What books did Marion most love and what did she love most about reading?
Mum had a very eclectic library ranging from the Russian classics and Patrick White to the latest blockbuster thriller. In her later years she came to prefer true stories of peoples courage, adventure or beating the odds. She loved an Aussie battler or someone fighting the powers to stand up for the oppressed people.
Do you have any memories of your mum reading to you when you were small? What did she teach you about the importance of literature?
Mum taught me to read before I went to school and was always happy to buy us new books. I remember running home with the book club catalogue from school with all the books I wanted circled and she seemed just as excited as me to order them for me. She always read to us both as well as to her grandchildren and Paul, as the only boy was a reluctant young reader, and mum used all kinds of strategies to encourage him, from reading a book with him to the exciting bit and leaving him to finish it to paying him per book read. It took a few years to pay off but he now has the biggest library of all of us.
What did Marion enjoy about the Brisbane Writers Festival? Were there any particular sessions/guests you can recall that really inspired her?
Mum wasn't particularly interested in following an author or getting books signed, she most enjoyed, I believe, hearing new stories and discovering new ideas. She would pick sessions based on the topic looking to learn something. She loved history, memoirs and travel stories.