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May, 2009


Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers’ Festival Page Parlour

I am invincible.   I have survived 11 days of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, from which I am currently liveblogging, on its final day. Around me are indie publishers, zinesters, perusers, cupcakes, hot chips, Lisa Demster (hello!), Sean Whelan’s cool skeleton badge, and a spiderweb roof. A man just explained of my liveblogging to his wife as [...]

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LiteraryMinded May haiku comp

Theme: In honour of the panel I’m on at the Emerging Writers’ Festival this Saturday (The Revolution Will be Downloaded – 3pm, Melbourne Town Hall), the theme of this month’s haiku competition will be the richness of the internet. From literature to lolcats, Google maps, epic fails, confessionalisms, copyrighted material, Facebook statuses, online libraries, strange [...]

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Trying out a fantasy series… Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, Mortal Instruments: Book One

City of Bones Mortal Instruments: Book One Cassandra Clare 9781406307627 Walker Books, 2007 (Books Two and Three also available – Aus, US) What drew me to Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones – the first in the ‘Mortal Instruments’ series – was the potential of ‘urban fantasy’. There are certain aesthetic things I like about the [...]

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Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 is on!

Friday was the opening night of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, called The First Word. There were performances by Josephine Rowe (spellbinding, as usual), Maxine Clarke (powerful) and The List Operators (hilarious), plus more. There was a ‘Call to Arms’ by comic book writer Shane McCarthy – in which he basically said: if you’re a writer, you’re a [...]

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Christos Tsiolkas + Nam Le: award winners

In honour of the recent awards won by two authors I admire very much, I thought we could revisit my interviews with them. First of all, which awards were these? Christos Tsiolkas won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, awarded at the Auckland Writers’ and Readers’ Festival last week, for The Slap. See the full details here. [...]

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Sexy romance + serious issues: Toni Jordan on Addition

Addition (Text, Aus/Polebridge, US) is a sexy, smart, funny and totally refreshing read. It’s the story of numerical-obsessive Grace, and her unique navigation of life. When Grace meets Seamus, her lifestyle comes into question – the counting, the obsession with dead mathematician Nicola Tesla, the careful structures of her daily life. Can she fall messily [...]

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Annette Viesseux’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #5

Welcome to my desk. If it looks suspiciously like an office desk, that’s because it is one. Hardly glamorous, but certainly functional. This is part of the office the Emerging Writers’ Festival occupies in Arts House in North Melbourne until we move to our new home at the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. Most of [...]

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Newstead Short Story Tattoo

Pictured: The Fictitious Woman readers at the Dig Cafe: Eleanor Marney, Zoe Dattner (behind, who chaired), Carmel Bird, Cate Kennedy, Tiggy Johnson, Janet Barker, Josephine Rowe and moi. The inaugural Newstead Short Story Tattoo took place 15 to 17 May 2009. We gathered, we listened, we absorbed, we read, we learnt, we escaped, we were [...]

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Off to Newstead

Although I’m taking my laptop this weekend, I may not be online. If you would like to keep up to date on the Newstead Short Story Tattoo (or just my silly and possibly drunken adventures) follow my Twitter feed – I can update from my mobile phone (but not check any replies). If you are [...]

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Notes for Somebody in Berlin: a poem by Bel Schenk

1. You are worth keeping like the ticket stub for this museum. You are worth remembering like the catastrophe I am trying to understand.   2. I tell you about my school. Between the green glow of the exit light and the echoing sounds of Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum I look for families in the [...]

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