper (or laptop) and enjoy three focussed hours or rumination, thinking, tinkering, pondering, planning and writing your food story. The sessions are designed to provide focussed writing time. There will be some guidance from Barbara and plenty of group discussion.
Barbara Sweeney learned to cook from books and draws on that knowledge, as well as the farm visits she gets to experience in her job as food writer for Country Style, to present cooking classes that combine information and stories about the ingredients that are used in the class, and their maker, as well as smart, funny and odd cooking hacks gleaned from cookbooks past and present. Barbara has worked alongside some of the world’s leading chefs (yes, including Mr Ottolenghi) when she was co-ordinator of the Sydney Morning Herald World Chef Showcase (yes, more hacks). She regularly interviews chefs and cookbook authors and organises the annual food writers’ festival Food & Words. In her spare time, she pops up as a Talking Cookbook at farmers’ markets and food events: it’s a project that gets people sharing cooking ideas and hacks and encourages non-cooks to learn to cook. Not only because it makes sense and is good for you, but because it’s fun.