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Festival 1.0

This weekend marked the first Melbourne Travel Writing Festival. Melbourne is glutted with festivals from Melbourne Film Festival to the Bicycle Film Festival. Do we need another festival?

Judging by the strong audience numbers, we do. Both days were well attended and there was no shortage of speakers. With one of the world's largest guidebook publishers based here and boutique publishing houses like Transit Lounge also setting up shop, it makes sense that Melbourne would have such an event. This also means there's a depth of talent.

My favourite wagger of chins was Brian Thacker, though I had a clash for his excellent session on couchsurfing. I caught his double act with Tony Wilson where the pair shared their collective love for Bill Bryson. A good guest for next year maybe?

But don't just take my word for it. Here's what Thomas Swick thought.